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Abstract

Over the last twenty years, New Zealand courts have extended the State’s child protection powers to the fetus as an “unborn child.” The child care and protection agency, Oranga Tamariki, purports to protect children, but its oversight regulates pregnant women’s choices about how they run their lives and what they do with their bodies. This Note argues for a reconstruction of State intervention in pregnancy to empower pregnant women’s fully autonomous decision making and provide the social conditions and resources to support family life.

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