This is an article two of our founding members wrote in September 2017 – a year and a half before the referendum on abortion in Ireland. (The article was published in the University Times, one of the two student-run newspapers at Trinity College Dublin.) Two years later, some of the questions it posed are as […]
On 28 June 2017, we made the same search they did on Wiley Online Library.As of that date, a search for ‘fatal fetal abnormality’ (using no quotation marks) yielded 10,009 results, which included 8,345 journals, 1,188 books and 411 reference works. But it’s by using a very simple search tool that we get the real picture of how often ‘fatal foetal abnormality’ is used on Wiley, and that tool is the quotation mark. As one website puts it, ‘When you use quotation marks around a phrase, you are telling the search engine to only bring back pages that include these search terms exactly how you typed them in order, proximity, etc’ . This isn’t a pro-life trick or a crafty legalistic loophole: it’s a well-known method of filtering out irrelevant results on the Internet.