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Title Abortion, corruption and cops : the Bertram Wainer story / directed by John Moore
Published Acton, Australian Capital Territory : National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, 2005
Online access available from:
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (53 min.)
Series Australasian video online
Summary In 1967 a young woman came to Dr Bertram Wainer's Melbourne surgery seeking emergency medical treatment after a backyard abortion. She was desperately ill yet too afraid to go to hospital. For Wainer this was the start of a long, hard struggle to overturn laws that made abortion an offence punishable by up to 15 years in jail. In the process he uncovered a web of corruption involving highly paid doctors, backyard abortionists, high-ranking police and power-broking politicians. It would lead to attempts against his life and the first major public enquiry into a state police force, as he fought to make abortions accessible, affordable and safe
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed November 3, 2014)
Previously released as DVD
In English
Subject Wainer, Bertram Barney, 1928-1987.
Abortion -- Australia.
Police -- Australia -- Victoria.
Pro-choice movement -- Australia.
Extortion -- Australia -- Victoria.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Moore, John, director