Pregnancy : The Legal Aspects of Various Options

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A pregnancy can be something planned for several years, or can come as a real surprise. Each woman's case is different.

This article discusses the legal dimensions of three options open to a pregnant woman, depending on whether or not she wants to continue her pregnancy.


Continue the Pregnancy and Keep the Child

When a woman decides to continue the pregnancy and keep the child, she might have questions about legal issues that can come up.  

To learn more about the rights and obligations of parents, see our Families and Couples section.


Continue the Pregnancy and Give the Child Up for Adoption

A woman may have reasons to continue the pregnancy and give the child up for adoption. For more information on the adoption process and its legal consequences, see our article on adopting a child in Quebec.


End the Pregnancy

A pregnant woman can decide to end her pregnancy by having an abortion. Legally, she has control over her body and can therefore choose to have an abortion if this is what she wants.

To learn more about abortion in Quebec, its legality, the decision process, where they are performed and the fact that the procedure is free, see Éducaloi's articles on abortion, including "Abortion Decisions".

Important !
This article explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice. To find out the specific rules for your situation, consult a lawyer or notary.