WASHINGTON — Attorney Pamela Hayes resigned from the National Review Board for the Protection of Children, an agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, after disclosing in the Register a life of bold abortion rights activism.

Bill Ryan, deputy director of communications for the bishops' conference, said the resignation came during a discussion about the story between Hayes and Bishop Wilton Gregory,president of the conference.

“The resignation was a mutual decision reached by Miss Hayes and Bishop Gregory,” Ryan told the Register. “Miss Haye'’ term was coming up in June. They decided that rather than let the publicity surrounding the news story distract from the board's work, especially with a new chair and new members, it was better to submit a resignation now for the sake of the National Review Board.”

Ryan said the resignation was effective immediately.

— Wayne Laugesen