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Priest resigns from Dublin hospital board over abortion law

Mater Hospital, Dublin
Image caption The Mater Hospital in Dublin is a Catholic voluntary hospital

A priest has resigned from the board of governors and board of directors at a Dublin hospital after it confirmed it would comply with the Republic of Ireland's new law on abortion.

Father Kevin Doran had said the Mater Hospital could not carry out abortions because they went against its ethos.

The Mater is a Catholic voluntary hospital.

Fr Doran said on Wednesday he could not "reconcile his conscience" with such a move.

Last week, the hospital confirmed it would comply with the law as provided for in the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act.

The Mater is one of 25 "appropriate institutions" named in the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act where abortions may be carried out to save the life of a pregnant woman.

Under the act, individual medical practitioners who have a conscientious objection to abortion cannot be forced to carry out a termination. However, institutions enjoy no such rights.