by Steven Ertelt
December 1, 2005
Galway, Ireland (LifeNews.com) — A woman who survived a failed abortion attempt gave an informal speech at NUI Galway after college officials canceled her official speech claiming pro-life organizers misled them. This is the second university to give a student pro-life group problems about Gianna Jessen’s speech.
Jessen was invited by Ultrasound, a college pro-life group, to tour six universities in Ireland to talk about how she survived a saline abortion 28 years ago.
Previously, University College Dublin, a Catholic college, forced the students to cancel her speech there after they insisted the group obtain costly insurance that no local insurance company could provide.
Now, NUI Galway officials, say Ultrasound misled them about the content of Jesson’s speech.
"The university was led to believe that the lecture was to be on cerebral palsy. However, as soon as publicity of the event appeared, it became apparent that the person who booked the venue had misrepresented the facts and the booking was canceled," the unnamed official told the Galway Advertiser newspaper.
In fact, Jessen would talk about cerebal palsy in her speech because the young woman developed the condition as a result of the failed abortion. Jesson calls her handicap a "blessing" because she’s thankful that she’s still alive after a procedure intended to kill her.
Despite the cancellation, Ultrasound went ahead with an impromptu event on the college grounds that drew hundreds of students.
"Ms Jessen delivered an impassioned address from the balcony of the lobby to the assembled students who gave her a warm reception. A victory for free speech and the right of this incredible woman to be heard," a student told the Galway newspaper.
Ultrasound was formed in 2002 and consists of pro-life students at various universities in the country.