Irish priest resigned from hospital board over abortion law

Position untenable

An Irish priest said he stepped down from the board of directors of a Catholic hospital in Ireland after it promised to comply with the country’s new law that allows abortion in limited circumstances, reports the The Catholic Herald.

Father Kevin Doran stepped down from the board of the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in Dublin in September shortly after it announced its intention to comply with the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act. The law permits abortion if medical professionals believe the mother is at risk of committing suicide.

Speaking to Catholic News Service after a symposium on the new evangelisation in Shrewsbury this week, Father Doran said he found the hospital’s 'statement of adherence to a law which provided for the direct taking of human life was something which I, as a Catholic priest, couldn’t support and so I resigned.'

The priest, who served as general secretary of the 2012 International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, said the hospital took its action after it appeared on a government list of health care institutions that would have to comply with the law because it receives public funding to deliver health services.

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