California's legislature has approved a controversial bill to discipline doctors for what chosen people decide amounts to "Covid misinformation." Critics say authorities and others backing the measure have themselves been guilty of promoting disinformation on Covid, while censoring accurate information.
The following is an excerpt from MedPage Today.
A bill that would allow regulators to discipline doctors for spreading misinformation related to Covid-19 has been approved by California's Legislature.
If signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), the first-of-its-kind law would make California the first state to try to legislate an issue that has contributed to thousands of unnecessary hospitalizations and deaths during the pandemic, according to the American Medical Association, The New York Times reported.
The new law would designate the dissemination of false or misleading information to patients as "unprofessional conduct," the Times noted, and thus subject to punishment by the Medical Board of California and the Osteopathic Medical Board of California.
The bill, known as Assembly Bill 2098 (AB 2098), states that the spread of misinformation about Covid vaccines has "weakened public confidence and placed lives at serious risk," and that healthcare professionals are "some of the most dangerous propagators of inaccurate information" when it comes to Covid vaccines.
According to the Times, the bill has been a exercise in attempting to strike a balance between freedom of speech and public health.
Despite its successful journey through California's Legislature, the bill has been met with criticism, including from an organization called Physicians For Informed Consent, which states on its website that "If AB 2098 passes, I won't be able to tell you what I really think."
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