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Doctor Fined $100,000 For ‘Anti-Vax- Social Media Posts

A Canadian medical committee has ordered a chiropractor to pay $100,000 for sharing “anti-vaccine” views on social media.

The ruling by the medical committee orders Dr. Dena Churchill of Halifax to pay the Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors for “professional misconduct” after she shared “her personal views that vaccinations could be harmful.”

“Dr. Churchill’s conduct brought the profession of chiropractic into disrepute,” the committee wrote.

The college maintained social media posts Dr. Churchill made in 2018 were an “egregious breach” of the national chiropractic association’s guidelines, which reportedly order chiropractors “not to discuss vaccines in any capacity,” according to the CBC.

“Dr. Churchill was responsible for social media posts outside her scope of practice which were harmful to the public,” the committee wrote, noting she was defiant of regulators and refused to delete certain posts.

“Dr. Churchill maintained significant social media activity which is outside the scope of practice of chiropractic in Nova Scotia despite direct instruction to stop. That is egregious conduct.”

The committee also noted that Dr. Churchill refused to bend to pressure, maintaining, “Her personal views are her personal views,” and that she “does not retreat from those views” that vaccines can cause harm.

“The entire matter could have been avoided if Dr. Churchill deleted offending posts from her social media account, the committee admits, adding, “She refused.”

“Dr. Churchill has been found guilty of the charges that have been filed against her,” the Hearing Committee wrote.

After taking her finances and health into consideration, the committee decided to allow Dr. Churchill to pay $100,000 over the course of 10 years, maintaining that if she didn’t pay “at least a total of $30,000 by January 2, 2022,” she’d have to pay the total in full.

In a Facebook post Friday, Dr. Churchill thanked the CBC for its coverage of her story.

“My sincere hope is that my example will awaken more of the public to the control and manipulation of the medical industrial complex,” she wrote.

“[T]he article is perfectly correct in that I have no remorse and I would do it all over again if I had the opportunity,” said Dr. Churchill.

“VACCINES ARE DANGEROUS educated people know this if they study the research. ‘Anti’ is a word used to divide the population, I’d encourage you to BE VACCINE INFORMED.”

“Silencing us doctors in any discipline is against the charter of rights and freedoms,” she added. “And to silence us when we are trying to relate dangers to public based on research is criminal!”

Legal Thought

I am no doctor and make no comment on vaccines, but I do comment on Speech.  Recently in the USA, twitter, facebook, and other social sites have been accused of silencing users for posts that the owners of those companies do not agree with.  However, four days ago an Appeal’s Court stated that Donald Trump “engaged in unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination by …blocking” on his private page.  Thus if a viewpoint is a protected “class” why is it that so many will not listen to another that they disagree with?

What is the importance of Freedom of Speech?

Simply put – when we fail to respect the perspectives of other’s views, those that have the power will use their position to silence that view.  Civil Discord is healthy for progression of thought; uncivil detention of thought, voice, or violence against such is the action of those unwilling to accept they may not be right.  Every lawyer must accept civil discord as a way of life, everyday, in order to achieve true justice for their client.  At Goldfinch Winslow we work hard everyday to create a positive atmosphere for civil disagreements, to better understand a perspective other than our own.

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