Newsom Sued by Doctors Over New COVID Law
(ConservativeInsider.org) – COVID protocols and precautions challenged a variety of aspects of American life, whether at school, work, or simply during a trip to the grocery store. Many people got nervous about ongoing lockdowns and laws that came out of the pandemic, including one in California doctors are now raising the alarm about.
Five medical professionals are suing California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) and some of his officials over Assembly Bill No. 2098, which punishes doctors for peddling “misinformation or disinformation” about the virus.
Newsom Signs a Law About COVID-19 Medical Information
On September 30, Newsom signed a controversial bill about “unprofessional conduct” from physicians and surgeons. If allowed to take effect on January 1, 2023, it would allow California’s Medical Board and the Osteopathic Medical Board of California to punish licensed doctors and surgeons for saying anything they believe is “misinformation or disinformation.” The bill defines such info as rhetoric “that is contradicted by contemporary scientific consensus contrary to the standard of care.”
However, many medical professionals have taken issue with this wording, as the coronavirus is still new in the grand scheme of things, and researchers are still learning more about the illness every day. With this, there is still a wide number of treatments considered standard when facing the virus.
Doctors Sue to Stop the Law From Taking Effect
On Wednesday, November 2, five doctors filed the lawsuit against Newsom, along with many of the members of the Medical Board of California and the state’s attorney general. The New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) is representing the doctors, and their lawyer, Jenin Younes, recently called the law “unconstitutional,” emphasizing how it “violates their First Amendment rights to free speech and their Fourteenth Amendment rights to due process of law.”
The NCLA Press Release also noted how the law limits what doctors can tell their patients, breaking down the trust that is essential to a patient-provider relationship. New medical research is constantly coming out about COVID-19, and with that, some doctors may have views different from the California Medical Board about how to treat it.
It often takes time for governmental organizations to come to a “contemporary scientific consensus,” such as how to deal with the coronavirus, and the plaintiffs do not want to be limited in their practice by waiting for the state’s board to decide what is legal.
Watching This Legal Battle Play Out
This law flies in the face of America’s First Amendment rights to free speech. Medical providers want to speak freely with their patients and typically want the best for them. Meaning treatments and protocols may differ greatly among the population, and the doctors taking on this lawsuit do not want to let the government hinder their practice. But only time will tell if they are successful in the notoriously liberal state.
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