Not content with trying to stop abortions, Bush regime flunkies have banished the word “abortion.”
Type the word in the search engine for Popline, the huge database that the federal government bills as “your connection to the world’s reproductive health issues.”
You get zero hits.
It’s not a glitch. It’s intentional.
Popline is funded by USAID, the highly politicized government agency that spreads money throughout the world, particularly in “developing” countries.
The Popline search engine considers “abortion” a “stop word,” like the articles “a,” “an,” and so on. Maud Newton notes that stop words are “terms automatically omitted from searches under the assumption that they don’t add value or meaning.”
After users of Popline noticed the sudden, unannounced change late last week, they queried Johns Hopkins people about it (the university runs the database). They professed ignorance until, as Newton notes, Debbie Dickson of Popline replied to a medical librarian with this:
I hope this helps.
Dickson’s response was on April Fool’s Day, but this is no joke.
However, you can still search the words “1984” and “Orwell” on Popline and get hits. I guess those words still “add value or meaning.”