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Table of Contents

Foreword; Prologue (Tuesday 30 April 2019); Part One: Murder -- In Your Face and Space 1991, 1970s and Beyond; The Price You Pay Late 1990s-July 2001; Born to Protect: The Council, The Police and God 2001-2007. Part Two: Decriminalising Abortion; Lobbying to Nowhere July 2001-2004; Decriminalising Abortion 2004-December 2008; Garden Beds, Fountains and the Media 2009-2011. Part Three: Supreme Court Action -- Lawyers Can Be Handy December 2010-January 2012; Whos Running the Case? February 2012-2013; In the Eyes of the Beholder: Obscenity March 2013-March 2017 ; Suing Melbourne City Council March 2013-December 2014; Thats the Game March 2014-July 2014 ; When a Lord Mayor Comes Calling September 2014-March 2015; Lets Just Write a BillFiona Patten January 2015-August 2015; Our Day in Court and a New Day in Parliament 3 June-August 2015; Tears 26 August 2015. Part Four: Abortion Safe Access Zones -- From Tears to Cheers 27 August-1 September 2015; Proud Women 2 September 2015; The Bureaucracy September-October 2015 ; The Legislative Assembly 22 October-12 November 2015; The Legislative Council 23-27 November 2015; Police Implementation December 2015-May 2016 Part Five The High Court Challenge; Crossing the Line: The Breach August 2016-March 2018; Love at First Sight: The High Court of Australia 9-11 October 2018; The High Court Decision: Words From the Wise 10 April 2019; Epilogue; Acknowledgements; Appendix: If You Are Thinking of Having an Abortion and Afterwards; References; Index.

About the Author

Dr Susie Allanson was a clinical psychologist for more than 35 years. Twenty-six of those years were at the Fertility Control Clinic, including when the clinic's security guard was murdered. Susie led the clinic's campaign for safe access to abortion. She is the author of Murder on His Mind. Lizzie O'Shea is a lawyer and writer. Her commentary is featured regularly on television programs and radio, usually about law, technology, or human rights. Lizzie represented the Fertility Control Clinic in the Supreme Court case to stop the harassment of staff and patients by anti-abortion fanatics. She is the author of Future Histories (2019).


"Whats it like working in a clinic that provides abortions when religious fanatics are literally screaming at the door? This book takes us into the heart of a busy working clinic that was pierced by a murderers bullet. Congratulations and thank you Susie and Lizzie for telling this story so we don't ever forget and truly do empower women." -- Beth Wilson AM, author of The Lost Lovelies Foundation, and former Health Services Commissioner.

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