Alander Rocha

Alander Rocha

Alander Rocha is a journalist based in Montgomery, and he reports on government, policy and healthcare. He previously worked for KFF Health News and the Red & Black, Georgia's student newspaper. He is a Tulane and Georgia alumnus with a two-year stint in the U.S. Peace Corps.

Alabama Legislature gives final approval to in vitro fertilization bill

By: - March 7, 2024

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill Wednesday night aimed at restarting in vitro fertilization services in the state, minutes after the Alabama Legislature gave final approval to the legislation. SB 159, sponsored by Sen. Tim Melson, R-Florence, which provides criminal and civil immunity to providers and patients of IVF services, passed the House 81-12. […]

University of Alabama Birmingham pauses IVF treatments after court ruling

By: - February 21, 2024

A major hospital in Birmingham said Wednesday it was halting in vitro fertilization treatments after an Alabama Supreme Court ruling declaring that frozen embryos are children. The University of Alabama at Birmingham Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, part of the largest health system in the state, said Wednesday it paused its IVF program following […]

Federal court blocks Alabama’s congressional map, orders new lines drawn

By: and - September 5, 2023

A three-judge federal panel ruled Tuesday that a new Alabama congressional map failed to address Voting Rights Act violations and ordered a third party to draw new lines. In a 217-page opinion in the case, known as Allen v. Milligan, U.S. Circuit Judge Stanley Marcus and U.S. District Judges Anna Manasco and Terry Moorer sharply […]