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Petition Angelina Jolie

May 17, 2013


Anyone who supports corporate ownership of genes must also love Monsanto.

Monsanto is widely regarded as the "most evil corporation" on the planet. Why? Because it claims ownership over the genetic code of seeds it sells to farmers. If Monsanto gets its ultimate wish, anyone who wants to grow food anywhere in the world will have to pay a royalty to Monsanto.

Like Monsanto, companies that "own" patents on human genes have the same goal. They want every human being to pay them royalties every time they run a test on a specific gene.
By any standard of human rights and decency, these practices are "evil." No person is truly free if powerful, billion-dollar corporations can claim ownership over their genetic code.


Angelina Jolie's celebrated double mastectomy P.R. campaign feeds into the profits of the trillion dollar industry which claims to own human genes.

Does Angelina Jolie really stand up for women and human rights? Or is she a corporate sellout who is herding women into the for-profit cancer industry that is legally claiming ownership over the genetic code of all women?


• Breast cancer is NOT caused by BRCA genes. Everyone — women and men — has the two BRCA genes. These genes help prevent cancer from developing.

There is no scientific proof that BRCA gene mutations are inherited. Lifestyle, environment and emotional trauma are factors in the development of cancers.

• The BRCA1 gene is patented by a corporation called Myriad Genetics. All patents are government-enforced monopolies over intellectual property, and they prevent anyone else from conducting research or testing on the BRCA1 gene without paying huge royalties to Myriad. This is why the BRCA detection tests cost $3,000 - $4,000 each.

• Angelina Jolie's announcement of a double mastectomy even though she had no breast cancer caused the stock price of Myriad to skyrocket to a 52-week high.

Obamacare mandates that, over the next few years, taxpayers start paying for BRCA1 gene testing. This will be a direct transfer of money from taxpayers to the corporations that "own" the human genes being tested.

• An imminent Supreme Court decision could make or break the human gene testing industry. Trillions of dollars are at stake. If the Supreme Court rules against corporate patents on human genes, BRCA1 testing will become amazingly affordable (in the $100 range), thereby denying billions of dollars in profits to gene patent holders.


Patenting seeds and genes is a gross violation of nature. How can a corporation claim to have invented something that has already existed in human beings for hundreds of thousands of years?

The BRCA gene existed long before Myriad Genetics even came into existence. So how can Myriad "own" the BRCA genes?


Angelina Jolie's support of the BRCA gene patents is criminal. By terrifying women all across the country, Jolie is leading them straight into the hands of the for-profit cancer industry which already claims to own part of the genetic code of all women.

This is a violation of nature, of human rights, of women's rights and reproductive rights. If Angelina Jolie really wants to prove she supports women, she must denounce corporate ownership of human genes. Failure to do that is nothing short of an open admission that she is working for corporate monopolists who seek to dominate women with intellectual property patents on human genes.

Your genetic code belongs to you and your children, not to a bunch of financial investors and corporate monopolists. Having children means replicating your genetic code. Patent laws are written so that anyone who has a child with the BRCA gene mutation is technically in violation of U.S. patent laws and must pay a royalty to Myriad Genetics for each child born with the mutation. But you can't even find out if your child has the mutation unless you pay Myriad a huge fee just for the "right" to examine your own genes. That's a form of "genetic enslavement," and Angelina Jolie is famously supporting it.


Is Angelina Jolie a corporate sellout, or a true humanitarian? Will she denounce the corporate ownership of human genes, or will she remain silent and continue to mislead women into unwittingly being victimized and exploited by for-profit corporations?

No person is truly free if powerful, billion-dollar corporations can claim ownership over their genetic code. Jolie has never spoken out against this exploitation of women. Will she now?

Go to these Facebook pages and post the following question to Angelina Jolie: Will you denounce corporate patents on human genes?

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