California Governor Newsom must not declare war on doctors over so-called medical ‘misinformation’


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President Joe Biden may have declared the pandemic “over,” but someone needs to tell the state of California. A bill introduced in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk would impose career-ending penalties on doctors found guilty of spreading so-called “misinformation” related to COVID-19. If passed, this law could destroy the medical profession and stifle innovation from coast to coast.

The bill in question, AB 2098, would allow the Medical Board of California to revoke a physician’s license to practice medicine in the state for expressing an opinion “contradicted by contemporary scientific consensus contrary to the standard of care”. The problem is that the “contemporary scientific consensus” has fluctuated wildly over the past two years.

A year ago, President Biden declared COVID-19 to be “an unvaccinated pandemic.” Earlier that summer, he said, “You’re not going to get COVID if you have these vaccines.” Now the bar has been lowered for them to “prevent serious illness”.

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Who can forget the whiplash on masks? At first we were told “STOP BUYING MASKS!” because “they are NOT effective in preventing the general public from catching the coronavirus”. On the first day of his presidency, Biden ordered a mask mandate for federal workers and on federal lands. Last summer, Biden said “if you’re vaccinated, you shouldn’t be wearing a mask,” before reversing course months later and urging Americans to wear masks.

Governor Gavin Newsom with President Joe Biden
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Or take Dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical adviser. In July 2020, he disagreed with medical professionals that the predominant form of transmission was airborne. Instead, he said there wasn’t “a lot of definitive evidence.” Moreover, the CDC flip-flopped on the subject for months and the World Health Organization dithered for two years before acknowledging the facts.

Fauci was wrong. But if those debates had taken place under the shadow of the California bill, doctors and scientists who were right about the data would have faced a choice between silence and persecution from government censors. Truth would languish, science would suffer, and more people would get sick or die.

By enacting a law that requires medical professionals to follow “contemporary scientific consensus”, California is effectively claiming that it has all the answers in the world. Nothing could be further from the truth. While we in the United States vaccinate toddlers, Denmark has banned anyone under 30 from receiving the Moderna vaccine and no longer recommends COVID-19 vaccination for low-risk people under 50. year. If a well-meaning Californian did not want to submit themselves or their child to an mRNA vaccine, they would face an unpleasant choice between falling into “misinformation” or moving to Denmark.

Medical knowledge is constantly evolving. It is constantly shaped by emerging data and trends. No doctor – or politician – has a monopoly on good ideas. Society should encourage people to come up with promising new ideas, not threaten to deprive them of their livelihood.

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In 1983, Senator Johnson’s baby girl underwent corrective surgery at the age of eight months for a severe congenital heart defect. His life was saved because doctors had the ability to improve open-heart surgery techniques and procedures by practicing medicine. California law would severely limit future medical advances like this.

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Even outspoken Democrats are speaking out against the bill. Leana Wen, the former president of Planned Parenthood, warned in her Washington Post op-ed that “the legislation will have a chilling effect on medical practice, with widespread repercussions that could paradoxically worsen patient care.”

What happens in California doesn’t stay in California. Newsom can kill this terrible bill and prevent a hostile takeover of medicine by oppressive government censors. Hope he does the right thing.

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Pierre Kory, MD, is President and Chief Medical Officer of the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance.


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