CA Quietly Repeals COVID ‘Misinfo’ Law That Targeted Doctors’ Speech Rights

  • Facing the risk of a stinging loss before a federal appeals panel, California’s Democrat-dominated legislature has repealed a law that would have allowed the state to strip the medical licenses of any doctors who discussed information about Covid that ran counter to what the state believed to be correct.
  • On Oct. 1, the state of California formally repealed the constitutionally controversial provisions within a recently enacted state law, known as AB2098, which empowered state officials to take action against medical professionals who shared with patients so-called “misinformation” or “disinformation” about the virus that causes Covid-19.
  • Under AB2098, the California Medical Board could take disciplinary actions against doctors who share any information about Covid with patients that has not been endorsed by state public health officials or was not in keeping with “contemporary scientific consensus” concerning Covid.
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