SACRAMENTO, California (LifeSiteNews) — California legislators this week passed a bill allowing the state to take legal action against doctors who spread so-called “misinformation” or “disinformation” about COVID-19.
Legislators on Monday voted to send AB 2098 to California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk for a signature, The New York Times reported. The bill was introduced in February by Democratic state Assembly member Evan Low and co-authored by State Senator Richard Pan, a Sacramento Democrat.
According to the language of the legislation, the measure would “designate the dissemination of misinformation or disinformation related to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, or ‘COVID-19,’ as unprofessional conduct. The bill would also make findings and declarations in this regard.”
The legislation defines misinformation as “false information that is contradicted by contemporary scientific consensus contrary to the standard of care.” Disinformation is defined as misinformation that is “deliberately disseminated with malicious intent or an intent to mislead.”
California Assembly Bill AB 2098, passed Senate 29Aug2022 (32-8) & previously Assembly 26May2022 (53-20). Designates the dissemination of misinformation or disinformation related to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, or “COVID-19,” as unprofessional conduct. https://t.co/RR2WmtgpiI
— Brian H Mathison (@brianhmathison) August 30, 2022
Medical professionals who engage in what the state declares “misinformation” or “disinformation” could be stripped of their state licenses by the Medical Board or Osteopathic Medical Board of California.
If signed by Gov. Newsom, who has yet to publicly signal his support for the measure and has three weeks to decide whether or not to sign it, the legislation would be the first in the U.S. to authorize the punishment of physicians who buck the prevailing narrative on COVID-19.
After introducing the bill earlier this year, Assemblyman Low had argued that licensed physicians “must be held to account” because they “possess a high degree of public trust.”
“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,” Low said.
A physicians group has already filed a legal challenge against the legislation.
In a lawsuit against California’s Medical Board, Physicians for Informed Consent (PIC) blasted the measure as an attempt to “unconstitutionally target dissenting physicians, including by attempting to intimidate by investigation, censor and sanction physicians who publicly disagree with the government’s ever-evolving, erratic, and contradictory public health Covid-19 edicts.”
A hearing on the group’s motion for preliminary injunction is set for Sept. 27. PIC requested that the judge order the board “to stop all its investigations of physicians for protected free speech, including but not limited to the public expression of views about the pandemic, the mandates, vaccines, treatments or any other content relating to the pandemic.”
Writing for The National Law Review, Allen Matkins partner Keith Paul Bishop said the bill’s definition of “misinformation” is “particularly troubling.”
According to Bishop, “the problem with this definition is that it treats current scientific consensus as unchallengeable truth.”
“An unintended consequence of this bill will be to stifle the scientific process. Yet unsparing skepticism is fundamental to the scientific enterprise,” he wrote. “Scientific knowledge is based on a continuing process of questioning, observation and experimentation.”
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Ludicrously, 20 world leaders calling for the treaty, including Tedros, Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron, compared the post-Covid world to the post-WWII period, saying similar co-operation is now needed to "dispel the temptations of isolationism and nationalism, and to address the challenges that could only be achieved together in the spirit of solidarity and co-operation - namely peace, prosperity, health and security."
Australian PM Scott Morrison is the latest leader to express support for a “pandemic treaty”.
The stated intention of the WHO is to “kickstart a global process to draft and negotiate a convention, agreement or other international instrument under the Constitution of the World Health Organization to strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.”
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Biden's representatives have submitted amendments to the WHO's International Health Regulations (IHR), which would give the Director General the right to declare health emergencies in any nation, even when disputed by the country in question.
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The ball has been rolling since the last World Health Assembly meeting in December, where the United States launched negotiations "on a new international health instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response," a U.S. statement read.
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Bishop pointed out that CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky recently admitted that the CDC had been “responsible for some pretty dramatic, pretty public mistakes,” during the COVID-19 pandemic, “from testing to data to communications.”
Public health agencies and their representatives have routinely doubled back on advice and information since 2020, even espousing opinions that once may have been declared harmful “misinformation.”
Perhaps most crucially, the CDC, Dr. Fauci, and many other public health “authorities” initially claimed the jabs would prevent people from getting or spreading the virus, a statement that gave legitimacy to widespread vaccine mandates.
The claim has since been walked back, however, replaced by an assertion that the two-dose regimen of injections along with continual booster shots will protect against severe illness or death, but not infection or transmission.
Just this month, the CDC released revised guidance backtracking on universal testing recommendations and suggesting that vaccinated and unvaccinated people be treated the same, given that the vaccine-free likely have naturally-acquired immunity to the virus.
Meanwhile in the United Kingdom, as in the U.S., public health authorities have strongly encouraged the majority of people, including pregnant women, to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
An August 16 public assessment report regarding the Pfizer mRNA shots, however, found that “sufficient reassurance of safe use of the vaccine in pregnant women cannot be provided at the present time.”