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BPAS to end abortions at Bedford Square clinic

By on Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Police intervene as a woman grabs a poster from a man taking part in an anti-abortion vigil outside the BPAS building in Bedford Square last year (Photo: PA)

Police intervene as a woman grabs a poster from a man taking part in an anti-abortion vigil outside the BPAS building in Bedford Square last year (Photo: PA)

The Bedford Square clinic of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) is to stop providing abortions from the end of this month.

Pro-lifers have been holding prayer vigils and protests at the Bedford Square clinic for around 13 years. In 2005 a nine-day novena of prayer was held at the centre, attended by 21 priests, while 40 Days for Life prayer vigils have been held there twice a year for the last three years. One of these vigils was attended by Bishop Alan Hopes, then auxiliary bishop of Westminster.

The BPAS clinic is not closing, but a spokeswoman for the organisation said it would be “moving some of its services” to its clinic in Stratford, east London.

The spokeswoman added: “There’s been no drop off in numbers, but this isn’t a residential area. We’re opening up smaller clinics, more of them, nearer to where women live.”

Mark Banks, communications coordinator of 40 Days for Life, said: “God has heard the prayers of the 10,000-plus individuals who have participated in 40 Days for Life vigils in central London in the last few years. Our prayers continue to be with the mothers and children who have had their lives ruined through abortions at Bedford Square. Given this facility is not entirely closing down we shall assess our presence at this clinic for our next scheduled vigil commencing September 25.”

Daniel Blackman, a research and education officer with the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) and a member of the 40 Days for Life London organising team from 2010 to 2012, said: “The news that BPAS will no longer be performing chemical abortions at its Bedford Square facility is to be welcomed. Special mention should be made of 40 Days for Life, Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, and the Good Counsel Network, who have held prayer vigils outside the BPAS facility for a number of years.

“However, like the head of Hydra, BPAS opened a new facility in Stratford, East London in 2011. SPUC launched a vigorous campaign of opposition, working closely with local residents and pro-life groups. Sadly, BPAS Stratford is now open six days a week, with long opening hours, carrying out chemical and surgical abortions, ie, more abortion procedures than were offered at Bedford Square. It is situated on the ground floor of a residential block housing residents with complex needs, in an area with one of the highest abortions rates in the country. SPUC, together with others who want to offer protection for unborn children and their parents, will continue its campaign against BPAS.”

  • Frank

    I am well aware of the vast number of medical professionals that are pro-life.
    So if you have seen that site then you know you are in the wrong but still insist on proving it.

    It is a good idea to have that biology lesson sometime

  • Frank

    That still doesn’t answer why you’re doing it.

  • http://jabbapapa.wordpress.com/ Julian Lord

    That still doesn’t answer why you’re doing it

    It’s because he is a destructive internet troll with a VERY LONG history of attacking the Catholic Faith, including by the means of literally HUNDREDS of sockpuppets.

  • Frank

    Plenty have celebrated removing Christ from society but only temporarily.

    If Catholics were any of those things you might have a point.

  • Frank

    I had picked that up from your previous warnings Jabba.
    Perhaps I’ll leave him alone now and just type troll until the moderator starts deleting his comments

  • Phil

    quelle surprise! more personal harassment and lies from the herald policeman. at least you are refraining from that taunt you were using, what was it ‘jesus jesus boogaloo’. It is bizarre that you go as far as blasphemy in your persecuting of me.

  • The Great God Phil (pbuh)

    No one forced you to reply in the first place. But Jabba is right, my purpose is to attack the catholic church with every shred of my will and intellect. But I could not do it without people like you. Thank you. You have been very helpful to me.

  • Phil

    Don’t pray for me again unless you want to engage in real ‘spiritual warfare’, as you catholics like putting it. But it is better for you to go, the other catholics here think you are my sock puppet (see Jabbapapa’s comment below)-a discontented lot.

  • Lukas

    Your skewed analysis is quite wrong and inappropriate.

    God is not the source of death, the devil is. Death came into the world by the fall of Adam and Eve through the temptation of the devil. By this fall, the devil was able to infiltrate into God’s perfect divine plan and bring death on mankind through many wars, murders, physical upheavals, diseases, plagues, genetic mutations and, moreover, the original sin now present in all mankinds’ souls that also ultimately brings death on the body and soul.

    While God clearly allowed the angel of death to bring about the last plague of death on the firstborn of Egypt, He was not the source of that death judgement. Moreover, because of the hatred of the Egyptians against the true God of the Hebrews, He was unable to stop this last plague brought about by the wicked sins of the Egyptians. I know that God knew (because He is omniscient), beforehand, when the tenth plague of death would be unleashed by the angel of death on the people and animals of Egypt because of their wicked sins.

    In this respect, because the Egyptians worshiped many false gods, including those especially related to death, they brought their own death judgement on themselves. The Egyptians’ worship of these false deities of death along with their macabre interest in death (e.g., pyramids, bizarre funeral rights, disturbing interest in the underworld, the book of the dead, worship of demons, magical spells associated with death, etc.), ultimately resulted in the Egyptians conjuring up the angel of death. The pharaoh, when he instituted his policy of killing the firstborn male offspring of the Hebrews in an attempt to prevent them from growing into a numerous people, was clearly also under the power of the death cults that his satanic Egyptian religion represented. By killing the innocent Hebrew babies, the pharaoh and his complicit Egyptian citizens conjured up the angel of death which would shortly come to kill the male firstborn of the Egyptians. When you play with fire, you get burned!

    One of the purposes of the Egyptian Passover was for God to simultaneously, using his man Moses, save the firstborn of the Hebrews by having them follow the laws of Passover. During the plague of the angel of death, God passed over and protected the firstborn of the Hebrews from being killed by the angel of death.

    Is there support for the foregoing claims in the Bible? Yes! Please read on for the answers.

    The New Testament clarifies that the cause of the death of the firstborn of the Egyptians was ‘the destroyer’. In this respect, Hebrews 11:28 states: “By faith he kept the Passover and the application of the blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.” This reference to ‘the destroyer’ in Hebrews 11:28 is not applicable to the God of the Hebrews. Revelation 9:11 clarifies that ‘the destroyer’ is in fact the devil where it states: “They had as king over them the angel of the abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Appollyn (that is, Destroyer).”

    Moreover, the Book of Hebrews explicitly points out that the devil is the source of death, stating: “Since the children have flesh and blood, He too showed in their humanity so that by His death He might break the power of him who holds the power of death — that is the the devil.” (Hebrews 2:14) Finally, the First Book of Corinthians provides the slam dunk for my well founded contention that the angel of death killed the firstborn of the Egyptians and not the God of the Hebrews; where it states: “Then the end will come, when He hands over the kingdom of God the Father after He has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” (1 Corinthians 15:24-26)

    To claim that God, especially in the form of His second person, Jesus, supports the killing of unborn baby humans and children is tantamount blasphemy and completely contradicts Sacred Scripture (as stated above). It is the devil, not God the Holy Trinity, that is the source of death which is manifested, in one diabolical form, through the murder of unborn baby humans and children.

    All of you who support the cult of death of Abaddon (one of the many names of the devil), especially through the satanic practices of abortion and infanticide, repent of your wicked ways and become a Catholic Christian so you do not burn in hell forever. Jesus is the final Passover Sacrifice for you if you repent of your evil sins and He will also protect you from, otherwise, being taken by the angel of death to the underworld of hell forever.

    God bless and I am praying for all of you!

    Defender of the Catholic Christian Faith

  • Not Jane

    Harassing poor Jane now are we? What makes you see me in everyone. What did Nietzsche say again about battling monsters and staring into chasms?

  • Ann Convert

    Out of abortion? The information is on the internet. In 2012 BPAS made 95% of its income from abortion, 0.03% from donations, the rest form contraception and abortion. They have charitable tax status. Total income £26 million. 90% of their income is from the NHS. 3 staff earn salaries greater than £100,000 a year.

    Their history is interesting too – their founder Martin Cole was a member of the Eugenics Society. The Eugenics Society changed it’s name into the Galton Institute. Part of the Galton Institute is the Birth Control Trust – for which BPAS’ current CEO once worked.

  • Phil

    None of that is true, my friend. God hardened Pharaoh’s heart. But even then God did not slay Pharaoh, instead he took the innocent firstborn of Egypt. He slaughtered their babes for the hardened heart of Pharaoh. It is written “And the Lord hardened Pharao’ s heart”. It is written: ‘And I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and will kill
    every firstborn in the land of Egypt both man and beast: and against all
    the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord.’ Note well your lord says I WILL PASS. I WILL KILL EVERY FIRSTBORN. Of course good Paul, who had personal experience with murder, would attribute the blame to someone else.

    You have no authority to bless me but do not pray for me. “I am an instance to prove the contrary” as the poet said. You are wrong about another things as well. Though on a side note, did you know that the jehovah’s witnesses believe that Abaddon is the Risen Christ? You will have to look that up to believe me, but it is true! Abaddon is not actually the Devil, but an old Hebrew name for the angel Muriel. But neither Abaddon or the Devil had anything to due with the slaughter of Egypt’s firstborn.

    And one more thing, funny how mary was spared from original sin and death, yet the favour is never extended to anyone else. Instead they are left crippled in a world governed by another power. Or at least that is the myth.

  • $20596475

    If I might just barge in for a moment. Well done and thanks. It makes a nice change for me to see someone else posting realism on here, and for the site policeman to be getting excited because someone else is walking on the cracks in the pavement.

    I just wish the Catholics would concentrate on their own members and stick to convincing them that they should not, because of their faith, contemplate abortion. For everyone else, because it is lawful, it really isn’t any of their business. I have no problem with anyone arguing politically for change, but organising actions outside clinics is beyond that. It is attempted intimidation which shows contempt for women who may well be in a highly emotional state. In my view those who support it ought to be ashamed of themselves.

  • Phil

    When I first started posting on this site I expected a little debate tempered with christian charity. Occasionally I find it, but usually whenever I challenge the party lines with what are fairly normal and widely held opinions, I am called a Stalinist, nazi, satanist, psychopath, etc or I am told to get the heck out of here. And any catholic who dares write to me in a decent tone is quickly called a heretic or worse too. It is a monstrous and isolating view of humanity-I just hope it is not very representative of catholics in England in the real world.

  • Phil

    I presume that is you posting really weird stuff under my name, since your posts are all around the same time (twice today). What is your problem with me?

  • $20596475

    In my own experience very few Catholics (in the UK and around the world) are like the types who are prominent on here, although from the way they post they would have you believe they are the only ones able to determine what is needed to keep the faith pure. It is not just folk like you, I and reasonable Catholics who get the hair-dryer treatment. Many of their priests get the same treatment.

    The group here demonstrate nothing that I have come to understand represents Christian values. I too frequently get accused of being a nazi, stalinist, totalitarian or communist, when many of those epithets actually apply much more accurately to them.

  • Lukas

    You are sorely confused and I will bless anybody I want. I hope and pray you repent of your support of the murder of unborn human babies and become a Catholic Christian.

    To claim that you are my friend when you support killing babies proves that you are under the control of a deceptive spirit. Until you repent of this satanic sin, you and those like you are my enemies. I, however, do not hate you, as Jesus said we are to love our enemies. Hence, the reason I said I would prayer for you.

    Moreover, your interpretation of scripture is extremely flawed because you are under the power of the lying spirit of the devil. When God said He hardened the pharaoh’s heart, this was only with respect to his refusal to allow the Hebrews to leave Egypt, not whether the pharaoh would repent of his mass murder of innocent human babies and the consequent judgement of the angel of death that would still come on the Egyptian people for their complicity in the atrocious murder of these babies.

    Clearly, there would have to be some form of judgment on the Egyptians for the murders of all the innocent firstborn males of the Hebrews. Just like you are unrepentant (for now) of your support for the wicked atrocity of killing human babies, the pharaoh (an egyptian form of adolph hitler), a recalcitrant mass murderer of human babies, was not about to repent of having killed all the firstborn male babies of the Hebrews. God hardened the pharaoh’s heart for this very reason. God already knew, beforehand, that the pharaoh would not repent of his horrific sins so He only hardened his heart with respect to not allowing the Egyptians to leave Egypt sooner, rather than latter, in order to utilize the pharaoh’s obstinacy to multiply His miracles before the Hebrews to prove to them that He was the only true God.

    In this respect, read Exodus 7:2-4 which states: “You are to say everything I command you, and your brother–Aaron–is to tell pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his country. But I will harden pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in Egypt, he will not listen to you.”

    You also threw up a number of smokescreen strawman arguments in a futile attempt to make it appear that God is the source of the killing of the the firstborn of the Egyptians during the tenth plague. I have already provided ample scriptural quotes, however, from the New Testament that elaborate and clarify that the devil, ‘the destroyer’, was the source of the killing of the firstborn of the Hebrews.

    Moreover, any claim that God is the source of death or is the source of killing of any humans is clearly erroneous in light of New Testament revelation which explicitly states that the devil is the source of death; as Hebrews 2:14 states: “Since the children have flesh and blood, He too showed in their humanity so that by His death He might break the power of him who holds the power of death — that is the the devil.”

    To prove my point, if God were the source of death and used it, Himself, as a tool of His direct judgement, none of us would be alive today. Why? Because, if that were so, God would have had to put to death the two most guilty humans in all of human history — namely Adam and Eve. However, although they were guilty of rebelling against God’s law in their human perfection, He still did not put them to death simply because He cannot kill or put to death. This is the case because as Hebrews 2:14 points out the devil, alone, ‘holds the power of death’.

    With respect to your false claim that Abaddon is not a devil when the New Testament clearly says he is, is just a blatten and desperate lie meant to defend your blasphemy against God. In this regard, revelation 9:11 clarifies that ‘the destroyer’ is in fact the devil where it states: “They had as king over them the angel of the abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Appollyn (that is, Destroyer)”. The ‘angel of the abyss’ is clearly a demon and not a holy angel from heaven or Christ. To support your claims, you really need to quote scripture, in light of New Testament revelation, and not extraneous and unreliable sources that that are clearly from the devil.

    Finally, the jehovah witnesses are an Arian heretical cult. In this respect, they have been deceived by the devil into believing that Jesus is only a man and not also God. For this reason, their cult is from the devil and you should not look to them for theological insight about the Christian Faith. Therefore, their ridiculous claim about Abaddon being Christ is meaningless.

    I reiterate that all of you who support the cult of death of Abaddon (one of the many names of the devil), especially through the satanic practices of abortion and infanticide, repent of your wicked ways and become a Catholic Christian so you do not burn in hell forever. Jesus is the final Passover Sacrifice for you if you repent of your evil sins and He will also protect you from, otherwise, being taken by the angel of death to the underworld of hell forever.

    God bless and I am praying for all of you!

    Defender of the Catholic Christian Faith

  • Handle

    Methinks you must have forgetten to pray for me earlier? Naughty. Nothing you wrote changes the explicit words of the Torah. You have no authority to give blessings. Not that blessings are in fashion anymore. And I promise you that Abaddon and the Devil are not one and the same intelligence. Bye. I will not abide this anymore.

  • Lukas

    All I can say is your senseless satanic rantings speak for themselves.

  • Handle

    The first reply you thought up was better.

    They indeed serve their purpose.

  • Lukas

    One other point, while the Book of Exodus does state that God would pass over Egypt and kill the firstborn of the Egyptians, this is obviously a figure of speech used by the writer of Exodus. In this case, this figure of speech is hyperbole which is “the use of exaggeration as a rhetorical device . . . to create strong feelings and to create a strong impression, but not to be taken literally”.

    In this respect and in light of New Testament revelation, this reference does not exclude that the angel of death was indirectly used by God as a form of judgement on the Egyptians for killing innocent babies. Moreover, because of the wicked sins of the Egyptians, He would have been unable to prevent those innocents from being killed and, thus, the inevitable judgement from the angel of death would have been seen as a direct judgement from God for the Egyptians’ infanticide sins.

  • Lukas

    For your thoughtful consideration:

    “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;” (Isaiah 5:20)

  • http://jabbapapa.wordpress.com/ Julian Lord

    How many HUNDREDS of sockpuppets have you made so far, “phil”, in your ongoing campaign of hatred and destruction against Catholicism and Catholics ?

  • http://jabbapapa.wordpress.com/ Julian Lord

    my purpose is to attack the catholic church with every shred of my will and intellect

    Exactly and objectively satanic.

    Note to Catholic Herald Moderators — it is likely that only action via the cybercrimes unit of the Metropolitan Police will be capable of preventing the actively destructive methods of this HORRENDOUSLY ghastly internet troll.

  • http://jabbapapa.wordpress.com/ Julian Lord

    Attempts at misdirection by the appropriation of other people’s user names are a stock-in-trade of “phil’s” destructive trolling.

    Creating a stable Disqus account will not provide 100% protection against these puerile, moronic tactics, but it is helpful nonetheless.

  • Phil

    I have no intention of creating animosity against any catholic. But insofar as a group of catholics promotes isolationism and intolerance I would do anything I can to stop it. Meanwhile I will remove myself from this toxic environment in respect to others. Your bullying tactics have won you this victory, you should be proud.

  • la Catholic state

    But you are the one who approves Genocide! God takes back the life that He gives in one way or another…..always. We all die when our time is up!
    But only humans murder…..both the born and unborn. Wow…..so now you are shocked by the facts. Pffft….hypocrite.

  • http://jabbapapa.wordpress.com/ Julian Lord

    Meanwhile I will remove myself from this toxic environment in respect to others. Your bullying tactics have won you this victory, you should be proud

    AKA Part 4 of “phil’s” habitual Modus Operandi — post crocodile tears proposing to blame others and simultaneously try and blame them for the toxicity created by “phil’s” sockpuppets in the first place

    Part 5 being — create a new batch of sockpuppets and start again, repetita ad nauseam

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