Major Irish media forced to retract ‘fake’ poll claiming most doctors support abortion

Feb 14, 2018 by

by Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSite:

An Irish newspaper was forced to retract an article after it admitted that it had published a fake poll about abortion, misleading its readers into believing a majority of Irish doctors support the abortion of pre-born babies in the first trimester.

The Irish Examiner splashed the headline “75% of doctors support 12-week access to abortion” over its front page on February 8. The sub-heading read: “Poll of 400 medics shows support for liberalising abortion regime”, and claimed that “three out of every four GPs and hospital consultants are in favour of allowing unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks gestation.”

The newspaper stated that the poll was conducted by the Irish Medical Times, but no such poll existed.

The source of the Irish Examiner’s story was actually a survey conducted on Facebook and Twitter, which was open to all users.

Dr. Ruth Cullen, an Irish pro-life campaigner, stated that “For the Irish Examiner to claims the finders were ‘the most substantial survey of medics on the issue to date’ creates an entirely false impression. Anybody, not just medics, were able to vote in this poll. The only criteria for voting was a Facebook or Twitter account. The flippant use of such faulty methodology doesn’t auger well for the forthcoming referendum campaign.”

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