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A Brief History of the Fertility Control Clinic

For more than forty years, the Fertility Control Clinic has been dedicated to providing best practice health services for abortion, family planning and sexual & reproductive health. We are involved in abortion and sexual & reproductive health research, teaching and advocacy. We have forged strong relationships with other reputable women-focused services and organisations.

The Fertility Control Clinic was established in 1972 by abortion rights campaigner Dr Bertram Wainer.

During the 1960s-1970s, and at risk to his own life, Dr Bertram Wainer challenged anti-abortion laws and corruption, so that abortion and contraception became accessible, affordable and safe for women in Victoria. His story was immortalised in the 2012 TV drama, Dangerous Remedy, in John Moore’s 2005 documentary, Abortion, Corruption & Cops: The Bertram Wainer Story, and in books such as Gideon Haigh’s 2008 The Racket: How abortion became legal in Australia.  A tragic time in the Clinic’s history is chronicled in Dr Susie Allanson’s 2006 book, Murder On His Mind: The untold story of Australia’s abortion clinic murder.

Following Dr Wainer’s death in 1987, the Fertility Control Clinic has continued to advocate for women’s reproductive rights, including in:

  • The successful 2008 Decriminalisation of Abortion in Victoria;
  • Abortion law reforms in other Australian states and territories; and
  • The 2015 SAFE ACCESS ZONE legislation which BANS ANTI-ABORTION PROTESTERS from within 150m of all Victorian abortion services.

The Fertility Control Clinic’s building is heritage listed. The building once housed Sir Redmond Barry. With a building at the University of Melbourne named after him, and amongst a distinguished career, Sir Redmond Barry is known as the judge who sentenced Ned Kelly.

Our heritage listed private hospital has modern, stringently accredited health facilities, is conveniently located in a picturesque setting in East Melbourne, and is readily accessible by public transport.

The Fertility Control Clinic story continues as we build on our unique history and dedication to women’s health.

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