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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Planned Parenthood Patients Take Texas Back to Court

by Alexa Garcia-Ditta | Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 14:50 CST
Patients say they'll 'lose their provider of choice,' a violation of federal law, if Texas boots Planned Parenthood from Medicaid.
Activists chant and yell in the Capitol rotunda as the House debates new abortion restrictions.

Report: In Texas, Hundreds of Thousands Have Attempted to Self-Induce Abortions

Between 100,000 and 240,000 Texans have attempted to terminate their pregnancies without medical assistance, according to new research released Tuesday. Based on interviews and a statewide survey, the unprecedented study by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) estimates that between 1.7 and 4.1 percent of Texas women between the ages of 18 and 49 have attempted to end their own pregnancies outside of a clinical setting Read More

Kay Wadsworth, Judy Guinn and Carole Parker run Brownwood’s Midway Family Planning clinic
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Brownwood Clinic Bounces Back After Family Planning Cuts

For almost 20 years, the clinic has provided contraception, STD testing and Pap smears from a building in Brownwood’s public housing projects, an unusual setting that puts the services amid some of the town’s poorest residents. But Midway almost shut down in late 2012 after the Texas Legislature made deep cuts to the state family planning program. The clinic limped along on a volunteer basis for months until funding through the federal family planning program, Title X, kicked in in mid-2013. Read More

State of Texas graphic on impact of HB 2
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Texas Abortion Clinics: Safe, Legal and Increasingly Rare

For more than a year, a coalition of independent abortion providers has been challenging the constitutionality of House Bill 2, Texas' omnibus abortion law passed in 2013. The state has maintained that HB 2's restrictions would make legal abortion safer, despite the opposition of mainstream medical organizations, which have said the law would "harm women's health in very clear ways." As the case continues to wind its way through the courts and appears likely to go to the U.S. Supreme Court, Texans are already feeling the law's impact. Read More

A handwritten letter from "E.," a woman on hunger strike inside the T. Don Hutto detention facility.

Hutto Hunger Strike Reportedly Growing Despite ICE Denials

One striker's daughter says staff retaliated against her mom by transferring her to solitary confinement in an all-male facility.

Cristina Parker, Grassroots Leadership’s immigration programs coordinator, said women have vowed to strike indefinitely, and some have taken to drinking sugar water to sustain themselves. Read More

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Reckoning With Rosie

Thirty-eight years ago, a young woman in McAllen died of an illegal abortion. Today her story is more relevant than ever.

On a June afternoon in McAllen in 1978, Diana Rivera, posing as a young pregnant woman, walked into the home of a local midwife. At Rivera’s side was a female friend, who was wearing a small, concealed microphone. Outside, two … Read More

The waiting room of Planned Parenthood in Waco. Since losing funding through the Women’s Health Program, this Planned Parenthood location relies on private donations and grants to help alleviate the cost for low-income clients.
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Texas Tackles Reweaving a Tangled Repro Health Safety Net Without Planned Parenthood

As Texas consolidates its multi-pronged family planning programs, doctors air their concerns about meeting patients' needs with limited resources.

At Wednesday’s Women’s Health Advisory Committee meeting — the second convening of the nine-member committee assembled to help bureaucrats navigate the consolidation of Texas’ reproductive health safety net — state health officials laid out which services will be covered through the … Read More

Reproductive rights supporters wear hospital gowns and carry signs reading "I support Jane."
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Court Committee Puzzled by New Abortion Restrictions

The Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee, made up of 46 lawyers and judges, is charged with proposing rules for the court to consider as it implements HB 3994, which supporters argued closes “loopholes” in parental consent law needed to prevent minors from getting abortions by evading their parents’ wishes. Read More