Irish paper under fire for false abortion story
September 02, 2013
The Irish Times has encountered heavy criticism for publishing a front-page story reporting—inaccurately—a legal abortion performed at a Dublin hospital.
The August 23 story alleged that the abortion was the first such procedure allowed under Ireland’s new law that allows legal abortion in some circumstances. But the law had not entered into effect at the time the procedure reportedly occurred.
Moreover the Times article supplies medical details about the case, in apparent violation of medical confidentiality rules.
The Irish Times published a brief apology for the story, which appeared on page 7 of its Saturday, August 31 edition, acknowledging that “the case described in the article did not happen.”