Jamie Landers / The Dallas Morning News (TNS)
DALLAS — A Texas girl faces a homicide cost after authorities say she carried out a “self-induced abortion.”
Lizelle Herrera, 26, was arrested Thursday in Rio Grande City, close to the Texas-Mexico border. The Starr County Sheriff’s Office instructed KVEO-TV that Herrera was taken into custody after authorities discovered she “intentionally and knowingly caused the death of an individual by self-induced abortion.”
Herrera was being held within the Starr County Jail, with bail set at $500,000, KVEO reported. It was unclear whether or not she has an lawyer.
The arrest comes after Texas’ Senate Bill 8, one of the vital restrictive abortion legal guidelines within the nation, took impact in September. Also often known as the Texas Heartbeat Act, the legislation restricts abortions after six weeks, when medical doctors can detect a heartbeat in an unborn fetus. The legislation doesn’t set prison penalties for such abortions; as a substitute, anybody who aids or abets an abortion after the heartbeat could be detected could be sued for as much as $10,000 plus authorized charges.
The legislation is being challenged within the court docket system. Abortions have fallen dramatically in Texas since September, state information exhibits, however researchers have discovered that extra Texans have sought abortions outdoors the state.
Interest in self-managed abortions additionally has risen in Texas since passage of the invoice. The Food and Drug Administration eliminated some restrictions on abortion capsules in December, together with a requirement that the drugs be picked up in particular person.
La Frontera Fund, a Rio Grande Valley-based abortion help fund, led a protest outdoors the Starr County jail Saturday morning.
“We would like for people to know that … the legislation that Gov. [Greg] Abbott has put forth and tried to push in this state is making it so that innocent people are being harmed,” Rockie Gonzalez, the group’s founder and board chair, instructed Texas Public Radio. “And we want people to know that this type of legislation impacts low-income people-of-color communities the most when state legislators put restrictions on our reproductive rights.”
While the small print surrounding the arrest stay unclear, Gonzalez instructed the radio station her understanding was that Herrera “was in the hospital and had a miscarriage and divulged some information to hospital staff, who then reported her to the police.”
“We will not stop until she’s released and we have justice for Lizelle,” she mentioned.
State Rep. Julie Johnson, a Farmers Branch Democrat, shared information of the arrest on Twitter, encouraging Texans to register to vote in November.
“This should bother a whole lot of you,” she mentioned.
In a response to that put up, Cassandra Garcia Hernandez, a Democrat operating to characterize House District 70 in Collin County, agreed, including that she plans to “fight back in the voting booths.”
“Stories like this make it a terrifying time to be a woman living in the state of Texas. But we are brave — and worse — we are madder than hell,” Garcia Hernandez mentioned.
Saturday morning, Greg Casar, a former Austin City Council member operating for the U.S. House as a Democrat, referred to as the case a “red alert here in Texas.”
“Replace the laws and politicians so this never happens again,” he wrote.