Breaking--AAPS Files Amicus Brief Against Biden Administration’s Censorship
Physician Organization Fighting Social Media Suppression of Vaccine Safety Data in Landmark Case
By Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH
Please see this press release from AAPS:
“The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) filed an amicus curiae brief, on February 7, in the U.S. Supreme Court in opposition to the censorship imposed by the Biden Administration by pressuring social media to take down postings critical of Covid vaccination. Set for oral argument on Monday, March 18, this is one of the biggest cases before the Supreme Court this term.
Our national motto is not “In Vaccines We Trust,” or even “In Government We Trust,” AAPS states. “The right to criticize vaccines and government mandates of vaccines should not be abridged as brazenly sought” by the Biden Administration and its allies.
The AAPS amicus brief explains that “vaccine hesitancy” is not a psychological condition, as proponents of censorship pretend, “but rather is justified self-defense against a government that abuses its power by imposing vaccine mandates.”
Citing many historical examples of vaccine failures, this brief points out that the “right to criticize a vaccine is essential especially when government flagrantly ignores safety issues,” as the Biden Administration has concerning Covid vaccines.
“The Surgeon General of Florida, our third largest state, cannot obtain answers from the Biden Administration about safety concerns with Covid vaccines,” states Andrew Schlafly as General Counsel of AAPS. “Instead of censoring issues raised about the Covid vaccines on social media, the Biden Administration officials should be providing answers to the questions raised,” he added.
The AAPS brief is particularly critical of an amicus brief filed by the AMA and other groups supportive of Biden’s vaccination policies. “If adopted, the AMA Amici’s arguments would green-light government censorship of the presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., whose motion to intervene in this case to protect his First Amendment rights was denied by this Court,” AAPS’s brief points out.
“When the federal government tells social media platforms to take action against postings, then our basic free speech rights are gravely endangered,” Mr. Schlafly observes. This case is captioned Murthy v. Biden (formerly Missouri v. Biden) (U.S. Sup. Ct. 23-411).
Thus far, AAPS and American Frontline Doctors (AFLDS) have filed briefs supporting free speech on important medical issues including vaccine safety in this landmark Supreme Court Case. Medical organizations filing briefs encouraging government censorship in the media and social media sadly include the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Medicine, American College of Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Geriatrics Society.
I am a proud member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons which is one of the oldest medical societies, founded in 1943 as a pro-patient association of physicians who are in the practice of private medicine. Its motto means “all for the patient.” Please consider supporting AAPS as they gear up to fight for your personal medical freedom which includes the honest opinion and free speech of your doctors in the exam room and in the media.
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Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH
President, McCullough Foundation