Former UC Irvine ‘Medical Ethics’ Director Files Lawsuit After Getting Fired for Challenging Vaccine Mandate
“Instead of protecting the academic freedom of this leading medical ethicist and one of UC’s most respected medical teachers, UC fired him”
Years from now, we will look back on this period and marvel at all the madness.
Campus Reform reports:
University fires ‘medical ethics’ director after he challenges vaccine mandate, files lawsuit
The University of California, Irvine fired Aaron Kheriaty after he refused to comply with the UC system’s vaccine mandate and challenged the policy with a lawsuit.
Kheriaty had served as director of UC Irvine’s Medical Ethics program. Kheriaty also served as professor of psychiatry at the UCI School of Medicine.
A witness declaration from UC School of Medicine faculty supports the premise and suggests those with natural immunity “may suffer worse adverse effects after vaccination than individuals not previously exposed to the virus.”
The lawsuit also suggests forcing vaccination among the naturally immunized violates the equal protection clause granted by the 14th Amendment.
On Dec. 17, Kheriaty announced his dismissal from UCI after having been placed on investigatory leave since Oct. 1. He wrote that he was barred from campus, prohibited from teaching, given half pay, and was not given the opportunity to contact students or patients.
Speaking to Campus Reform, Zephyr Institute Executive Director Matt Bowman said, “[i]n forming and defending his medical and ethical positions, Dr. Kheriaty exercised his professional obligation with robust academic deliberation, courage, and moral responsibility.”
Kheriaty has a professional affiliation with the Zephyr Institute, an “independent academic center” in Palo Alto, California.
“Instead of protecting the academic freedom of this leading medical ethicist and one of UC’s most respected medical teachers, UC fired him,” Bowman continued.
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