I received email from Neil Addison, the distinguish barrister and director of the St. Thomas More Legal Center in the UK. Mr. Addison explains the situation better than I could.
I write about an item in this weekend’s Catholic Times and Catholic Herald newspapers which you may perhaps want to blog about.
As you will recollect at the Latin Mass Society Conference there was a memorable talk by Stuart McCullough of the Good Counsel Network who provide an advice and support service for women contemplating abortion or who are suffering psychological trauma following an abortion. Amongst other things they organize a prayer vigil outside the Marie Stopes Abortion Clinic in Whitfield Street London which also provides them with the opportunity to talk to women. They do not, of course, prevent any woman going into the Clinic.
Good Counsel have been written to by a Solicitors Firm acting on behalf of Marie Stopes threatening them with an Injunction under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. They have also, and rather bizarrely, been threatened with being reported to the Advertising Standards Authority. This is because Marie Stopes disagree with the leaflets produced by Good Counsel talking about the realities of abortion and the possible psychological consequences. Marie Stopes also complain about the Good Counsel people having on display rosary beads in “baby pink and blue” ! [Yep. Those pink and blue rosaries are pretty threatening.]