Texas Woman Charged with Murder After Abortion Has been Dropped

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Lizelle Herrera, who was accused of murder following a Texas 2021 abortion ban, was arrested and charged with murder. “self-induced abortion,” and taken into custody, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Maj. Carlos Delgado.

Herrera, 26 years old, was detained in Starr County Jail until she was released on a $500,000 bail. The charges were eventually dropped. According to a statement by District Attorney Gocha Allen RAMirez.

Lynn Paltrow, executive director at National Advocates for Pregnant Women, noted the exemption in state law. According to the Associated Press.

“What’s a little mysterious in this case is, what crime has this woman been charged with?”Paltrow stated this to the outlet. 

“There is no statute in Texas that, even on its face, authorizes the arrest of a woman for a self-managed abortion.”

Ramirez’s statement included that “Ms. Herrera did not commit a criminal act under the laws of the State of Texas”And so it was. “the events leading up to this indictment have taken a toll on Ms. Herrera and her family.”

The statement states that “Prosecutorial discretion rests with the District Attorney’s office, and in the State of Texas a prosecutor’s oath is to do justice,” 

“Following that oath, the only correct outcome to this matter is to immediately dismiss the indictment against Ms. Herrera.”

According to the AP the situation is still being investigated.