The Good Counsel Network is a life-affirming women’s organisation which offers 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.
About the Good Counsel Network
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.
Our organisation is called after Our Lady of Good Counsel, a miraculous picture with faith-inspiring history:
Mater Bon Consilii
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.
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. Good Counsel also 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 are distributed to pregnant mums.
How are hearts and minds changed?
Over 3,000 Mothers that we know of have kept their babies because of our work, while there are countless others that we do not get to know about.
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?
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.
What we do
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Mass and Adoration
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Adoration and Benediction take place regularly in our Centre. We also have all-night Adoration Vigils monthly.
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.
Volunteers are needed on all sides of our work; reaching women, providing advice, support and help, prayer support and fundraising.
We organise lots of different events: spiritual activities like Adoration vigils, and an annual GK Chesterton Pilgrimage. We also organise an annual ball! If you would like to get involved please let us know: