British Columbia's Access to Abortion Services Act: A Document Analysis

  • Nathaniel Elmer Roxas University of British Columbia Faculty of Applied Sciences, School of Nursing


Nurses are often exposed to a multitude of complex and controversial situations that are influenced by contextual factors, such as a healthcare organization's values or laws created by policy makers. Although these values and laws provide direction into how a nurse should and should not act, there is often no mention of the personal beliefs and biases of the authors who created these values or laws. Consequently, nurses' actions may be unknowingly influenced by the creation of an Act (or bylaw). This document analysis will explore the Access to Abortion Services Act of BC in order to explore contextual factors that have influenced its creation and how it may affect nursing practice and the implications for women who need to access such services. A Human Rights theoretical perspective will be utilized to situate the analysis of the act to discuss the equal access to treatment for healthcare consumers and providers in relation to availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality. Values, inherent power imbalances and how the act addresses the social determinants of health will be discussed. The values and power imbalances present in the act will also be linked to potential effects on health, healthcare and nursing practice.