Texas woman charged with murder for performing “self-induced” abortion

Texas woman charged with murder for performing “self-induced” abortion

Police in south Texas arrested and charged a woman with murder for allegedly performing a “self-induced” abortion.

Lizelle Herrera, 26, remains in custody with bond set at $500,000 at the Starr County Detention Center.

She was arrested and served with an indictment on 7 April for “intentionally and knowingly [causing] the death of an individual by self-induced abortion,” according to the Starr County Sheriff’s Office. Her arrest was first reported by The Monitor News in Texas.

According to a report on Yahoo.com, Rockie Gonzalez, a representative for an abortion care group in the area, told Texas Public Radio, “what is alleged is that she was in the hospital and had a miscarriage and divulged some information to hospital staff, who then reported her to police.”

“This is a developing story and we don’t yet know all the details surrounding this tragic event, what we do know is that criminalizing pregnant people’s choices or pregnancy outcomes, which the state of Texas has done, takes away people’s autonomy over their own bodies, and leaves them with no safe options when they choose not to become a parent,” she went onto say.

Texas has a state law that makes abortion illegal at six weeks of pregnancy. The report said it is “unclear under which statute” Herrera has been charged.

Legal organization National Advocates for Pregnant Women said her “arrest proves the true intent of those who are fighting to overturn Roe: the surveillance, control, and criminalization of pregnant people.”

“It is a tragedy, and just the tip of the iceberg,” the group added. “No case in Texas has ever permitted the use of the state’s murder law to address abortion or pregnancy loss. This is unconstitutional.”

The district attorney is expected to release more information about the case on Monday, Telemundo reported.

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