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Irish doctor under fire for limiting fertility practice to married couples

April 20, 2010

An Irish doctor is facing possible disciplinary action because he declined to provide fertility treatment for an unmarried couple. Dr. Phil Boyle, who practices in a Catholic hospital, was questioned by the Fitness to Practice Committee about an apparent violation of the Equal Status Act, which bars discrimination based on marital status. The law offers no "conscience clause" protection. Although no action ws taken against Dr. Boyle, the couple who protested his policy may raise the issue in another legal forum.


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  • Posted by: jmoore20082145 - Apr. 21, 2010 6:01 AM ET USA

    Clearly, the legislation that does not allow for freedom of religion and conscience is unconstitutional. God bless that doctor and give him the fortitude to persevere.