Texas woman, 26, charged with murder after alleged ‘voluntary abortion’

A 26-year-old Texas woman has been arrested and charged with murder after authorities say she had a “voluntary abortion”.

Lizelle Herrera was arrested on Thursday when officials said she was “intentionally and knowingly causing[d] death of an individual by voluntary abortion,” according to a spokesperson for the Starr County Sheriff’s Office.

No details about the “abortion” or the fetus were provided.

Herrera was still in custody Friday. His bail was set at $500,000, according to Valley Central, which was first to report the arrest.

The Frontera Fund, an abortion relief fund based in the Rio Grande Valley, was planning a protest Saturday morning outside the Starr County Jail in Rio Grande City, Texas Public Radio reported.

“This arrest is inhuman. We demand the immediate release of Lizelle Herrera,” Rockie Gonzalez, founder and chair of the board of Frontera, told the outlet.

The organization was still seeking more details about the “tragic event”, Gonzalez said.

“What we do know is that criminalizing pregnant women’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 options. safe when they choose not to parent,” Gonzalez explained.

The arrest represented a chilling new crackdown on women in Texas and an ominous challenge to the sanctity of an individual’s own body.

This follows the passage last year of the nation’s toughest reproductive rights law, which allows abortions for only a few weeks after pregnancy, before the so-called ‘heartbeat’ of a child is detected. an embryo – actually a group of cells that emit electrical signals. This is before most people even know they are pregnant.

The law, which has inspired several copycat bills in other states, makes no exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. It allows private citizens to sue anyone who performs an abortion or “aids and abets” a procedure. This includes families or friends of rapists who impregnate a woman against her will.

The law has forced thousands of women to travel outside of Texas to get abortions — if they can afford it.

A study last month at the University of Texas as part of the Austin Policy Assessment Project found that from September to December last year, nearly 1,400 Texans traveled to neighboring states each month to get abort.

Another study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association by a University of Texas researcher found an increase in the number of Texans requesting abortion pills from foreign aid nonprofit Aid Access.


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