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…

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Introduction Welcome to the sixth edition of “Pregnancy Rights: Your legal options during and after pregnancy”. What is this guide about? “Pregnancy Rights: Your legal options during and after pregnancy” is a basic, plain English guide that contains practical answers to questions…

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Sexual Health Sexual Consent What is consent? Consent is when you give permission for something to happen. Before having sex, all people involved must show or say that they give consent. For example, if you consent to having sex if contraception is…

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Sexual Health Contraception and the Emergency Contraceptive Pill What is contraception? Contraception is a way to prevent pregnancy. There are different types of contraception and some are more effective than others (for example, condoms, the pill, the jab, the rod etc.) Can…

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Some options after a positive test Seeking support Who can I talk to about my options while pregnant? You can talk to a counsellor about your pregnancy options to help you decide what to do (this is called “pre-decision counselling”). There are…

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Some options after a positive test Abortion (“Termination”) What is an abortion? An abortion is a surgical or medical procedure to end (“terminate”) a pregnancy by removing the embryo or fetus from a person’s womb. It is provided by a “qualified health…

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Some options after a positive test Adoption What is adoption? Adoption Act 1955, s 16 Adoption is a legal process where a person or couple (the “adoptive parents”) become the parents of another person’s birth child (the “birth parent”). The adoptive parents…

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Some options after a positive test Foster Care What is foster care? Foster care is when a child’s day-to-day care is provided by someone other than the child’s birth parents. This could be for a short time or a long time. Foster…

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Some options after a positive test Whāngai What is Whāngai? Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 ss 108, 115 Whāngai is a care arrangement according to tikanga Māori (Māori custom) where a child is cared for by someone other than their parents…

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Healthcare Maternity care and privacy What healthcare can I get while I’m pregnant? You can access healthcare and support from a midwife or doctor from early in your pregnancy up until four to six weeks after your baby is born – this…

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