How legal abortion came to New Zealand

So called "backstreet" abortions were available, particularly during the Depression era in the 1930s. Another alternative were "backdoor" abortions by doctors prepared to provide discreet services in their surgeries.

But in general, single girls and young women who found themselves pregnant were directed to a support network of farms, households, or church-run institutions, until their babies were born and given up for adoption.