About the Good Counsel Network
What is The Good Counsel Network?
A life-affirming women’s organisation which offers a pregnancy test, moral support, medical information, legal advice and practical help to women seeking abortion. We reach out to these women to inform them about the risks to their physical and psychological health and present them with realistic alternatives to abortion. We deal with the hardest cases of crisis pregnancy every day.
We offer women help and moral support which they may need to keep their child, from accommodation and financial help, baby clothes and nappies, to friendship, advice and planning for the future. Staff at The Good Counsel Network offer their time and work to Jesus through Mary.
False accusations have been made, however in reality The Good Counsel Network does not harass women at abortion centres but offers much needed help and support to pregnant and post-abortive women. For more details see Pro-Abortion Media Storm; A Response
The organisation is called after Our Lady of Good Counsel, a miraculous picture with faith-inspiring history.
Five hundred years after the miraculous journey of the Image of Our Lady of Good Counsel from Albania to Italy in 1467, here in England the abortion bill was being prepared. In 1967 the bill became law. The Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel, April 26 1968, was celebrated in a country which was about to lose its soul. What pleading prayers Our Lady must have offered to her Son that day we can only imagine, but man knew better than God and rejecting all remaining twinges of conscience, the brutal trade of mass annihilation began the next day, April 27 1968. And yet the beautiful Image of Our Lady Mother of Good Counsel teaches us real maternal devotion and hope.
Ending Abortion One Baby At A Time since 1997
Abortion was legalised in England and Wales on the 27th October 1967 and over 9 million babies’ lives have been lost since then. While it is vitally important to change the law, we cannot ignore the hundreds of babies who will die in this country today.
Since 1997, The Good Counsel Network has sought to end abortion one baby, one Mother, one family at a time. Abortions do not take place in Parliament or in MP’s surgeries, but in hospitals, “clinics” and even GP’s surgeries. Women also look for adverts of how or where to obtain an abortion.
Good Counsel runs adverts aimed at abortion-bound women. We run three daily prayer vigils outside abortion centres in London and support dozens of other vigils around the country, where leaflets offering help, with our phone number on are distributed to pregnant mums.
Over 3,000 Mothers that we know of have kept their babies because of this work, there are countless others that we do not get to know about. Just recently a woman approached one of our Counsellors, Siobhan, outside the abortion centre in Ealing, to tell her that she had come there five years before to abort her child. She spoke to a pro-lifer on the doorstep of the “clinic”, got our leaflet, went home and kept her child, who is now 5 years old.See video testimony with our mums here.
Please join us in prayer, at a vigil, in your parish or at home. Please donate towards our work so that we can continue to offer the genuine practical support that so often makes the difference between life and death.
Join us in ending abortion, one baby at a time.
Picture of Bishop McMahon of Brentwood leads the Rosary outside Buckhurst Hillabortion centre.
Information, advice and support all help to change a woman’s mind about abortion, but only God can change her heart. We pray for our clients and, if they are open, speak about God’s plan for them and their baby. Our centres are open to women of all religious beliefs and none.
Abortion, A Woman’s Choice?
Women’s groups have repeatedly said that abortion is about a woman’s right to choose, yet many women tell us they are having abortions because there seems to be no other choice for them. Furthermore, in studies over 70% of women having abortions have said their choice was instigated by someone else.
Risks of Abortion
The Good Counsel Network believes that the abortion choice is not freely made unless the woman is given FREE information about what abortion involves, REAL alternatives to abortion and compassionate support if she chooses to keep her baby.
The decision to abort carries serious risks to the Mother’s health. Psychologically, a woman may experience post-abortion syndrome (P.A.S.). This is a type of post-traumatic stress disorder which is well documented in the USA but largely ignored in the UK. P.A.S. can manifest itself in many ways. Women may suffer many different symptoms ranging from guilt, grieving and mourning to despair and suicidal impulses, from a desperate need to have a "replacement baby" to abuse of her other children, thwarted maternal instincts and (sometimes multiple) repeat abortions. One of the "classic" symptoms of P.A.S. is annual bouts of illness and/or depression around the time of the baby’s death date, or at what would have been his/her birth month. Physically, there are many threats to a woman’s future ability to carry a pregnancy to term. Miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies and sterility are often reported following abortions. Damage to the cervix, infections and heavy bleeding are common complications. How can a woman make the decision to abort without this information?
For more details about the psychological risks of an abortion see http://www.bvafoundation.org/research.html
Mass and Adoration
Because we are a privately funded organisation we rely upon donations from our supporters to reach and help the women that we see. Supporters have made amazing efforts, such as a sponsored cycle for the Good Counsel. We run a number of fundraising activities throughout the year. More details...
Volunteers are needed on all sides of our work; reaching women, providing advice, support and help, prayer support and fundraising. More details...
See our Events page to see what social, fundraising
and other events we have.