Posted B Y: Jamie White
Radical bill aims to prevent doctors from speaking out against the official COVID narrative. A clear violation of ‘do no harm, is the guiding principle of basic medical ethics.
From The New York Times:
The law would designate spreading false or misleading medical information to patients as “unprofessional conduct,” subject to punishment by the agency that licenses doctors, the Medical Board of California. That could include suspending or revoking a doctor’s license to practice medicine in the state.
While the legislation has raised concerns over freedom of speech, the bill’s sponsors said the extensive harm caused by false information required holding incompetent or ill-intentioned doctors accountable.
“In order for a patient to give informed consent, they have to be well informed,” said State Senator Richard Pan, a Democrat from Sacramento and a co-author of the bill. A pediatrician himself and a prominent proponent of stronger vaccination requirements, he said the law was intended to address “the most egregious cases” of deliberately misleading patients.
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California’s Governor Gavin Newsom (D) has a few weeks to sign the bill, but he has not publicly stated his position on it as of this writing.
Should Newsom sign the bill into law, the state would then establish a “Disinformation Authority” that would investigate doctors for contradicting officially approved COVID treatments, such as prescribing ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine.
From The Times:
The legislation defines disinformation as falsehoods “deliberately disseminated with malicious intent or an intent to mislead.” Treading into the at times contentious debates over alternative, often unproven Covid treatments, the bill defines misinformation as spreading information “that is contradicted by contemporary scientific consensus contrary to the standard of care.”
It says doctors have “a duty to provide their patients with accurate, science-based information.” That would include the use of approved vaccines, which have been subject to fierce debates and political activism across the country, though there is broad agreement among medical professionals about their effectiveness.
A group of advocate doctors called Physicians for Informed Consent (PIC) filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction against this bill, saying it would “intimidate” doctors into silence instead of advising patients, and calling the bill’s definition of misinformation “hopelessly vague.”
Pediatric physician Dr. Angie Farella also explained on Telegram how the radical bill violates basic medical ethics.
“This bill is the epitome of medical censorship, which is what we’ve been yelling about for two years now,” Dr. Farella said. “This is a wedge that will be put between a patient and a physician against the physician’s oath to first Do No Harm.”