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Irish News Outlets Forced to Withdraw ‘Fake’ Poll Finding 75% of Doctors Support Abortion

Irish News Outlets Forced to Withdraw ‘Fake’ Poll Finding 75% of Doctors Support Abortion

The Journal.ie and the Irish Times – two of Ireland’s largest media organizations – have been forced to pull what appears to be a fabricated story about a poll that claimed 75 percent of Irish doctors support repealing Ireland’s pro-life Eighth Amendment and allowing abortions unrestricted up to 12 weeks gestation.

The Irish Examiner also led with the story Thursday that “75% of doctors support 12-week access to abortion,” based on a poll of 388 respondents.

The results, the story continued, emphasized “a strong medical support for a more liberal abortion regime.”

Public trust in traditional journalism on the rise as fears of 'fake news' increase https://t.co/OaSg9TdxfJ pic.twitter.com/cRUyyRiGbV — Irish Examiner (@irishexaminer) February 8, 2018

In an update after the validity of the poll was questioned, the Examiner wrote that it does not remove stories from its website, but referred its readers to the Irish Medical Times regarding “assurances about the survey methodology and accuracy of the results.”

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