The Epoch Times: California’s ‘Misinformation’ Law Targets ‘Doctor Zero’
A new and unconstitutional, Orwellian gag-order law took effect on Jan. 1. Titled “Physicians and surgeons: unprofessional conduct,” the law permits the Medical Board of California to discipline doctors who “disseminate” misinformation.
It’s an obvious and direct attack on the First Amendment—freedom of speech—as well as the Fifth Amendment, which says an individual cannot be compelled by the government to provide incriminating information about himself, and the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection under the laws.
This law attempts to mandate a new and undefined standard known as “contemporary scientific consensus” and illegally suppress differing professional opinions counter to this consensus on COVID-19.
Differing professional opinions are of course protected from governmental interference and censorship by the First Amendment.
The importance of differing professional opinions is also enshrined in the practice of medicine by the longstanding right and traditional entitlement of patients to the time-honored “second opinion.”
If everyone were forced to adopt the undefinable “contemporary scientific consensus,” second opinions could be deemed to be “misinformation.”
As a physician and attorney, I am particularly interested in this law as it is very dangerous for both doctors and patients. It also happens that I am “Doctor Zero,” responsible for triggering California legislators to pass this unconstitutional law.
The transcripts of the committee hearings and bill analyses, mentioning me by name as the founder of America’s Frontline Doctors (AFLDS), can be found at this link. Shockingly, these legislative hearings, particularly on Aug. 30 and May 13, 2022, target a specific individual. Such a deeply flawed legislative history also undermines the bill’s legality.
She graduated from Chicago Medical School before earning her Juris Doctorate degree at Stanford University Law School. Her first book “I Do Not Consent: My Fight Against Medical Cancel Culture” was a best seller and her second book “Selective Persecution” will be published Spring 2023.
She is currently being investigated for misinformation by the Medical Board of California.