Alexa Garcia-Ditta

Alexa Garcia-Ditta
Alexa Garcia-Ditta is an Observer reporter (and former intern) covering women's health, reproductive health and health care access across the Lone Star State. Before joining the Observer, she was a staff news writer at the San Antonio Current. She holds an MA in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and BA in journalism and Spanish from UT-Arlington, where she worked for three years on her college newspaper. After graduate school, she dipped her toe in public policy communications at the Center for Public Policy Priorities. When she's not at work, she's probably training for her next marathon. You can contact her at [email protected]
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    Fact-Finding Hearing Turns into Hours of Planned Parenthood Bashing

    On Wednesday, a panel of Texas senators spent almost five hours denouncing abortion, grilling state health officials on an issue they don’t have authority over, and discussing fetal tissue donation practices at Planned Parenthood, although Texas affiliates have repeatedly said they don’t currently participate in such a program. Full Story

  • Pro-choice activists march down Congress Avenue.

    What Repealing the Hyde Amendment Would Mean for Texas

    The EACH Woman Act would have a huge impact for poor women in Texas, who tend to also be women of color, supporters of the resolution say. More than 1 million Texans are currently enrolled in Medicaid, and according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 57 percent of them are women, many of whom struggle to provide for their families. Full Story

  • A woman holds up a plastic baby as pro-choice demonstrators chant in the Capitol rotunda.

    Former Abortion Clinic Becomes Public Education Nonprofit

    After the Whole Women’s Health abortion clinic in Austin was shut down last year due to Texas’ House Bill 2, the organization’s president, Amy Hagstrom Miller, has launched a nonprofit in its place to help educate and facilitate more informed conversations about abortion. Full Story

  • Activists chant and yell in the Capitol rotunda as the House debates new abortion restrictions.

    Supreme Court Blocks Texas Abortion Law For Now

    The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily blocked two major components of Texas’ omnibus abortion law that would have forced all but nine abortion clinics in the state to close. Full Story

  • Planned Parenthood in Waco.

    Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Family Planning Programs Face Cuts

    In the latest politically motivated attack on Planned Parenthood, Texas is poised to lose millions in funding for teen pregnancy prevention, family planning services and STI screenings, but this time the threat is coming from Congress. Full Story

  • IMG_3517

    Fact-Finding Hearing Turns into Hours of Planned Parenthood Bashing

    On Wednesday, a panel of Texas senators spent almost five hours denouncing abortion, grilling state health officials on an issue they don’t have authority over, and discussing fetal tissue donation practices at Planned Parenthood, although Texas affiliates have repeatedly said they don’t currently participate in such a program. Full Story

  • Pro-choice activists march down Congress Avenue.

    What Repealing the Hyde Amendment Would Mean for Texas

    The EACH Woman Act would have a huge impact for poor women in Texas, who tend to also be women of color, supporters of the resolution say. More than 1 million Texans are currently enrolled in Medicaid, and according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 57 percent of them are women, many of whom struggle to provide for their families. Full Story

  • Activists chant and yell in the Capitol rotunda as the House debates new abortion restrictions.

    Supreme Court Blocks Texas Abortion Law For Now

    The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily blocked two major components of Texas’ omnibus abortion law that would have forced all but nine abortion clinics in the state to close. Full Story

  • Planned Parenthood in Waco.

    Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Family Planning Programs Face Cuts

    In the latest politically motivated attack on Planned Parenthood, Texas is poised to lose millions in funding for teen pregnancy prevention, family planning services and STI screenings, but this time the threat is coming from Congress. Full Story

  • Rep. Sarah Davis (R-Houston), the only Republican to vote against the omnibus abortion restrictions last special session, defends her amendment on House Bill 2, excepting rape and incest from the 20-week abortion ban.

    UPDATED: Federal Judges Disregard Impact of Abortion Law on Poor Women

    In an opinion largely upholding Texas' strict 2013 abortion law, a three-judge panel has upheld provisions expected to lead to the closure of all but eight abortion clinics in Texas, forcing some women to travel hundreds of miles to the nearest facility. Full Story