Government insists Mater has 'no right' to opt out of new law

The government is adamant that the Mater Hospital does not have a constitutional right to 'opt out' of its duty to provide life-saving terminations.

10th August, 2013
The Mater Hospital: board to discuss new legislation. Photo: Photocall

The government is adamant that the Mater Hospital does not have a constitutional right to 'opt out' of its duty to provide life-saving terminations of pregnancy for women, a government minister told this newspaper.

The government also believes that the views of Fr Kevin Doran, a director of the Mater, which is a Catholic voluntary hospital, are not necessarily shared by a majority of the 14-member board.

Doran last week said that the Mater could...

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