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Obstetricians urged Dr Boylan to step back from the campaign. Picture: Collins

Obstetricians urged Dr Boylan to step back from the campaign. Picture: Collins

Obstetricians urged Dr Boylan to step back from the campaign. Picture: Collins

Dr Peter Boylan is under pressure to stand down as a chairperson of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists due to his support for repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

Seventeen obstetricians have called on the well-known doctor to either step back from the campaign or his job.

In a letter, the obstetricians from the South/Southwest Hospital Group said as the "public face" of the institute, he should refrain from supporting either side of the debate.

Their intervention has been seized upon by the Love Both group, who said it was a "clear indication that he does not speak for all professionals involved in the care of pregnant women in Ireland".

Cora Sherlock said: "As each day passes, more and more obstetricians are coming forward to say that the Eighth Amendment has never stopped them from offering all protection to women during pregnancy."

Dr Boylan, a former master of the National Maternity Hospital, has been to the forefront of the Together For Yes campaign.

At an event last week, he said that as long as the Eighth Amendment was in place, doctors "can do nothing about fatal foetal anomalies, pregnant rape victims, or some cancer patients".

Reacting to the letter, Dr Boylan said 80pc of the institute's members support a Yes vote, and that seven of those who signed the letter are not members of the organisation.

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