Doctor Must Provide Fertility Treatment Without Regard to Conscientious Objection

Country: Ireland

Date of incident: December 30, 2010

Dr Boyle runs a fertility treatment service along Catholic guidelines at Galway clinic, which is a Catholic hospital. He was summoned before the Fitness to Practice Committee of the Medical Council in 2010 because he would not accept a cohabiting couple for treatment because of his belief on traditional marriage.

Ultimately, the couple didn’t become his patients, but his right to run his practice according to his beliefs, and therefore to treat only married couples as a matter of conscientious religious belief has not been recognized. Dr Boyle could now face action under the Equal Status Act which forbids ‘discrimination’ on the basis of marital status. Source: