Jennifer Christie inspired so many people during her visit here with Unbroken. She was contacted by the Irish Times and recorded a remarkably powerful podcast with the paper. It inspired a big reaction – such as this one on Twitter.
In a week packed with meetings, Dáil events and media interviews, another first took place with the heroic women speaking out about pregnancy after rape. Life Institute hosted a live broadcast on Facebook, interviewing four brave and inspiring women, Shauna Prewitt, Jennifer Christie, Rebecca Kiessling and Louise Sheridan. They talked about their experiences of becoming pregnant after rape, of what it meant to find out you were conceived in rape, and, for Louise, the devastating effect of abortion after rape.
It has been a shameful week for abortion campaigners, whose reprehensible actions have made it crystal clear to the public just how extreme, nasty, and intimidating many of them are. The thuggish behaviour of People Before Profit activists, and reports that staff at a hotel received threats - and even death threats - because they provided a venue for an event addressed by pro-life rape survivors, has been met with a storm of criticism online.
From the Independent, through the Journal and even the University Times, there was widespread condemnation in the comments sections of the papers regarding attempts to silence rape survivors and shut down free speech.
Niamh pointed out that a strike means leaving work without an employer's permission and going without pay. Describing staying at home with your employers consent, wearing black or a black arm band as a “strike” was not just inaccurate, she said, but effectively amounted to #FakeNews. Niamh pointed out that this reduced journalism to mere abortion propaganda.