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


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.”

The referendum will decide whether or not to remove the Eighth Amendment from the Irish Constitution. The Amendment, added in 1983, protects the right-to-life of unborn children. The current Taoiseach, or Prime Minister, of Ireland, Leo Varadkar supports the introduction of abortion businesses to the Irish Republic.

John McGurk, the Communications Director of the pro-life “Save the 8th” campaign stated over Twitter that he had never seen “a more egregious example of fake news than the story about an alleged Irish Medical Times ‘poll’ being carried by

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