- 27 Apr 18
Dr Peter Boylan, the former Master of the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street, will appear on tonight's Late Late Show on RTÉ, in the first televised debate over the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the constitution. This comes in the wake of a week in which his interview with Hot Press caused a great deal of media attention.
Dr Boylan is decidedly pro-choice, and his experience in the medical world has only informed his agreement to this. On the Eighth Amendment specifically, Boylan told Hot Press that he had no doubt that the Amendment was responsible for several deaths of women in Ireland. He said, “Savita Halappanavar died as a result of the Eighth Amendment. Michelle Harte, who was looked after by Professor Louise Kenny, died as a consequence of the Eighth Amendment. Sheila Hodgers died as a consequence of the Eighth Amendment. We have the Miss P Case.”
These comments made by Dr. Boylan in an interview in the current issue of Hot Press have caused furore, with anti-choice groups like Save the 8th calling for his resignation as chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
The statement attached to the petition on Save the 8th's website, which has been signed over 3,000 times reads, "We are very reluctant, in what has been a civil campaign to date, to have to declare someone of Dr. Boylan’s stature to be, effectively, a liar. But in this case, the facts simply do not add up to any other adjective to describe his statements. The gravity of these lies mean that he should resign, effective immediately, as Chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists."
Communications director for Save the 8th campaign, John McGuirk, is unsurprisingly leading the charge calling for Boylan to resign. McGuirk's less than stellar reputation however, means it's unlikely these calls will come to fruition.
Dr Peter Boylan will appear on the Late Late Show as part of the pro-choice panel in the televised debate. Tune in on RTÉ at 9.35pm.
Be sure to tune in to the @RTELateLateShow tonight for the debate on the #8thref. DfC co-founder @rosablackgp and @drboylan will be on discussing how nothing about the 8th is good for women's health #together4yes #LateLateShow
— Doctors for Choice (@Doctors4Choice) 27 April 2018