Advocates for Physicians’ Rights (AFPR) is a California non-profit corporation set up to protect the rights of physicians and their patients. AFPR believes that the relationship between a doctor and patient is fundamentally both sacred and confidential. We further believe that this basic tenet must remain intact in order to protect both the practitioner and the patient’s best interests.
Unfortunately, pending legislation, specifically Senate Bill 276, has sought to invade the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship by preventing physicians from exercising their time-honored duties and eroding the practice of medicine. In some instances, these proposed legislative changes would require laypersons to countermand the medical judgment of esteemed licensed physicians in this state. Such a path engenders potentially catastrophic fallout to the minor patients who would be forced to either submit to the state – and go “AMA” or against the medical advice of their own doctors in order to be able to attend school – or alternatively be forced to forego their right to attend school.
AFPR believes that such a dangerous path is fraught with liability. Today more than ever, with the rapid evolution of medical treatments and technological advancements, medicine is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach. It is well-known that even popular and well-proven medical treatments like penicillin are known to cause harm to a certain segment of society, such that an injection of this popular antibiotic – which for many people is life-saving – can in certain circumstances be life-ending if the patient is allergic. Because every person’s body is unique, doctors are required to attend many years of post-graduate study, as well as pass rigorous licensure examinations in order to be allowed to practice medicine in their state. Further, and most obviously, doctors are required by law to establish personal relationships with their patients, centered around the taking of relevant medical histories and performance of examinations, before rendering recommendations for or against any medical treatment. Such safeguards ensure that medical treatments are neither meted out nor withheld robotically.
Through its lobbying and advocacy work, AFPR is committed to ensuring that licensed physicians and medical professionals are alone allowed to practice medicine in California, that state actors and laypersons are not allowed to countermand doctors’ orders with respect to patients, that the sanctity and confidentiality of the doctor-patient relationship is preserved to the utmost, and finally that patients are never forced into choosing between disobeying their own doctors’ recommendations and submitting to State-sponsored medical treatments, or alternatively, failing to capitulate to the State and losing their right to attend school. With these goals firmly in mind, we ask that you both join our group to remain apprised of further developments as well as make a monthly or one-time donation to our cause.