FAKE NEWS: Front Page Of Irish Examiner Runs Made Up "poll" Claiming Doctors Support Legalising Abortion

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2018-02-09

This false story will have been seen all over Ireland.

"When zealotry replaces objectivity, the Irish people are the victims."

The front page of yesterday's Irish Examiner carried the headline "75% of doctors support 12-week access to abortion". 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 story was copied by the Irish Times and the Journal, and was based on "the most substantial survey of medics to date", carried out by the Irish Medical Times.

"Entirely false impression"
However, it soon emerged that no such survey had been conducted. The report in fact referred to a facebook and twitter poll, which was open to all social media users, not any kind of scientific survey of the medical community.

Dr Ruth Cullen of the Pro-Life Campaign said: "For the Irish Examiner to claim the findings 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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