Legal action to end medical specialty board retaliation filed by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Educational Foundation (AAPS)

TUCSON, Ariz., July 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Educational Foundation (AAPS) filed a lawsuit today in the Southern Federal District of Texas, against three special medical councils for their threats of retaliation against doctors who speak out on matters of public interest. AAPS defends the First Amendment rights of physicians who, like all American citizens, should be able to speak out publicly without risk of reprisal.

“Our freedoms depend on the ability of physicians and all Americans to speak out on the important issues of our time,” said Andrew Schlafly, who filed this lawsuit. “Entities with a monopoly on board certification should not retaliate against good physicians.”

This new lawsuit asserts that “the defendants wrongfully abuse their authority in a politically partisan manner to chill speeches critical of the positions taken by Dr. Antoine Faucilockdowns, mask mandates, Covid vaccines and even abortion. This complaint seeks injunctive relief and declaratory relief against several of the specialty council’s defendants who hold the council’s certification monopoly, and against the federal government for its new disinformation governance council.

“Although only official state medical boards have proper authority to regulate the practice of medicine, certifications by board defendants constitute a de facto essential credentials to practice in most hospitals or participate in most networks,” the lawsuit states. “By threatening to revoke the board’s certification of physicians, board defendants have unduly chilled physicians’ discourse without the political accountability of official state medical boards,” the complaint adds. .

The Board Respondents are the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and the American Board of Family Medicine. Each of these entities, which hold a monopoly on board certification in their specialties, have declared their intention to discipline doctors who speak out.

“Criticizing Dr. Antoine Fauci should not be cause for retaliation against a doctor for speaking his mind,” Andrew Schlafly states. The lawsuit points out that many Republican senators correctly chastised Dr. Fauci for his statements that “I represent science” and that those who criticize him are “really criticizing science.”

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Educational Foundation is a national organization that co-sponsors conferences and funds scholarships for medical student and resident attendance.

SOURCE Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)

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