Illinois House passes "Right to Try" legislation

SPRINGFIELD - Legislation that would give terminally-ill patients more options to participate in experimental treatments has passed the Illinois House.

Officials say the measure was passed 114-1, with the only "no" vote coming from State Representative Al Riley.  Riley said that he likes the idea of offering more chances for terminally-ill patients to seek treatment, but also wants those treatments to be completely safe.

However, supporters of the "Right to Try" legislation say that it gives hope to individuals who have attempted all other conventional treatments available.  Under the proposed legislation, terminally-ill patients will be allowed to try treatments that have only passed the first phase of federal testing.

The measure will now move to the Illinois Senate for consideration.

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