In Columbus, Ohio, two years ago, a physician from the Cleveland area entered the House Health Committee room and told state lawmakers that COVID-19 vaccines could magnetize individuals and have a connection with cell towers.
Her statements, widely ridiculed, prompted an influx of 350 complaints to the State Medical Board, leading to a sequence of events that resulted in the indefinite suspension of the medical license of anti-vaccine advocate Sherri Tenpenny on Wednesday.
The board, responsible for safeguarding the public and overseeing the licensing of doctors in Ohio, revoked Tenpenny’s license due to procedural violations rather than the content of her statements. The board’s investigators found that she resisted their attempts to interview her, refused to answer written inquiries, and broadly objected to their investigation.
Dr. Tenpenny, neither you nor any doctor licensed by this board is exempt from the law, and you must cooperate with the investigation,” remarked Dr. Jonathan Feibel, a member of the medical board and an orthopedic surgeon. “You have failed to do so, and therefore, your license will be suspended until you comply.”
During the hearing, Dr. Amol Soin, a pain management specialist and board member, clarified that the suspension isn’t related to vaccines, magnets, or cell towers; rather, it’s about the board’s fundamental duty to oversee physicians’ conduct and their obligation to cooperate.
The license to practice medicine is not an inherent right. It’s a privilege that must be earned and upheld,” he stated. “When you obtain that license and privilege, you implicitly consent to certain reasonable expectations. One of these reasonable expectations is to cooperate when someone files a complaint against you. In this case, there were 350 complaints. Cooperating in such a scenario is a very reasonable expectation.”
They inquired about the evidence Tenpenny had to support the notion that vaccines can cause magnetism in people or have a connection with cell towers. Additionally, they sought more information about the assertion that major urban areas are disposing of deceased bodies by liquefying them and adding them to the water supply.