Watch: Climbing mountains to provide safe abortions in Nepal


Every morning, Pragati Soti Khanal packs her huge gray and blue backpack, ready to trek the famous mountains of Nepal.

But it does not carry crampons or climbing ropes. Instead, go scales, vast bottles of hand sanitizer, assorted medical instruments and a plastic box full of packets of pills.

The pills are medical abortion drugs, which allow women to have safe pregnancy terminations during the first trimester of pregnancy. And women’s rights advocates say they represent a potential global revolution in safe abortion care.

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For Ms. Khanal – a midwife who advises on family planning in Nepal’s mountainous Tanahun district – they are essential. “It’s a woman’s right,” she says simply.

Watch our dispatch above.



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