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Ealing Council abortion vote: SPUC calls on those who care about pregnant women to respond

17 January 2018

Julian Bell (Labour) Ealing Councillor

Prolife groups should not be prevented from helping pregnant women to keep their babies 

The Society for the Protection of Unborn (SPUC) has urged people to make very clear to Ealing Council that prolife groups should not be prevented from helping pregnant women to keep their babies. SPUC said that the decision by Ealing Council to hold a public consultation means it is more important than ever that those who support prolife vigils speak out against those seeking to deny women help and to undermine freedom of speech. 

Any proposed ban will only assist Marie Stopes International (MSI) in Ealing, an abortion-provider condemned by both the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and on NHS Choices as providing appalling care to the women whose unborn babies they abort.

Antonia Tully, Director of Campaigns SPUC has said that, “Ealing Council must allow life-saving help to continue for vulnerable women entering the MSI abortion clinic in the borough,” adding, “Peaceful, prayerful pro-life vigils must continue to offer help to desperate women coming to MSI.  Many women are ambivalent about abortion and the presence of groups such as the Good Counsel Network offers a lifeline to such women”.

She urged people to participate in the upcoming public consultation in order to protect people’s right to help women. She noted that freedom of speech is threatened by a dishonest campaign fronted by an abortion industry and aggressive groups which seek to intimidate peaceful vigils.

She further added: “We must be very clear that there is absolutely no harassment or intimidation by pro-life groups taking place outside MSI in Ealing. Pro-life vigils are always conducted within the law and to the highest standards of respect and sensitivity to every women entering the abortion clinic”. 

No evidence whatsoever has been produced which shows that Good Counsel Network, who organise the vigils, have ever intimidated the women they are trying to assist. Moreover numerous women are on record as stating that Good Counsel Network helped them to keep their babies. 

Notes to the editor


For more information

Antonia Tully, SPUC Director of Campaigns and Fundraising, can be contacted on:

  • 07926007175

Or contact Dr Anthony McCarthy, SPUC Director of Education and Communications, on:

  • 020 7820 3144
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