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Monday, 18 June 2018

Summer & Longer Good Counsel Volunteer Workers Internship Programme


I have been amazed to find that nearly every day a woman outside an abortion clinic turns and chooses to take up our offer of help instead of going in for an abortion. 
Jess Almeida, Good Counsel Intern, now Sr Jess of the 
Sisters of the Gospel of Life, Glasgow.
Left Baby "Marla" whose mum chose life

Looking for an interesting and challenging project for the summer? Or for the next few months? Volunteer for Good Counsel's Intern Programme or the Summer Mini-Internship and learn how to take part in front line prolife work in a peaceful and prayerful Catholic atmosphere. It can be very hard work but it also has been extremely fruitful in terms of the number of babies saved and extremely fruitful in the lives of those involved in the programme. It has also been a decisive moment in the lives of some of our interns, helping them to discern their future careers or vocations. Some interns have gone on to work long-term for the Good Counsel Network, or for other pro-life groups. Some have discovered a vocation. Others want to take the skills they have learned back to their own countries or towns.
 
Interns working together

Full Internships (3 months)

Interns volunteer full time with us and have the opportunity to learn:
                How to start and run a successful Crisis Pregnancy Centre
                How to start and run a vigil at an abortion centre
                How to run a 40 Days for Life campaign
                How to advise and support a pregnant woman in a crisis
                How to remain faithful to the Catholic Church’s teachings in all aspects of your                       prolife work
Internships are offered for a 3 month periods. Interns live in London and receive a subsistence allowance, travel expenses and free accommodation. They live as part of a community, praying and working together. There are men’s and women’s intern houses.

 Interns socialising together

Summer Mini-Internships (4-6 weeks)

Summer mini-internships last from 4-6 weeks and provide a basic grounding in running vigils and basic skills for offering women alternatives to abortion, as well as a grounding in pro-life issues such as the law on abortion in the UK, the law in practise, foetal development and abortion.
Accommodation and allowances are the same as for the full internship (above). Mini-internships are available between June and September only.
If you are interested, please email fredathome2@yahoo.co.uk and send your CV or a covering letter with a brief outline of your work history, studies, plans and the reasons for your interest in the Programme.
More Interns working hard...


 “It was an honour to get to walk mothers through a difficult time in their lives. To help mothers who have had abortions towards healing. And it was an honour to get to hold the babies who otherwise wouldn’t be there. To be a part of the story of people whose lives are going to change the world somehow just because they got the chance to live.”
                                                                                               Charis, Good Counsel Intern


Clare McCullough







Sunday, 22 April 2018

What to do about the Buffer Zone

In case you haven't seen the widespread media coverage, Ealing Council has set up a buffer zone outside the Marie Stopes abortion centre which will come into force on Monday 23rd April, the Feast of St George.
The scope of activity this buffer zone will ban is very broad, the PSPO (Public Space Protection Order) document itself says:

" The Activities prohibited by the Order are: 

i                      Protesting, namely engaging in any act of approval/disapproval or attempted act of approval/disapproval, with respect to issues related to abortion services, by any means. This includes but is not limited to  graphic, verbal or written means, prayer or counselling, 
ii                    Interfering, or attempting to interfere, whether verbally or physically, with a service user or member of staff, 
iii                   Intimidating or harassing, or attempting to intimidate or harass, a service user or a member of staff, 
iv                   Recording or photographing a service user or member of staff of the Clinic whilst they are in the Safe Zone, 
v                    Displaying any text or images relating directly or indirectly to the termination of pregnancy, or 
vi                   Playing or using amplified music, voice or audio recordings.  "
Obviously some of these points will make no difference to us (specifically iii, iv and vi) as we never did these things anyway, but now anything we do to offer alternatives or help to women who choose to keep their babies is deemed to be "disapproving of abortion". Of course it is no secret that we don't agree with abortion, but the act of offering alternatives is not in itself an act of disapproval, but an act of offering help to those who wish to avoid an abortion.
Any attempt to offer women a leaflet has now become "Interfering with" service users.
And our poster offering practical help and support is now deemed to be "text relating to the termination of pregnancy".

Ealing Council will allow a maximum of 4 people to stand 100 metres away (some say 150 metres away) on a small green verge which feels to be so far away from the abortion centre that it would be miraculous if any Marie Stopes user noticed our existence. In that space we have limited rights to pray, offer leaflets and display a poster (poster sizes are limited). But if we step off the verge, we would be in breach of the PSPO.

No doubt there will be some local anti-vigil campaigners overcome with glee to see this come into effect.

Meanwhile we have been contacted by one or two people offering to break the PSPO.

We are asking people NOT TO break the PSPO. Here are the reasons why:

We can see that the PSPO is a complete misuse and abuse of laws intended to control anti-social behaviour, not intended to crush charitable outreach, prayer and public acts of witness. We want to see this fought in a legal and law abiding manner. This is about the right of those women who want our support to be able to access it at the point of need, not about any one of us becoming a hero, or being branded a criminal. We want to fight it in a way that demonstrates that. We are law-abiding citizens and we want to fight for our rights and the rights of Mothers who want our help, lawfully.

Furthermore there is no evidence of anyone breaking the law at Ealing or indeed at any of the vigils around the UK. We want to keep it this way. It speaks volumes about who we are and what we are doing that our movement is law-abiding.

The world recognises that movements sometimes need to break the law to protect civil liberties in the face of unjust law. No-one questions the fact that some of the great civil rights leaders of recent history broke laws to defend basic human rights. However, it is prudent and right to employ every legal course of action open to you. And we believe and expect that the legal means of fighting this buffer zone will be successful.

What can you do to help?

  • Firstly, prayer. There has been a continual stream of attacks on our Counsellors since the "anti-vigil" group started coming and spreading lies about what we do. But this has increased in intensity and frequency recently and our staff and volunteers have been the subject of vitriol and physical assault on a daily basis since the 10th April meeting when Ealing Council approved the buffer zone. They are on the frontline and we need to pray for them and of course even more so for the Mothers entering Marie Stopes. 
  • Secondly, instead of offers of breaking the PSPO we need people to commit to regular hours at the vigil. Do you think we should abandon these women? Even if we cannot be outside Marie Stopes, we intend to keep up the symbollic action of being present as closely as we can (legally in the designated area). If you agree that we shouldn't abandon them, please commit to offering some hours of prayer at our vigil. You need to be in contact with our centre to arrange this via info@goodcounselnetwork.co.uk - because we can only have a total number of 4 people on the designated area so please let us know if you plan to come - but please DO come.
  • When you come, please abide by the rules of the PSPO and comply with what the vigil leader asks you to do, and please DO NOT bring posters of any kind. We are only allowed posters of a certain size (and an overall size of all the posters in the designated area is also specified) and we already have them.
  • If you can't come, please offer some time in prayer and/or offer a fast or some sacrifice for the women entering Marie Stopes, for the vigil and for the end of abortion.
  • We provide tens of thousands of pounds worth of support every year to women in difficult pregnancies. Please consider making a donation to help towards this see www.GoodCounselNet.co.uk/Donate
  • Write to your MP about buffer zones - the next stage of this battle will be the Government trying to legislate nationally for buffer zones. We will be giving you more information about the points to make on this shortly.
  • Attend the March for life in London on Saturday 5th May in London. This is a great act of pro-life witness and a wonderful, uplifting event where we can all learn about the fight to defend the unborn and about the buffer zone and what needs to be done to overturn it. Details available at www.marchforlife.co.uk

We hope you will be patient over the next few days as we respond carefully to the Buffer Zone, but whatever you think, do not think that nothing is happening, or that we plan to sit back and accept what has been done to prevent women in need accessing alternatives to abortion.

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:
http://bit.ly/2DGlo6M)

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.


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