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Victoria D. M. Gudgeon
1946 (age 73–74)
|Known for||Campaign for the 1985 UK House of Lords ruling which became known as the "Gillick competence"|
|Children||10 children (five sons, five daughters)|
Victoria D. M. Gillick (née Gudgeon; born 1946, Hendon) is a British activist and campaigner best known for the eponymous 1985 UK House of Lords ruling that considered whether contraception could be prescribed to under-16s without parental consent or knowledge. The ruling established the term "Gillick competence" to describe whether a minor (below the age of 16) is able to consent to his or her own medical treatment, without the need for parental permission or knowledge.
A Roman Catholic mother of 10 children (five sons, five daughters), Gillick began her campaign in 1980 in response to a DHSS circular issuing guidance on contraceptive prescribing. After it was considered in lower courts, the House of Lords ruled that in some circumstances a minor could consent to treatment, and that in these circumstances a parent had no power to veto treatment.
In 2000, Gillick lost a libel action against the Brook Advisory Centres, which she claimed accused her of being "morally responsible" for a rise in teenage pregnancies. Costs of £4,298.15 were awarded against her. In 2002, however, she won an apology and damages amounting to £5,000 and costs.
- 1983: Mother loses contraception test case, bbc.co.uk; accessed 5 December 2016.
- Victoria Gillick 'broke' after losing libel case, Telegraph.co.uk; accessed 18 May 2017.
- Morals campaigner wins damages, bbc.co.uk; accessed 5 December 2016.
- OLD RATCLIFFIAN NEWS; retrieved 5 December 2016.
- "Ukip councillor Gordon Gillick: 'Poor, badly educated people are fat because they like it'", Independent.co.uk, 24 July 2014.
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