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Pregnancy Rights

Your legal options during and after pregnancy

What this Guide covers

  • Introduction
    What this guide is about, where to go for legal advice and where to go for more help
  • Sexual health
    Sexual Consent, contraception and the Emergency Contraceptive Pill
  • Some options after a positive pregnancy test
    Seeking support, termination, adoption, foster care and whāngai
  • Healthcare
    Maternity care and privacy, drug and alcohol use during pregnancy and safety
  • Education if you’re under 18
    Information on school and education when you’re pregnant and under the age of 18
  • Housing
    Information on housing and renting
  • Work
    Employment protections, parental leave, returning to work and bereavement leave
  • The other parent
    Who’s the other parent? (“paternity”), parent titles for gender-diverse parents and Paternity Orders
  • Caring for a child
    Guardianship of a child, day-to-day care and contact with a child and Child support & benefits
  • Dealing with Oranga Tamariki
    your rights when dealing with Oranga Tamariki/Ministry for Children
  • Legal Aid
    Legal aid will help pay for your lawyer’s fees and you won’t need to pay it back
  • Where to go for more support
    Other information and resources
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Pregnancy Rights

A basic, plain language guide that contains practical answers to questions about pregnancy and the law. It covers sex and consent, options after a positive pregnancy test, what help you can get with school, work, and parenting and more. Pregnancy Rights is written for young pregnant people, their whānau and advocates.

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