Thanh Tan Multimedia Reporter/Producer

Thanh Tan is a multimedia reporter/producer for The Texas Tribune. She previously worked at Idaho Public Television, a PBS station that serves a statewide audience. While there, she was an Emmy award-winning producer/reporter/host for the longest-running legislative public affairs program in the West, Idaho Reports, moderator of The Idaho Debates, and a writer/producer for the flagship series Outdoor Idaho. Prior to joining IdahoPTV, she was a general assignment reporter at the ABC affiliate in Portland, OR and a political reporter for KBCI-TV in Boise, ID. Her work has also appeared on the PBS NewsHour and This American Life. She graduated with honors from the University of Southern California with degrees in International Relations and Broadcast Journalism.

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Photo Essay: Women's Health Issues Along the Border

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Here's a visual perspective of reproductive health issues in the Rio Grande Valley, one of the country's poorest areas. This year, the issue of public financing for contraceptives and cancer screenings has often become intertwined with the controversy surrounding abortion.

Checkpoints Deter Illegal Immigrants Seeking Abortions

U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in Falfurrias, Texas, Aug. 14. Illegal women seeking a second trimester abortion at clinics on the other side of the station are wary of trying to cross. A large sign shows drivers how many drugs and undocumented aliens have been seized in the last year.
U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in Falfurrias, Texas, Aug. 14. Illegal women seeking a second trimester abortion at clinics on the other side of the station are wary of trying to cross. A large sign shows drivers how many drugs and undocumented aliens have been seized in the last year.

Women in the Rio Grande Valley who are seeking a second-trimester abortion must travel several hours north to access the procedure. Illegal immigrants face an additional hurdle: getting past internal checkpoints. 

For Now, Planned Parenthood in Women's Health Program

Rebecca Rankin, a family nurse practitioner, is the lead clinician at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Edinburg.  Rankin has worked with Planned Parenthood for 15 years.
Rebecca Rankin, a family nurse practitioner, is the lead clinician at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Edinburg. Rankin has worked with Planned Parenthood for 15 years.

State health officials are working to figure out when they'll exclude Planned Parenthood from the Women's Health Program. Meanwhile, the affiliates plan to continue services. 

Court: Texas Can Ban Planned Parenthood From WHP

Planned Parenthood supporters rally on the south steps of the Texas Capitol on March 8, 2011.
Planned Parenthood supporters rally on the south steps of the Texas Capitol on March 8, 2011.

A federal appeals panel on Tuesday lifted a temporary injunction and ruled that Texas can remove Planned Parenthood from the Women's Health Program before an October hearing in district court. 

State-Run Women's Health Program Faces Questions

Patient Carrie Adner of Austin speaks with Dr. Krissie Yamamoto at the Seton-Circle of Care Women's Services at the Texas A&M Health Science Center.
Patient Carrie Adner of Austin speaks with Dr. Krissie Yamamoto at the Seton-Circle of Care Women's Services at the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

As state officials prepare to take full control of the once federally funded Texas Women’s Health Program on Nov. 1, they’re running into a series of unexpected challenges, from rule changes to questions about funding. 

Looking to Mexico for Alternative to Abortion Clinics

A pharmacy employee in Nuevo Progreso, Tamaulipas, holds a box of Cytotec. The medication is intended to treat ulcers but has been used by women as an abortion pill.
A pharmacy employee in Nuevo Progreso, Tamaulipas, holds a box of Cytotec. The medication is intended to treat ulcers but has been used by women as an abortion pill.

Reproductive health providers in the Rio Grande Valley warn that women are turning to unregulated Mexican pharmacies for misoprostol, an ulcer drug that can also be used to terminate a pregnancy. 

Struggles Continue for Doctors Treating Elderly Poor

Dr. Javier Saenz with a patient, Elena Chavez, 73. Chavez is part of the 50 percent of patients Saenz sees who draw from both Medicare and Medicaid.
Dr. Javier Saenz with a patient, Elena Chavez, 73. Chavez is part of the 50 percent of patients Saenz sees who draw from both Medicare and Medicaid.

Months after Texas physicians treating the state’s poorest seniors made a desperate plea for relief, there has been little movement to reverse a state policy that curbed their reimbursements for patients eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare.  

Video Series: Fertile Ground

From the evolution of state and federally subsidized contraception to the battle over Planned Parenthood to the cost of unplanned pregnancies, this six-part series is the most comprehensive look yet at the politics of reproductive health in Texas.