Recently sentenced to the prohibition of practicing the profession of doctor from the “Burgundy Franche-Comté first degree disciplinary chamber of the Order of Doctors”, the senator of the Côte-d’Or Alain Houpert (LR) can also count on the support.
“A red line has been crossed”
In fact, nine senators – including the regional Alain Joyandet – published a column on Thursday entitled “support Alain Houpert, let’s defend our freedom of expression”. A text in which these elected officials believe “that a red line has now been crossed and that today it is the plurality of opinions and their free expression that are in danger”.
An appeal to revoke the sanction
The authors continue by stating that the sanction pronounced by the Medical Association “does not respect the Constitution which provides that” no member of Parliament can be prosecuted, sought, detained or judged on the occasion of the opinions or votes expressed by him in the exercise of its functions “.
And to ask for the immediate lifting of the sanctions imposed on Alain Houpert. An argument supported by the precedent of Dr Christian Peronne. “On the specific issue of managing the Covid-19 epidemic, we must maintain the capacity to debate why […] known data about the virus changes every day. We also recall that some, first convicted for the use they made of their freedom of expression, were later rehabilitated. This is the case of Dr. Christian Peronne who, fired from the AP-HP and attacked by the National Council of the Order of Doctors, was recently exonerated by his peers.