By Bob Hoge
A California federal judge granted a temporary injunction Wednesday against the state’s Assembly Bill 2098, called “Physicians and surgeons: unprofessional conduct,” in a big win for all doctors who don’t appreciate their speech being censored. The “medical misinformation” bill was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom in September and marks one of the biggest dictatorial pandemic-era overreaches by the governor and the Golden State legislature, which is run by a supermajority of Democrats.
The short version of the law is—if you’re a doctor and you say anything about COVID the state doesn’t like, they will take away your license to practice and therefore your career. Somewhere in Washington, D.C. there’s a copy of the U.S. Constitution, but it would appear that Newsom hasn’t bothered to read it or one of its central features, the First Amendment.
Here’s what free speech advocate Dr. Azadeh Khatibi had to say at the time:
They are muzzling us. #AB2098 muzzles doctors by threatening their medical license & livelihood if they don’t follow consensus opinion. In their fear & reactivity, the CA Legislature is creating a Ministry of Truth at @MedBoardOfCA to silence doctors who don't agree with them. pic.twitter.com/TYU6kVervK
— Azadeh Khatibi, MD, MS, MPH (@AzadehKhatibi) September 6, 2022
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