Texas Prosecutor Drops Murder Charge Against Woman for ‘Self-Induced Abortion’

A district attorney in Texas announced on April 10  that he will drop the murder charge against a woman who was arrested for allegedly causing “the death of an individual by self-induced abortion.”

Starr County District Attorney Gocha Allen Ramirez said in a statement that he will file a motion to dismiss the indictment against Lizelle Herrera, 26, on April 11.

“In reviewing applicable Texas law, it is clear that Ms. Herrera cannot and should not be prosecuted for the allegation against her,” Ramirez said.

“It is my hope that with the dismissal of this case it is made clear that Ms. Herrera did not commit a criminal act under the laws of the State of Texas,” Ramirez said.

Police arrested Herrera on April 7, charged with murder, and held on a $500,000 bond in the Starr County Jail in Rio Grande City through April 9 after authorities in an earlier statement said she “caused the death of an individual by self-induced abortion.”

It is unclear if Herrera was accused of having an abortion herself of if she assisted someone else in obtaining one.

Ramirez stopped short of blaming the police for making the arrest in the first place, saying that they “did their duty in investigating the incident brought to their attention by the reporting hospital.”

“To ignore the incident would have been a dereliction of their duty,” Ramirez said.

Last year, Texas passed Senate Bill (SB) 8, which bans abortions in Texas for people who are as early as six weeks pregnant.

SB8 is a civil provision and it exempts the individual receiving the abortion.

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