“The President saved my life with the Right-To-Try Act,” Natalie Harp says. She gave a powerful and emotional speech at the Republican National Convention in Charlotte Monday evening.
“Good evening, I’m Natalie Harp… a formerly forgotten American from California,” Harp said. To President Donald J. Trump: “I wouldn’t be alive today if it wasn’t for you.”
Harp, a California resident, shared that five years ago she was the victim of a deadly medical accident which left her with a rare and deadly form of bone cancer. She was willing to go into clinical drug trials, but none would have her.
“The Democrats love to talk about health care being a human right. But a right to what?” Harp asked.
“Well, I’ll tell you. To them, it’s a right to marijuana, opioids, and the right-to-die with ‘dignity,’ a politically correct way of saying assisted suicide. I was told I was a burden to my family and to my country—and that by choosing to die early, I’d actually be saving the lives of others by preserving resources for them rather than wasting them on a lost cause like myself.”
“And when I failed the chemotherapies on the market, no one wanted me in their clinical trials—I’d make them look bad,” Harp said. “They didn’t give me the right-to-try experimental treatments, Mr. President. You did. And without you, I’d have died waiting for them to be approved.”
She made headlines in 2019 when she commended Trump for his Right to Try legislation, which allows terminally ill people access to treatments not yet fully approved by the FDA, Fox News reported.
Harp has said that the act allowed her to make a comeback after a nurse’s medical mistake in 2015 nearly killed her. A sample of sterile water had been mixed up with her IV.
“I’m not dying from cancer any more. Thanks to President Trump, I’m living with cancer,” she said during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”
“In Joe Biden’s America, China would control our drug production,” Harp said in her RNC speech. “We’d be one step closer to government-run health care. We wouldn’t just be unable to keep our doctors, we’d be lucky if we could see any doctor. Even then, some of us would be denied care,” Harp said. “For in socialized medicine, you don’t beat the odds. You become the odds.”
In 2018, President Donald J. Trump signed H.R.878, the “Right to Try Act of 2017,” sponsored by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) which amended Federal law to allow certain unapproved, experimental drugs to be administered to terminally ill patients who have exhausted all approved treatment options and are unable to participate in clinical drug trials.
“People who are terminally ill should not have to go from country to country to seek a cure — I want to give them a chance right here at home,” the President said about the importance of the legislation.
Harp explained in her RNC speech that Right to Try legislation returns treatment decisions back to patients, giving them the right to make healthcare choices that could save their lives.
As the President noted when signing the legislation, “Right to Try gives the over 1 million Americans who die from a terminal illness every year a new tool to fight and make potentially lifesaving decisions about their treatment.”
Natalie Harp is a California resident, entrepreneur, and advisory board member for Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.
C-SPAN has the full video. Natalie Harp is at 52:16
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