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.
Rebecca Kiessling, a mother and attorney, who was conceived in rape, has addressed the Citizens’ Assembly to ask if she deserved the death penalty for the crime of a rapist. Rebecca’s powerful and moving presentation also shared photographs of other women, men and children who had been conceived in rape, and included mothers who were raising their babies - or have given their babies up for adoption - after a pregnancy following rape.
New, shocking details have emerged surrounding the case of notorious swim coach and accused sex offender George Gibney.
Gibney is the former coach for the Irish national swim team. In 1993, Gibney was charged with 27 counts of indecent assault and unlawful carnal knowledge against several young athletes. Charges were later dropped as too long a time had passed between the alleged attacks and the date which charges were filed.
The woman at the centre of the C case is to take a case against the State. The Irish Independent reports that:
"Today, Mary is a 29-year-old mother of two, but 16 years ago she was the teenage Traveller at the centre of the controversial C Case who was taken to the UK for an abortion by health board staff after being brutally raped.
The woman at the centre of the C case is to take a case against the State. The Irish Independent reports that: "Today, Mary is a 29-year-old mother of two, but 16 years ago she was the teenage Traveller at the centre of the controversial C Case who was taken to the UK for an abortion by health board staff after being brutally raped. The abortion led to a spiral of depression and chaos in her life.
In America, where abortion has been raging on for years, there has become varying "degrees" of pro-life belief, especially within the political arena. This was made evident by Mitt Romney, who claimed to be pro-life but believes abortion is acceptable in cases such as rape or incest. Save the 1 is a new pro-life organization focusing on these forgotten unborn children who were conceived in rape and the women who are effected by this situation.
Recently, the Rape Crisis Network (RCC) released figures detailing pregnancies which had occurred as a result of rape in Ireland. The RCC reported that 57% of the women went on to parent their child. 13% of the women gave their babies up for adoption or fostering, while 12% of the women suffered miscarriages or had stillbirths.