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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Help Save Lives! - Act Today and Oppose Buffer Zones.

ACT TODAY – Even if you have already filled in a Survey about this, please email those running the consultations on Buffer Zones outside abortion centres, and ask others to do so too. Please share.

On 17 January 2018, the Home Secretary launched a National public consultation about vigils outside abortion facilities. The deadline for submissions is Monday 19 February 2018. 
2 Councils - Lambeth and Ealing are also running consultations to bring in a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) or Buffer Zone. Their respective deadlines are February 28th and March 26th. Buffer Zones will prevent the most vulnerable women from finding alternatives to abortion.

Opponents of Vigils claim that pro-lifers harass and intimidate women at abortion centres, but pro-lifers actually offer alternatives to women who frequently have no other choice.

How to make your voice heard against Buffer Zones

·         It is essential that as many pro-life/pro-free speech voices as possible are heard as part of the consultation.
 Pass this email onto as many pro-life contacts as possible, including parish priests asking them to include it in their bulletins/parish news.

·        These consultations are designed to gather evidence against the Vigils and are worded as such. It is better to email the Home Office and the 2 Councils as the attached briefing suggests.

Please reply to National Consultation proposed by Amber Rudd before 19th February.

By email at ACPReview@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
You can also post a response (but it needs to be sent 1st class asap) to:
Abortion Clinic Protest Review Team, Police Powers Unit, Home Office,
2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF
(This is the link to the online survey, but it is better to email. http://bit.ly/2Bsqm4q
The government introduction to the consultation can be found here:

Reply to Lambeth Council’s Consultation before 28th February 

By post to: Lambeth PSPO, 6th Floor, International House, Canterbury Crescent, London, SW9 7QE or by email here Engagement@lambeth.gov.uk
(Find out more about the plans for a Buffer Zone in Lambeth here https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/have-your-say-on-a-public-space-protection-order-pspo-for-sexual-health-and 

Reply to Ealing Council’s Consultation before 26th March

By post to: Ealing PSPO, The Safer Communities Team, Ealing Council, Perceval House, 14-16 Uxbridge Road, London W5 2HL or by email here SaferCommunities@ealing.gov.uk (it is better to email than to fill in the online survey, but more information about the plans for a Buffer Zone can be found on the survey site here https://www.ealing.gov.uk/safezone )

Also, whether or not your Council has proposed a PSPO or Buffer Zone as yet, write to your local MPs and Councillors asking them to speak and vote against moves to limit or prevent pro-lifers offering women alternatives to abortion. Find out more about Buffer Zones at www.goodcounselnetwork.com

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Pro-Abortion Buffer Zones Hypocrisy

Rupa Huq MP for Ealing Central and Acton is at the forefront of the campaign to introduce ‘Buffer Zones’ around abortion centres in the UK. This is a move primarily aimed at stopping groups like the Good Counsel Network (www.goodcounsetnet.com), the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants and 40 Days for Life, standing outside abortion centres to offer women going in real, practical help and support if they would like to continue their pregnancy. You can see short interviews with women who have been helped to avoid what would in effect have been forced abortion, on the Good Counsel Network website.


Rupa has said a number of times on National Television, that if you want to change the law, go and protest it outside parliament etc. You should never protest outside an abortion centre to change the law.


This photo is of Rupa protesting outside the Ealing abortion centre with Sister Supporter.


The Vigils are not held outside abortion centres to change the law; they are there to offer help and alternatives to abortion.


Rupa and the pro-aborts of SS and Aston University claim that it is “Just about moving Pro-Life demonstrations away from abortion centres and not stopping Pro-Life demonstrations altogether”. But then again on National Television, Rupa complained that another Pro-Life group, Abort67, had held a display at her office. This group does campaign to change the law on abortion, But Rupa thinks that they should not lobby the Constituency Office of an MP, who will not meet with her Constituents to discuss ‘Buffer Zones’, unless they support her views!


We then move to Parliament, where Rupa claims that the medical information used by Good Counsel has been meticulously fact- checked and found to be false. She only gave one example, which was to claim that a photo of a foetus at 20 weeks with fingernails was wrong as babies at 20 weeks don’t have fingernails! The NHS website states that babies have fingernails from 11 weeks.


After the debate, Rupa was photographed with Ealing Counsellors, MPs and members of SS. You may not recognise the woman from SS above Rupa’s head, but here she is in another photo. She had travelled all the way to Birmingham to break through the security barrier to try and disrupt the speakers at the March for Life. 

So let us be honest, Rupa et al, this is not just about forcing women to abort by removing offers of help from outside abortion centres. It is about silencing anyone who does not support your worldview. 

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Saints Francesco and Jacinta Visit London Abortion Centres and Planned Parenthood

Our Lady of Fatima last appeared to the three young Shepherd Children on the 13th October 1917. On that day, tens of thousands saw the Miracle of the Sun, when the sun danced in the sky.

As the hundredth anniversary of this apparition approached, Siobhán of the Good Counsel Network started 40 days of abstinence and prayer for the abortion centre in Ealing to close down and for the relics of Saints Francesco and Jacinta to visit there, before the 13th October 2017.

Just days before the anniversary we received permission, out of the blue, to have the relics for this purpose and so we were able to take them, with the assistance of Fr Stephen Boyle and Fr Behruz Raf’at to the abortion centres in Twickenham, Whitfield St and Ealing. We were also able to take them to the Headquarters of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). 

We even had time to stop at Good Counsel’s Chapel where staff and volunteers were able to venerate them before we returned them that evening.

Please come and join us at our three daily peaceful, prayerful Pro-Life vigils and please donate to help us to continue, through God's Grace to save hundreds of babies from abortion. See our website to watch interviews with some of the Mums and Families that we have helped.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

The Guardian's Shameful Abortion Centre Photo

For years we have had listen to lies from the media, politicians and abortion providers claiming that Pro-Lifers film clients going into abortion centres. Just last month we had staff from the abortion centre in Ealing on National Radio and the local MP, claiming that we live-stream from outside abortion centres. The Guardian have repeated all those claims time and time again. Yet no images of women entering or leaving abortion centres which have been taken by pro-lifers have ever appeared on social media or in the public domain. This is because pro-lifers DON'T photograph or film women entering abortion centres. We are there to offer help to pregnant Mums, it is unlikely that the hundreds of women that stop to talk to us would do so if we were filming.

Then on Sunday 26th November, the Guardian, who claim to be supporting women, published a photo of two women leaving the abortion centre in Ealing. [We have distorted the image above]. A 'pro-choice feminist' group calling itself Sister Supporter have also put up an image of another women attending this abortion centre.

So once again it is clear that the Pro-Lifers are there to help and respect women and the abortion campaigners are not. Please contact The Guardian and ask them to remove or distort the photo and ask them to never take or publish photos of women entering or leaving abortion centres again.

Please come to our vigils to pray and donate to help us support those women who choose life for their children.

Go to our website to see some videos with Mothers that we have been able to help.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Amber Rudd is Welcome to Investigate Our Pro-Life Vigils

The Good Counsel Network welcomes the Home Secretary Amber Rudd's investigation into what happens outside abortion centres. We are proud of our peaceful, prayerful vigils which help hundreds of women to choose life every year. Come and see what we do. And most importantly MS Rudd, come and meet the women we serve. Here, one of them "Isabel" describes what happened when she met Good Counsel outside an abortion centre.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Good Counsel Writes to Amber Rudd on Buffer Zones

Clare McCullough, Director of The Good Counsel Network has written to the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd in response to the letter she received from Rupa Huq and colleagues about Buffer Zones. You can help hundreds of Mothers to have an alternative to abortion, volunteer to join the Intern Programme . Come to our vigils here and support our work and the Mothers we support here.

15th November 2017

Dear Ms Rudd

I am writing to you in response to the letter of Ms Rupa Huq MP, requesting the implementation of buffer zones outside abortion centres, which was signed by 112 other MPs.

Firstly, I want to say that as the Director of The Good Counsel Network, which is lawfully present outside the Marie Stopes abortion centre in Ealing, we offer each woman entering the abortion centre a leaflet detailing help, support and alternatives to abortion. Hundreds of women have taken up this help and support which has enabled them to choose life for their children. Secondly, a small witness against abortion is held, several yards away from the entrance to the abortion centre. This usually consists of one or two people, occasionally as many as five, standing away from the abortion centre and praying quietly.  

In response to the many false and unevidenced allegations made by Ms Huq and her colleagues, I would like to state categorically that no-one attending our vigils calls women seeking abortion “murderers”.  Nor do we follow them. If these things were occurring at our vigils, which happen every day, there would be ample opportunity to provide proof of it. There is none.

The Good Counsel Network staff and volunteers do not have any graphic pictures of abortion on display whatsoever outside the abortion centre. We show several A4 sized images of the developing baby, which are accurate representations of babies in the womb at different stages. We do not display inaccurate pictures nor do we give women inaccurate medical information. The Good Counsel Network is the main group present at Mattock Lane in Ealing and we are there for about 38 hours per week.

During the many years we have been present outside Marie Stopes Ealing we have frequently met women entering who have stopped to speak to us precisely because they were unsure of their decision, felt under pressure to abort and often had no alternatives to abortion. Some women feel they have to abort to avoid homelessness, abuse, desertion and so on. These women include illegal immigrants, foreign students, trafficked women and a variety of UK residents who had other pressures on them that were not easy to address. Marie Stopes has no alternatives to offer these women.

On one occasion we had to call the police to assist a woman who was phoning us from inside the abortion centre because she did not want to abort, but also did not want to hurt those who had accompanied her. The police had to intervene before this woman managed to escape from the centre via a fire exit. She then took a taxi to our office, where we were able to give her the support she wanted. At no point did the abortion centre staff note that she did not want to go ahead with the abortion.

Miss Huq has repeatedly refused to meet with the many women who have changed their mind about their abortion because we have offered them help and support outside an abortion centre. Yet she and her colleagues feel competent to deny women that opportunity.  Ms Huq and those who co-signed her letter claim to speak on behalf of women, and to “trust women”, but this “trust” does not seem to apply to those women who seek and accept our help, and who, we are repeatedly told, are “not relevant” to this debate.

Marie Stopes International have been found wanting in their assessment of vulnerable women seeking abortion, for whom the proper procedures for obtaining consent and being sure of their personal freedom in choosing abortion, is particularly crucial. In fact, Marie Stopes agreed to suspend any surgical terminations for 10 weeks in 2016, and were prevented from seeing any young or vulnerable women during this period because of these findings. [i]

The CEO of British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), Ann Furedi, stated recently that 15% of women change their mind at BPAS centres every year[ii]. This makes it quite clear that many women have not made up their minds to abort when they arrive at an abortion centre. Countrywide 15% of women entering abortion centres who have doubts equals tens of thousands of women who, if buffer zones are implemented, will not be offered any alternative by abortion centres. Women who are uncertain about going through with an abortion have a right to be provided with alternative support in a peaceful manner.

Our peaceful outreach to women entering abortion facilities is the simple action of offering them a leaflet, which they may choose to accept or not. I ask you to witness the peaceful work of The Good Counsel Network and not to legislate against this activity which has allowed hundreds of women to make a choice to keep their baby which would have been impossible for them otherwise.

Yours sincerely
Clare McCullough

Director, The Good Counsel Network

[i] The CQC report into Marie Stopes activities published 20th December 2016

[ii] Ann Furedi at the Battle of Ideas Sunday 29th October 2017

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Amended!!! 2,674 reasons why BPAS and Marie Stopes need Buffer Zones

1,336 2,257 less abortions
in Ealing and Twickenham Abortion Centres
during 2016 than in 2015.
+ abortions in Birmingham have
dropped by 417.

It's embarrassing! I put this post up on Tuesday morning as "1,336 reasons why BPAS and Marie Stopes need Buffer Zones" stating that abortions at Ealing Marie Stopes and Twickenham BPAS had dropped by 1,336 in total between 2015 and 2016.
Turns out I was so wrong!!!
Then March for Life added on the 417 drop in abortions in the Birmingham area from 2012
figures to 2016 figures.
Then, Justyna, pro-lifer extraordinaire and manager of the Twickenham vigil pointed out that actually my figures were up the creek since I had only included NHS abortions and not the private abortions done in these centres.
 I looked again at the figures and found them as below. Making a total reduction of 2,674 abortions, just from these 3 abortion centres.
So the news is even better!
And it's still true to say:
Wherever there is a full time prayerful presence at an abortion centre, with real help available, abortion figures drop.
This is why abortion providers like Marie Stopes and BPAS want buffer zones

According to department of health statistics,

Marie Stopes Ealing performed 7,459 of abortions in 2015
Marie Stopes Ealing performed 6,484 abortions in 2016
That's a drop of 13%

BPAS Twickenham performed 7,325 abortions in 2015
BPAS Twickenham performed 6043 abortions 2016.
That's a drop of 17.5%

Every life is infinitely precious. Don't let them make us back off! Allow women real options!

Come to our vigils here. Donate to help the Mothers and babies we serve here.
Clare McCullough

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