Priests for Life - Testimonies
Mothers Whose Babies Were Killed by Abortion

Fathers Whose Babies Were Killed by Abortion

Former Abortion Providers

Women Who Chose Life

Mothers of Large Families


Abortion Survivors

Children conceived through rape

Stories of pro-life commitment
America Will Not Reject Abortion Until America
Sees Abortion

Prayer Campaign

Take Action

Social Networking

Rachel's Vineyard,
A Ministry of Priests For Life

Silent No More Awareness Campaign, A Project
of Priests For Life

Clergy Resources


Why I Tried To Kill My Child

Great-Grandmother Winifred Cowell celebrates Mother's Day this Sunday with the daughter she tried to kill 44 years ago. Mrs. Cowell, 75, bravely told the story this week of how she tried to abort her daughter Barbara, in an attempt to stop other woman opting for terminations.

Mrs. Cowell said: "I wish we could stop and think of the far-reaching consequences of abortion. It touches me most when my beautiful baby great-grand-daughter Jenna runs to me with her little arms outstretched in love.

 Mother's Dismay

"It's then that I think, if I'd had my way, these beautiful people would all have been lost to the world, and to the pain, joy and beauty which are all the patterns of life. I hope this true story will save the lives of unborn innocent little ones."

Mrs. Cowell, who lives in Burnley, Lanashire, now has 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. But in 1944, living in terrible conditions with her five young children and an unsupportive husband, Winfred was dismayed to find herself pregnant once again.

"I had nowhere to lay this new life, nothing," she said "Not even peace to greet the new baby." Having taken an overdose of quinine in an attempt to induce an abortion. Mrs. Cowell almost died whilst having her stomach pumped in hospital."

She recovered gradually but was still resentful of the life inside her. Then, a month later before the birth was due. Winifred slipped and fell down a flight of stone steps, causing serious complications.

I Tried to Kill Baby

Although she once tried to kill the child, this new threat made her desperate to bring the baby into the world. Winifred suddenly felt that "the little one was absolutely alive and fighting for survival."

Against, all the odds, her daughter was born by caesarian, alive and healthy. Now that Barbara herself is a grandmother and a successful businesswoman, Winifred thanks God for thwarting her original plans. "I can just imagine,'' she smiles, "How the Lord would say, Oh no you don't. I've got plans in the future for this little one."

Her own experiences compelled Mrs. Cowell to write to David Alton MP in support of his Abortion (Amendment) Bill. The best way to help his campaign, she decided, was to make her own story public.

Priests for Life
PO Box 236695 • Cocoa, FL 32923
Tel. 321-500-1000, Toll Free 888-735-3448 •