A talk at Oxford University last week was disrupted by protesters who shouted slogans at pro-lifers for half an hour.

The event at St John’s College was organised by pro-life society, Oxford Students for Life, to discuss next year’s abortion referendum in Ireland. The speakers were Irish Times columnist Breda O’Brien and Lorcan Price of the Pro-Life Campaign.

When Mrs O’Brien began to speak, about 15 students stood up and began chanting “at top volume”, according to audience member Michael Wee. The chants included “Pro-life, that’s a lie, you don’t care if women die” and “They say no choice – we say pro-choice.”

The protest was organised by the Women’s Campaign (WomCam), a subsidiary group of Oxford University Students’ Union.

Mr Wee said: “Given it was a small room and there were about 40 inside including the protesters, it was difficult even to speak to one’s neighbour.

“Some of the pro-life women, including Breda O’Brien, ended up standing at the front with improvised signs saying ‘I’m a woman’, ‘Can we discuss?’, ‘I want the right to speak’.”

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