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Doctors Warn Against Illegal ‘Covid Censorship’ Bill In California That Would Shut Them Down For ‘COVID-19 Misinformation’

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Some doctors in California have vowed to fight a possible new law that would threaten their medical licenses if they were caught spreading “COVID-19 misinformation”

The medical professionals are calling the effort “unconstitutional” and “illegal.”

California Assemblyman Evan Low introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 2098 on Feb. 15, which would prevent licensed physicians and surgeons from spreading so called “covid misinformation”

The Epcoh Times reports: if passed, the law would inject disciplinary actions by the Medical Board of California or the Osteopathic Medical Board of California to care providers promoting alleged misinformation.

“The idea that they’re going to come after physicians that spread misinformation, without defining what misinformation is, [is] frightening,” Physician Dr. Jeff Barke told The Epoch Times.

Amid the pandemic, Barke was among the minority of health care professionals unafraid of challenging the science behind masks and vaccinations pushed by the California Department of Public Health and Center for Disease Control and Prevention—urging for individual freedom of choice.

Barke, a private practice physician in Newport Beach, has continuously fought against COVID-19 mandates and has urged for California schools to reopen—saying children are statistically unlikely to die due to the virus.

While Barke is against the mandates—especially lingering COVID-19 vaccine mandates for kids—he reassures that he is not anti-vaccine.

As the threat of censorship lingers among some health professionals, Barke said he fears scientific studies are at risk—as those who have challenged vaccines and masks will be potentially forced into compliance.

“Science is not about consensus. It’s not about agreement. It’s about sharing and debating ideas,” Barke said. “That sharing and debating ideas has not been allowed during the COVID crisis.”

Mark McDonald, a private practice psychiatrist in Los Angeles, said he is unfazed by the proposed bill—stating he will continue to voice his opinion against COVID-19 mandates until he is chased out of the state.

“If they want to challenge me, then I’ll take them to court,” McDonald told The Epoch Times. “We’re going into year three of this nonsense and I think when you stand up and you don’t give an inch, in most cases, the bullies are actually cowards, and they will collapse.”

McDonald has repeatedly spoken out against the COVID-19 vaccine, masks, social distancing mandates, and school closures at in-person events or on social media. Most of what he put online was either flagged as misinformation or removed, he said.

Nevertheless, McDonald has persisted.

“All doctors really need to stand up and do what’s right, rather than cower in fear and censor their words,” McDonald said.

While leaving the state to avoid losing his license is an option, McDonald said he plans on staying.

“As long as there is something to fight for, you should stay where you are and fight,” McDonald said. “I think California still has some good left in it. Not much, but it still has some good and as long as something can be salvaged, I think those who are fighters need to stay and fight.”

Aside from AB 2098, state officials are requesting support from lawmakers to create a new department to push back against COVID-19 misinformation, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Feb. 17.

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Jim Darnall
Jim Darnall
2 years ago

Any real Doctor worth his own salt for truth should have been questioning many things from the start of this pandemic of lies. Many did and got silenced and censored. Some of this took upon themselves to dive into the truth and fight back. Many treated Covid patients successfully but had to deal with the pressure of keeping their practice. You see, from the beginning we have been lied too about everything. Covid itself and all that goes and went with it. Mandates that goes against real science to control people’s actions and even their lives. This has also been a serious crime against humanity by many nations against their own people. Things are getting somewhat better though their are still many nations not wanting to give up control with their mandates. I pray there are those willing to continue to fight for truth and freedom.

2 years ago

The real question should be “who determines misinformation”? Because all the officials have been lying to us from the start. So if you disagree with them it’s labeled as misinformation. I see many of lawsuits over this. It is going to be interesting to see what comes out of all this.