Mater Hospital says it will perform abortions
THE Catholic-run Mater Hospital in Dublin will carry out abortions where there is a real and substantial risk to the life of a pregnant woman.
The 600-bed Mater, owned by the Sisters of Mercy and overseen by a board of governors, is one of 25 hospitals listed as appropriate centres to terminate pregnancies under the terms of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act.
It is the last to publicly declare that it will comply with the law and its statement comes after a claim last month by one of its board members, Fr Kevin Doran, that abortion would contravene its Catholic ethos.
In a statement, a spokesman for the hospital said it has carefully considered the act and and saw its priority to be at the frontier of compassion, concern and clinical care "for all our patients".
"Having regard to that duty, the hospital will comply with the law as provided for in the act," it added.
The act – which provides for limited abortion, including the risk of suicide – was passed by the Oireachtas in July.
The spokesman said the decision had been reached after a widespread course of consultation at all levels.