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Newspaper Retracts Fake Poll about Abortion

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Faike Newby Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews.com

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 liberalizing abortion regime”, and claimed that “three out of every four GPs and hospital consultants are in favor 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.

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