Bishop Kevin Doran warns that the role of doctors and nurses is to heal and care for patients

The Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran, has warned that the role of doctors and nurses is to heal and care for patients, and not to bring about their death through procedures such as abortion.

He also said it would be helpful if the healthcare sector explored the difference between accepting death and and causing it.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, he stated: “There is nothing in the ethos of healthcare that would remotely suggest that doctors or nurses should be involved in killing”.

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Bishop Doran was speaking at a conference on abortion, the law and disability, which the Irish Bishops jointly hosted with the Anscombe Bioethics Centre in the UK.