by Steven Ertelt
April 10, 2008
Baltimore, MD (LifeNews.com) — Abortion advocates heaped scorn on Johns Hopkins University officials over the last two weeks for limiting searching on abortion in a health database it runs. Now, new reports show the decision to limit search resulted from the inclusion of several articles from a pro-abortion group.
While abortion advocates tagged JHU for supposedly caving into a Bush administration policy preventing the funding of international abortion promotion, that appears to not be the entire reason for the decision.
A new report from National Public Radio finds JHU officials ordered the stoppage of search results from the abortion keyword after the discovery of pro-abortion articles in the database from Ipas.
Ipas is a North Carolina-based group that promotes abortion on an international scale.
According to NPR, seven articles from Ipas’ magazine appear in the health database that triggered the JHU decision. By promoting abortion, the articles, and ultimately the database, run afoul of U.S. laws against federally funding the promotion of abortion overseas.
Anu Kumar, executive vice president of Ipas, complained about the decision and told a pro-abortion web site, Not only does the current U.S. Administration deny funding to health organizations that provide abortion care, it does not even permit the free flow of information about this important topic."
Sandra Jordan of USAID told NPR that information on abortion statistics and figures is fine, but the federal government can’t fund abortion advocacy groups like Ipas.
"The materials on POPLINE about which USAID made its inquiries were abortion advocacy materials. Afterward, POPLINE administration made the decision to restrict ‘abortion’ as a search term," Jordan says.
Jordan said USAID never asked JHU to stop the search, despite some allegations from pro-abortion groups.
Ipas has been involved in pro-abortion efforts to get pro-life nations such as Nicaragua to remove laws from the books prohibiting abortions. Ipas has been intimately involved in a legal battle in the Central American nation to defeat a law that bans all abortions.
Carlos Polo of the Population Research Institute writes that Ipas is the main organization behind the infamous hand-held suction abortion machine that has been used in third-world nations to do medically risky abortions on women.
Dr. Michael Klag, the dean of the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health decided on Friday to restore the abortion search.