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Lizelle Herrera: Texas woman charged with abortion murder

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Lizelle Herrera

Lizelle Herrera is a 26-year-old Texas woman now charged with murder for a “self-induced abortion.”

The case is sure to spark new controversy over Texas abortion laws. Herrera was arrested by the Starr County Sheriff’s Department in McAllen, Texas.

The Guardian noted that it’s not clear if Herrera “was accused of having the abortion or if she helped someone else have an abortion.”

However, Texas Public Radio quoted the leader of an “abortion fund” activist group as saying that Herrera got on the radar of law enforcement officials when she revealed information about a hospital miscarriage.

Authorities have not confirmed this account; They have published almost no details. The hashtag #freelizelle was popular on Twitter.

Here’s what you need to know:


Herrera was reportedly charged with murder for a “self-induced abortion.”

Starr deputy sheriffSheriff Fuentes

Court documents posted on Facebook by the El Tejano page say a Texas grand jury found that Herrera “here and there intentionally and knowingly caused the death of a single JAH by a self-induced abortion,” the date is January 7th. 2022. According to Telemundo, she was arrested on April 7, 2022.

Heavy wrote to Starr County Sheriff Rene “Orta” Fuentes asking for comment. The department recommends that people interested in seeing who is in prison check the VINE Link database. Herrera does not appear in it. Heavy reached out to Herrera through a social media page and phone numbers in online records.

According to Valley Central, Herrera “was charged with murder after authorities said she performed a ‘self-induced abortion’.”

A spokesman for the sheriff’s department told the news agency that Herrera was arrested on charges that she “willfully and knowingly caused the death of a person by self-induced abortion.” She was initially held on $500,000 bail.

Sheriff Major Carlos Delgado told The Guardian: “Herrera was arrested and faced with a charge of murder after Herrera willfully and knowingly caused the death of a person by self-induced abortion at the time and there.”

The authorities have not released any further details.

An abortion fund claims Herrera leaked information to hospital officials after suffering a miscarriage

Frontera Fund wrote on Twitter, “STARR COUNTY JAIL BLOCKED YOUR NUMBER! Thank you for using your voice in Lizelle’s wrongful arrest. We must also ask Starr Co. Attorney G. Allen Ramirez to drop the alleged murder charges. Call the Starr County Attorney’s Office immediately.” This site calls itself “an abortion fund for the Rio Grande Valley.”

According to Texas Public Radio, the group protested outside the Starr County Jail on April 9, 2022.

“This arrest is inhuman. We call for the immediate release of Lizelle Herrera,” Rockie Gonzalez, founder and CEO of the Frontera Fund, told TPR. “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.”

According to ABC News, Texas has the most restrictive abortion laws in the United States. According to the Texas Tribune, there have been numerous legal challenges to the constitutionality of the laws. That publication calls the controversial law a “near-total” abortion ban, which “prohibits abortions approximately six weeks after the patient’s last menstrual period.” The newspaper reported that the law will be enforced through civil litigation.

MyRGV.com first reported the story.


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