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Cancer Patient Disrupts TPP Talks over “Death Sentence Clause”

HeadlineOct 01, 2015

In Atlanta, cancer patient Zahara Heckscher disrupted negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership at the Westin Hotel Wednesday. The trade pact, which is being negotiated in secret, involves 12 Pacific Rim nations and about 40 percent of the global economy. Zahara Heckscher was arrested as she demanded access to the secret text to see whether it includes a “death sentence clause” — a U.S. proposal to extend de facto monopolies on medicines by up to eight years, which make the drugs unaffordable.

Zahara Heckscher: “I will not leave until the USTR shows me the secret death sentence clause, so I can verify that the TPP is not going to prevent women like me with cancer from accessing the medicines we need to stay strong and stay alive.”

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