An interauterine device provides long-term birth control. iStockphoto hide caption

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Pope Francis holds a Virgin Mary statue as he arrives at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila, Philippines, on Friday. The pontiff has issued a strong statement supporting the church's teachings on artificial contraception. Alessandra Tarantino/AP hide caption

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Better than Egyptian cotton: This electrically spun fabric contains anti-HIV drugs and dissolves rapidly when it gets wet. Courtesy of University of Washington hide caption

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At the center of the debate: prescription contraceptives. Tim Matsui/Getty Images hide caption

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Protesters picket in front of the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building in New York City in 2006 for the removal of an age limit on the morning-after pill. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Plan B One-Step might be the only emergency contraceptive available to all ages without a prescription. ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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A small, plastic vaginal ring loaded up with an HIV drug protects monkeys from infection with simian immunodeficiency virus. Julie Sitney/Courtesy of the Population Council hide caption

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At the International AIDS conference, a female condom fashion show raised awareness about the rising need for more female condoms. Olwin Manyanye of Zimbabwe shows off one of the dresses decorated with a second-generation female condom, called "FC2." Benjamin Morris/NPR hide caption

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