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Beth Wilson: Health Service Providers and Conscientious Objection

There are currently practicing doctors around Australia who still oppose abortion and even refuse to prescribe contraception. Women have been turned away from pharmacy dispensaries when asking for the morning after pill.

What lies behind this moral standpoint? Is it legitimate for a doctor to refuse a woman contraception based on their personal beliefs? Is this practice indicative of how pro-life sentiments are spreading within the medical and political community?

Former Victorian health services commissioner, Beth Wilson AM, will look at why these choices are being removed from the hands of women – and question whether the days of ‘backyard’ abortions are really behind us.

In her Lunchbox/Soapbox address, she’ll investigate where this type of so-called conscientious objection leaves women and how the removal of choice can impact women’s health.


Portrait of Beth Wilson

Beth Wilson

Beth Wilson became Victoria’s Health Services Commissioner in 1997. She is a lawyer by training and has worked mainly in administrative law. Beth has had a long-standing interest in medico/legal and ethical issues.

Lunchbox / Soapbox

We love exploring ideas at the Wheeler Centre, and encouraging others to do the same. That’s why every Thursday lunchtime we hand the microphone over to the great thinkers, dreamers and orators of our time.

With a dazzling range of passionate speakers and unusual topics, our soapbox provides a platform for the eclectic, topical and enlightening stories you won’t hear elsewhere. This is the most memorable lunch break you’ll have all week.

If you’re in need of sustenance of body as well as mind, the MOAT lunch cart will be serving delicious $10 lunchboxes in the Performance Space from 12.20pm.


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