Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Good Counsel plans tube adverts

The Good Counsel Network has Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament during the day as often as possible. It is an essential part of the GCN ethos that prayer, fasting and adoration support the work of the counsellors who try to offer compassionate and practical help to women seeking abortion, so that they are able to take the decision not to abort their child. Every day they deal with some of the hardest cases of crisis pregnancy and have a remarkable success rate in persuading women that there is another way out.

This afternoon I was there to give Benediction at the end of the day's adoration and had the opportunity of a sneak preview of the latest newsletter which was being stuffed into envelopes afterwards. The recently started blog Maria Stops Abortion is one of their latest initiatives in education which is also an important part of the work of the GCN. (The title of the blog is a pun on the name one of the largest abortion providers in the UK, Marie Stopes International.)

The blog has just announced a Campaign to raise money to put advertisements on the London Tube. The good news is that you can put one advert in one carriage for two weeks for £20. The bad news is that there are more than 500 active trains on the network (according to one estimate I could find), and each with about six or more carriages so it would take a lot of donors to cover the whole network. Nevertheless, since the Tube carries 3.4 million people every weekday, each one will get a reasonable number of people in a captive audience for an average journey time of 13 minutes so I think it is a good idea.
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