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Texas woman, 26, charged with murder over alleged self-induced abortion

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It was a 26-year-old woman from South Texas, Lizelle Herrera arrested and charged with murder on Thursday for allegedly self-administering her own abortion. Herrera is from Starr County in the Rio Grande Valley, on the border with Mexico.

The Starr County Sheriff’s Office told Jezebel that Herrera allegedly “deliberately and knowingly had a reason.”[d] the death of an individual by self-induced abortion.” The sheriff’s office arrested Herrera and served her a murder charge, and she is being held on $500,000 bail, they said.

“This arrest is inhuman. We demand the immediate release of Lizelle Herrera.” said Rockie Gonzalez, Founder and CEO of the Frontera Fund, which funds abortions and provides practical support to people in need in the Rio Grande Valley. “What is being claimed is that she was in the hospital and had a miscarriage and gave some information to the hospital staff who then reported her to the police.”

Telemundo reported that the Starr County District Attorney’s office referred the case to a grand jury, which decided to indict Herrera. The sheriff’s office said the district attorney plans to release more information on the case Monday. Jezebel has contacted the district attorney’s office and has not yet received a response.

While Texas has one six-week abortion ban In fact, it’s unclear under what law Herrera will be charged, as is the case with this infamous measure only enforced through civil lawsuitsand pregnant persons cannot be sued under the law.

“We don’t yet know all the details surrounding this tragic event, what we do know is that the criminalization of pregnant people’s choices or pregnancy outcomes that the state of Texas has implemented is taking people’s autonomy over their own bodies and taking them with them.” themselves leaves no safe options if they decide not to become a parent,” Frontera Fund’s Gonzalez said in a statement. “We stand in solidarity with you, Lizelle, if you are reading this, and we will not step down until you are free.”

Frontera Fund and South Texas for Reproductive Justice held a protest outside the Starr County Jail on Saturday morning to call for Herrera’s release.

The National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) rights group wrote on Twitter: “This arrest proves the true intent of those fighting to be overthrown roe: Surveillance, control and criminalization of pregnant women. It is a tragedy and just the tip of the iceberg.” NAPW added: “Years ago, we successfully resisted arrests of pregnant women under the state feticide law. No case in Texas has ever allowed the state’s homicide law to be used to treat abortion or miscarriage. That is unconstitutional.”

Herrera wouldn’t be the first person to be arrested for her pregnancy results, or specifically for self-administering an abortion, and she won’t be the last. A Indiana woman was charged with murder 2011 after she attempted suicide and her fetus later died. A other indiana woman was charged 2014 with feticides after ordering abortion pills online. A woman from Tennessee was arrested for attempted murder in 2015 after attempting to terminate her pregnancy with a clothes hanger. And just last year, a Oklahoma woman was sentenced to four years in prison after suffering a miscarriage in the second trimester.

These are high profile cases from a while Roe v. calf was technically the law of the country — even though abortion has been inaccessible to those on low incomes for decades — and there will almost certainly be more after the Supreme Court Guts or completely upset roe till the end of June.

This is an evolving story and will be updated.

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Andrew Schnitker

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