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Johns Hopkins Opens Inquiry Into The Reason Why POPLINE Restricted The Word 'Abortion' On Database

This is good news. We all took action and the results followed. C&L thanks Michael J. Klag for his handling of the situation on POPLINE so quickly

This is good news. We all took action and the results followed. C&L thanks Michael J. Klag for his handling of the situation on POPLINE so quickly.

Here's the letter posted on Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health:

I was informed this morning that the word "abortion" was blocked as a search term in the POPLINE family planning database administered by the Bloomberg School’s Center for Communication Programs. POPLINE provides evidence-based information on reproductive health and family planning and is the world’s largest database on these issues.

USAID, which funds POPLINE, found two items in the database related to abortion that did not fit POPLINE criteria. The agency then made an inquiry to POPLINE administrators. Following this inquiry, the POPLINE administrators at the Center for Communication Programs made the decision to restrict abortion as a search term.

I could not disagree more strongly with this decision, and I have directed that the POPLINE administrators restore "abortion" as a search term immediately. I will also launch an inquiry to determine why this change occurred.

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and not its restriction.

Sincerely,

Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH
Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Why would anyone restrict the word 'abortion' on a government funded data base with thousands upon thousands of articles for research ? I'm very interested to see how that decision was reached. Yea, I know---I'll be nice for now, but I'll keep on it....Many thanks to Women's Health News for the heads up and the many emails I received on this issue.

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