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All Eyes On Gov. Newsom as California Looks To Pass Nation’s First Law To Punish Doctors For COVID ‘Misinformation’

California Assembly Bill 2098, passed Aug. 29 by the California Senate and now awaiting Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature, would subject doctors and others to disciplinary action — including having their licenses to practice medicine in California suspended or revoked — for spreading COVID-19 “misinformation.”

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By Suzanne Burdick, Ph.D.

California is poised to become the first state to take legal action against medical practitioners accused of spreading COVID-19 “misinformation or disinformation.”

California Assembly Bill 2098 (AB 2098), passed Aug. 29 by the California Senate and now awaiting Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature, would subject doctors and others to disciplinary action — including having their licenses to practice medicine in California suspended or revoked — for spreading “vaccine disinformation.”

The bill, which states that some of the most “dangerous propagators” of inaccurate information about COVID-19 vaccines are licensed healthcare professionals, declares it to be “unprofessional conduct” for a physician and surgeon to disseminate “misinformation or disinformation related to COVID-19, including false or misleading information regarding the nature and risks of the virus, its prevention and treatment; and the development, safety, and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.”

Gov. Newsom, who has until Sept. 19 to sign the bill, has not yet taken a public position on it, The New York Times reported.

The bill defines “misinformation” as any “false” information that is “contradicted by contemporary scientific consensus contrary to the standard of care.”

In an Aug. 30 tweet, Jenin Younes, litigation counsel for the New Civil Liberties Alliance, called the bill “horrifying”:

Physicians for Informed Consent on its website has an image of a physician with duct tape over her mouth accompanied by this statement: “If AB 2098 passes, I won’t be able to tell you what I really think.”

Dr. Meryl Nass, an internist and biological warfare epidemiologist, told The Defender, “Multiple states have already threatened or punished doctors for ‘spreading COVID misinformation.’ I had my license immediately suspended for this and await a hearing next month.”

Nass, a member of the Children’s Health Defense scientific advisory committee, continued:

“However, we have a First Amendment and often state laws that explicitly protect free speech.

“The California legislation, when signed, will be a first-in-the-nation attempt to legislate around the First Amendment and criminalize free speech.

“This will legalize what has already been carried out by what I would call ‘rogue’ medical boards who are unaware of our constitutionally guaranteed rights.”

AB 2098 was introduced in mid-February by California Assemblymember Evan Low — one of seven Democratic lawmakers who in January formed the Vaccine Work Group to develop legislation promoting the use of COVID-19 vaccines while “battling misinformation.” The bill passed the California Assembly in May.

Assemblymember Low said in a statement the bill would give California medical boards the “tools” necessary to bring “discipline actions” against licensed physicians charged with spreading COVID-19 misinformation.

“Due to their specialized knowledge and training,” Low said, “licensed physicians possess a high degree of public trust and therefore must be held to account. The spreading of misinformation, of inaccurate COVID-19 information, contradicts that responsibility and threatens to further erode the public trust in the medical profession and puts all patients at risk.”

However, critics said that AB 2098 would have negative repercussions if it were made into law.

California Health Coalition Advocacy (CHCA), an organization that works to “expand, protect and promote the health and well-being of Californians,” in March wrote a letter to Assemblymember Low voicing its concerns about AB 2098.

In the letter, CHCA said doctors go through “rigorous education and training” and should be allowed to “voice their medical and professional opinions freely” and that the healthcare provider shortage might be “exacerbated” as an “unintended consequence” of the proposed law.

CHCA said it’s problematic that the bill defines “misinformation” as anything that goes against contemporary scientific “consensus,” as science is a continual evolution whose development has historically depended on considering minority voices.

Other opponents of the bill said the “standard of care” language is too vague and warned that it could be construed to mean whatever the government says it means.

Political commentator Robby Soave, a host of “Rising” on Hill TVwrote in an article for Reason:

“Science is a deliberative process, and medical professionals need to be allowed to dissent from mainstream orthodoxies and challenge dominant perspectives. Patients deserve expert care, but it’s unreasonable for the government to compel ideological conformity in this field.

“Besides, the state has shown no particular aptitude for discerning what constitutes genuine misinformation. On the contrary, government actors have frequently instructed social media companies to be wary of perfectly legitimate points of view.”

“Science and medicine,” CHCA said in its letter to Assemblymember Low, “have historically been advanced through minority voices. The stifling of dissenting opinion will have long-lasting effects on the advancement of health care.”

CHCA continued:

“The understanding of the data and science related to COVID-19 continues to change as more studies are done. Standards of care are being updated as new information and treatments emerge.

“Any attempt at determining ‘contemporary scientific consensus’ will be fleeting.

“Top doctors in their field from UCSF, Stanford, and other well-respected institutions are speaking out about their lack of support for COVID-19 vaccines for children. Would these respected doctors be disciplined if AB 2098 were to pass?”

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AB 2098 makes informed consent illegal

Some critics argued that if doctors risk losing their license by sharing any medical information not supported by “scientific consensus,” doctors will be unable to thoroughly discuss possible modes of treatment with patients and unable to provide patients with sufficient information to consent to treatments.

Dr. Mary Talley Bowden, a member of the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance, said in a Sept. 6 post:

“As a patient, you have rights to full informed consent prior to any medical intervention or therapeutic use. Furthermore, you have the right to access and try novel or off-label treatments, if you and your doctor determine this is the best choice for you. AB2098 will strip you of those rights.”

Some said the bill would “criminalize” patients’ informed consent process. Such medical censorship would mean “opening the gates to medical atrocities,” said Vera Sharav,  founder and president of the Alliance for Human Research Protection

“Criminalizing informed consent is the last step before medicine is weaponized — as a murderous, government-dictated endeavor,” Sharav told The Defender.

However, the American Medical Association (AMA), which strongly supports AB 2098, hopes other states will follow suit in “ensuring that licensing boards have the authority to take disciplinary action against health professionals for spreading health-related disinformation,” according to a new policy adopted at its mid-June annual meeting aimed at addressing public health “disinformation.”

The adopted policy expanded on prior efforts and called for the AMA to work with “health professional societies and other relevant organizations to implement a comprehensive strategy to address health-related disinformation disseminated by health professionals.”

In addition to equipping licensing boards with the legal tools to punish doctors for “spreading health-related disinformation,” the AMA’s adopted policy included these eight other priorities:

  • “Maintaining the AMA as a trusted source of evidence-based information for physicians and patients.
  • “Ensuring that evidence-based medical and public health information is accessible by engaging with publishers, research institutions and media organizations to develop best practices around paywalls and preprints to improve access to evidence-based information and analysis.
  • “Addressing disinformation disseminated by health professionals via social media platforms and addressing the monetization of spreading disinformation on social media platforms.
  • “Educating health professionals and the public on how to recognize disinformation as well as how it spreads.
  • “Considering the role of health-professional societies in serving as appropriate fact-checking entities for health-related information disseminated by various media platforms.
  • “Encouraging continuing education to be available for health professionals who serve as fact-checker to help prevent the dissemination of health-related information.
  • “Ensuring specialty boards have the authority to take action against board certification for health professionals spreading health-related disinformation.
  • “Encouraging state and local medical societies to engage in dispelling disinformation in their jurisdictions.”

COVID vaccines’ safety, efficacy not yet established

The safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines continue to be topics of scientific debate.

In July, seven highly distinguished medical researchers — including Peter Doshi, Ph.D., — wrote an open letter in The BMJ to the CEOs of Moderna and Pfizer asking the pharmaceutical companies to release clinical trial datasets for independent scientific review.

Doshi and colleagues noted the results of their recent study showing the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines exhibited a “risk increase” of “serious adverse events of special interest” — which raised concerns that “mRNA vaccines are associated with more harm than initially estimated at the time of emergency authorization.”

“COVID-19 vaccines are now among the most widely disseminated medicines in the history of the world,” they said. “Yet, results from the pivotal clinical trials cannot be verified by independent analysts.”

Doshi and colleagues added:

“The public has a legitimate right to an impartial analysis of these data. COVID vaccinations have cost taxpayers tens of billions of dollars, perhaps even rivaling the annual NIH [National Institutes of Health] budget for all aspects of biomedical and behavioral research.

“Transparency, reproducibility, and replication are cornerstones of high-quality science. The time is overdue for Pfizer and Moderna to allow independent scientists and physicians to see the original data and to replicate the analyses.”

Suzanne Burdick, Ph.D., is a reporter and researcher for The Defender based in Fairfield, Iowa. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin (2021), and a master’s degree in communication and leadership from Gonzaga University (2015). Her scholarship has been published in Health Communication. She has taught at various academic institutions in the United States and is fluent in Spanish.

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17 comments

stpaulchuck September 11, 2022 at 12:25 pm

there is NO such thing as “scientific consensus”.

“Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had.” – Michael Crichton
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“There is no such thing as consensus science. If it’s consensus, it isn’t science. If it’s science, it isn’t consensus. Period.” – Michael Crichton

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american guy September 12, 2022 at 3:55 am

There are sinister money-grubbing people such as Newsom including numerous entities who DO NOT WANT to stop the spread of any disease nor the advocating of their false data and (adultered) documents. It all has to do with GREED and the constant flow of federal monies for their personal use. Take note of the obviously glaring fact that not one dime of these federal monies goes to the citzenry and city/state betterment, despite their claims to the contrary. Those doctors who are being discriminated against by Newsom and others should relocate to states who welcome sound medical practice and according to the oaths they swore by. Newsom is nothing more than (another) terrrorist in disguise, who along with others of his ilk, are using the segregation tactic to target blacks and minorities who have refused to submit to some bogus vaccine. These groups are those who are being targeted for extermination via a toxic vaxx/boosters in the first place while others are deemed as nothing more than “collateral damage’ by covid-vaxx conspirators.

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Jack September 12, 2022 at 4:20 am

The sun revolves around a flat earth. Go back a few centuries and that was the scientific consensus. But at least those early flat earthers actually believed their “science.” Today we’ve got “scientists” who know they’re lying and killing millions in the process but the gravy train is just too good to jump off of. May history judge them as the genocidal betrayers of science that they are.

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Cj September 12, 2022 at 4:22 am

As a patient with several auto-immune diseases legislation such as this terrifies me. Every “body” is different and each reacts differently to courses of treatment. Legislation such as this would have kept the doc I see for my MS from discussing the use of CBD’s rather than steroids (prednisone, solumedrol, etc.) for the systemic inflammation. Overall, this Bill, AB 2098, would criminalize Informed Consent, limit treatment options for patients, and force doctors to “tow the party line”. It must not become a Law.

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DAV September 13, 2022 at 2:53 am

Well, it looks like since doctors are losing their freedom of speech in CallousForlornYa and Newsom determines what is true or not; there will be another shortage of U-Haul trailers ! Brilliant Lie-beral Demonocrat policies and the consequences thereof.

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Anticommie September 12, 2022 at 7:05 am

Unconstitutional, and they know it. It is another leftist ruling class deceit meant to satisfy and keep in line their frightened, dumbed-down base and any other saps who might also be gullible to fear mongering. Covid and dead and so are a whole lot of vaccinated people.

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JGC September 12, 2022 at 4:34 pm

We can make a positive out of this train wreak legislation.

If I may post the official legislative results on this website CDMedia, it is:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billVotesClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB2098

Commentary:

Read the BIOS of Stalwarts that voted “Nay”

And, also read the BIOS of those in the Assembly that voted “NVR”.

We can stay connected in many ways and influence the gov we live under.

DO NOT RUN FROM CALIFORNIA!

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ADLoggy September 12, 2022 at 8:34 am

So, in California, politicians decide how medical doctors can treat their patients. Doctors need to leave the land of fruits and nuts and go to Red states that welcome second opinions.

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D3F1ANT September 12, 2022 at 8:40 am

Who decides what is misinformation? The Democrats and their Federal minions? The liars at CDC? Please…

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Ren September 13, 2022 at 12:23 pm

Don’t forget their Big pHarma cronies and the presstitutes of America’s legacy Pravda. Worth noting both parties are swilling at the trough of cronyism. Especially Big Pharma which has been likened to organized crime.

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Doc September 12, 2022 at 8:49 am

Medicine in California is becoming a cult run by ignorant priests.

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awakenotwoke September 12, 2022 at 9:18 am

“The bill defines “misinformation” as any “false” information that is “contradicted by contemporary scientific consensus contrary to the standard of care.””

Scientific consensus? Like the theory that the universe always was and was ever expanding? No, wait that was superseded by the “Big Bang Theory” consensus, which is now being challenged based on astronomical findings from both the Hubble and the newer James Webb Space telescope. The new photos show galaxies that are too small, too old, too smooth, and less chaotic for their accepted (and assumed) age of 13.8 billion years. So another theory, losing consensus, but scientific consensus is the coin of the realm for the elitist simpletons leading the hoi polloi simpletons.

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Cecil M Woods September 12, 2022 at 10:45 am

What they don’t realize is this can be used against them once truths come out

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Bill September 12, 2022 at 1:09 pm

Con census.

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Torpedo September 12, 2022 at 5:59 pm

“When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.” George RR Martin

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MrLiberty September 12, 2022 at 7:40 pm

People want to pretend that this is something “new.” Doctors have NEVER been allowed to tell the truth about ANYTHING. The are not allowed to talk about vitamins, alternative medicine, supplements, or anything that goes against the government/bigPharma-approved agenda. It has been that way since every doctor had to beg the government for PERMISSION to practice medicine. We have NO FREEDOM in medicine, and this is just an extension of the tyranny that has gripped medicine since the 1910 FLEXNER report. Look it up. Most have NO IDEA that there exists an entire world of alternative medicine that has NOTHING to do with pills or bigPharma lies. Pathetic that so many think that this CA bill is something out of the ordinary, and don’t realize one bit that doctors are NOT FREE and have NEVER BEEN. Wake up people and demand MEDICAL FREEDOM!!!!!

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