AP breaks abortion data embargo
Yesterday, following a break by the Associated Press (AP), the Guttmacher Institute press office lifted the embargo early on a study showing that abortion rates had fallen to 1970s levels.
From a message sent by the Guttmacher Institute at 4:40 p.m. Eastern, more than seven hours before the scheduled embargo lift at 12:01 a.m.:
We have just been informed that the embargo was broken by the AP. Given that, you are all now free to publish your stories. I apologize for any inconvenience.
The Guttmacher press office tells Embargo Watch:
The AP contacted us yesterday afternoon to apologize for the broken embargo; they are looking into what happened on their end to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Our understanding is that it was an inadvertent early release rather than a deliberate attempt to scoop other outlets. As a result of their error, we lifted the embargo early for all other media outlets as well.
Hat tip: Andrew Seaman