That awkward moment when you get flashbacks of embarrassing stuff or memories you don't want to remember, and your body does weird involuntary movements or you start to blabber incomprehensible stuff to drown out the thought.
There was a moment on Friday when a pro-life activist started
flinging holy water at a pro-choicer in Limerick, a small,
riverside city in Ireland’s southwest. Aine O'Connor is a dark-haired,
friendly 36-year-old who seems relatively calm, but being suddenly
sprayed with liquid like that gave her “quite a fright,” she said.
didn’t know how to react, but she was quickly rescued. A barista from a
local coffee shop ran to chase away the unwavering woman, who had
progressed to sprinkling salt in circles on the ground, all the time
Limerick was the third destination on a whistle-stop tour for the “abortion pill bus,” an action by an Irish activist group called
ROSA (short for Reproductive rights, against Oppression, Sexism, and
Austerity), which has seen a group of mainly young, mostly Irish women
openly defy Ireland’s strict abortion laws. Those laws prohibit the
distribution of medical abortion pills, and criminalize abortions in
almost any situation, including in cases of rape, incest, or fatal fetal
The women, girls, and two men involved in the action
are aged between 16 and 48 — the youngest skipped school to make the
two-day, 409-mile trip around the country. The group are promising
abortion pills to women nationwide who board the bus, following an
online consultation with a doctor. Branded “reckless” and
“irresponsible” by pro-life campaigners, they are also risking up to 14
years in prison.