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The saddest part of the Vicky Pryce case

Chris Huhne felt she had to have an abortion

By on Friday, 8 March 2013

Vicky Pryce leaves court yesterday
Sean Dempsey/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Vicky Pryce leaves court yesterday Sean Dempsey/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Economist Vicky Pryce has been found guilty of perverting the course of justice after a jury unanimously found her guilty of taking her husband’s speeding points ten years ago.

Some time ago I read this in the Daily Telegraph, reporting the evidence given in court by Dr Pryce, former wife of Chris Huhne, in the first of her trials for perverting the course of justice:

Breaking down in tears, the mother of five said there were lots of things about her former husband that she could ignore, but one incident stuck out.

“That particular incident is one where I got accidentally pregnant and obviously wanted to keep the baby because it was healthy – in fact, I quite like babies, that’s why I have so many.

“He absolutely resisted it, saying it was bad timing, bad financially, bad for his career to be tied down again.

“And despite my protestations, he got me to have an abortion, which I have regretted ever since.”

Dr Pryce has been found guilty by a jury, which has refused to believe her defence of marital coercion. But I have heard of this tragic scenario of abortion before. The same thought always occurs to me: a woman’s right to choose, the famous mantra of the pro-abortion movement, is hollow. Choice is never excercised in a vacuum. We all have the right, nay the duty, to make correct moral choices, but we are all victims of influences and pressures from outside. In the matter of abortion, women rarely get the chance to make a choice that is entirely theirs.

Every abortion has a victim – the innocent child; but quite often there is another victim too, the sorrowing mother who has been bullied into the abortion against her will.



  • Jonathan West

    Just remember that the story is part of a larger impression that she was trying to make, of a downtrodden wife bullied by her husband into taking decisions against her better judgement.

    In the case of the speeding points, the jury didn’t believe her, and found her guilty. Why do you believe her over the abortion?

  • James Moriarty

    Was this abortion actually legal?  I don’t think “bad timing, bad financially, bad for his career to be tied down again” is a legitimate reason under the 1967 act.

  • Benedict Carter

    Oh, James Moriarty, to men such as Huhne, in love only with their own god of power and self-regard, pitilessness is quite possible. 

    Let’s hope the Judge gives him the absolute maximum prison sentence possible for the offence, and that he serves every single day of it. 

  • Anonymous

    The abortionists don’t care James.

    I had an abortion for the same reason – bad timing, partner didn’t want the baby and I was on a temporary contract, which would not have been renewed.

    They don’t tell you what will happen either. Only once I had taken the requisite pill to induce the abortion, did they then tell me that I would experience labour pains. Nor do they tell you that you will deliver a tiny foetus into a kidney dish which they put in a paper lunchbag for you to give to the doctor to examine.

    Coercion, especially when it is from a combination of people, added to the lies told to you by the abortion clinics and chuck in a measure of despair and hopelessness can drive you to rationalise and justify evil.

    Vicky Pryce is not the first, she won’t be the last and neither should she be condemned for what she did, even though it was an abhorrent act.

    This type of coercion happens every single day, a coercion that is added to by a society that mandates and encourages abortion as being a responsible choice and leaves devastated women and dead babies in its wake.

    So long as one ‘wants’ an abortion it is legal in the UK.

    One has to feel even more sorry for Vicky Pryce as she probably hasn’t had the chance to embrace the Sacrament of Confession or find any healing in the severest mercy of The Lord.

    If she was prepared to abort her baby under pressure, then speeding points would have seemed like small fry. Poor woman.

  • James M

     “The saddest part of the Vicky Pryce case”

    ## The whole thing is sad – for both parties. Abortion has no special status as uniquely sad. That a life is ended, is no guide to culpability – that, is known to God alone. It’s very superficial to suppose otherwise. Paedophilia is a greater sin than theft – that does not mean that all paedophiles, or even any of them, are more culpable than any, or all, thieves. So with abortion – there may be “pro-lifers” who are in greater danger of Hell than the abortionists whose work they oppose.  

    To make abortion the Sin of Sins, is to pervert Catholic morality & the Catholic Faith. Satan did not fall through championing abortion, but through pride. Pride is far a greater evil than any other – even if it has the disadvantage of being commissible by anyone at all; even by opponents of abortion. 

  • Gingangoolie

    Poor you, too, Anonymous. You are in my prayers.

    Abortion and contraception is all about MONEY and nothing else. It is an industry – an industry of conveyor-belt death.

    There is no after-care, no nothing. You are left to your own devices.

    I’ve encountered enough women who have been down this road and it breaks my heart over and over.

    The former manager of an abortion clinic in the United States which was under the umbrella of Planned Parenthood (the equivalent is Marie Stopes International and others here) resigned her job and became not only very staunchly pro-life but converted to the Roman Catholic Church. She wrote a book exposing the machinations of PP. It’d be safe to say that the abortion mills here operate the same way.

    We don’t hear or read enough about experiences such as yours and we should shout this from the highest peaks possible.

    People soak up the propaganda about abortion, contraception etc. like willing sponges.

    Any opposition or discussion is vigorously, violently shouted down. This is unacceptable.

    People should arise and smell whatever beverage is brewing first thing in the morning … and not accept the spin.

  • Cassandra

    Vicky Price has access to Confession and Penance. It is freely available in the orthodox church. She could have got to the orthodox convent in Essex where the nuns could have assisted her in coming to terms with her grief as well finding a priest for confession.

  • Jonathan West

    Because she was trying to get off charges of perverting the course of justice. Enough of a motivation I think!

  • Lazarus

    Her defence of marital coercion requires more than being a downtrodden wife: it requires (broadly) that she was deprived of the freedom to choose what to do. 

    That the jury failed to believe she passed that threshold says nothing about whether they believed she was bullied in a more general way to take the points and have the abortion. I know that in West World, everything Catholics do is wrong, and that, as a consequence, abortion must always be right. But in the real world, a woman’s right to choose often comes down to a woman’s right to be bullied into something convenient for the man in her life.

    I’m sure you’ll ignore Vicky Pryce on this just as you’ll ignore ‘anonymous’ above. But that has nothing to do with reality and everything to do with your dogmatic anti-Catholicism.

  • $20596475

    She was found guilty as charged. Everything else is hearsay and should not be relied upon. Putting pressure on anyone, over anything, is unacceptable, so why make this particular one an issue? That a potential father be allowed to express a view over a possible abortion, does seem sensible though. They are just as likely to argue against, as for.