In his opinion in Gillick v. West Norfolk and Wisbech Area Health Authority, I Lord Scarman of the English House of Lords remarked that "women have obtained by the availability of the pill a choice of lifestyle with a degree of independence and of opportunity undreamed of until this generation .... ." He went on to caution wisely that the "law ignores these developments at its peril . . . . While this is indeed enlightened prose, courts in both the United Kingdom and the United States have been far less rational when faced with the issue of contraceptive services for minors.
"Cognitus Interruptus: The Courts and Minors' Access to Contraceptives,"
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