Popline blocking searches for abortion resources

Popline, which I previously hadn’t heard of, bills itself as “Your connection to the world’s reproductive health literature.” The site is run by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. The gist of the current news, according to Wired, is that USAID currently has a policy to deny funding to non-governmental organizations that perform abortions or promote them as an option. JHU has apparently decided to stop returning results on searches for “abortion” since they are funded by USAID.

My friend Ellen has already put together some information & screen shots here, check them out. I’ll be interested to see how this plays out in the next couple of weeks.

3:17 PM — Edited to add:

ResourceShelf reports that “abortion” has been removed from Popline’s stop word list (words ignored when you search for them — typically things like a, and, the) and posts a response from the Dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Read more here.

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