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EVATAR is a book-size lab system that can replicate a woman's reproductive cycle. Each compartment contains living tissue from a different part of the reproductive tract. The blue fluid pumps through each compartment, chemically connecting the various tissues. Courtesy of Northwestern University hide caption

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Device Mimicking Female Reproductive Cycle Could Aid Research

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Kathleen helps her son Gideon get his glasses on. Part of Gideon's brain was damaged during development, which effects his vision. Caitlin O'Hara for NPR hide caption

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For Gideon, Infection With a Common Virus Caused Rare Birth Defects

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Women worry that bad things will happen if they exercise while pregnant, but doctors say in almost all cases it's not just safe, but can improve health. Alija/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., explains the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act during his weekly press conference at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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A gestational surrogate is a woman who carries a fetus but is not genetically related to it, in order to help other people become parents. Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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Even if you don't get an annual pelvic exam, every woman age 21 to 65 who has a cervix should get a Pap smear every three to five years, federal health officials advise. Tetra Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Are Routine Pelvic Exams A Must? Evidence Is Lacking, Task Force Says

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Depression Strikes Today's Teen Girls Especially Hard

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Anne Logan Bass, a clinician at Planned Parenthood in Roanoke, Va., fears that misinformation and inaccurate information will make it harder for the nonprofit organization to do its job providing women's health services, including abortions. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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At A Virginia Planned Parenthood Clinic, Practitioners Worry For Their Patients

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House Speaker Paul Ryan and Vice President-elect Mike Pence plan to include defunding of Planned Parenthood in a budget reconciliation bill intended to also defund the Affordable Care Act. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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