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Texas woman arrested for murder after ‘voluntary abortion’, police say


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A Texas woman has been arrested for murder after allegedly terminating her own pregnancy, officials said.

Lizelle Herrera, 26, was arrested following a “voluntary abortion”, which resulted in the death of her unborn child, KVEO-TV in Brownsville, Texas reported.

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Herrera “intentionally and knowingly causes the death of an individual by voluntary abortion,” a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office told the outlet.

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It was not immediately clear what stage of pregnancy Herrera was in at the time of the procedure.

Lizelle Herrera, 26, was arrested for murder by the Starr County Sheriff’s Office after performing a “voluntary abortion.” (Starr County Sheriff’s Office)
(Starr County Sheriff’s Office)

The woman is being held on $500,000 bail while her case is still under investigation, authorities say, KVEO reported.

Texas woman arrested for murder after ‘voluntary abortion’, police say

Pro-life protesters march during the ‘Right To Life’ rally on January 15, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)
(Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Texas law bans most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, following a law signed into law Sept. 1, 2021. The law faced immediate criticism from pro-choice groups, but no challenge court to strike down or suspend the law was unsuccessful. These challenges include rulings from the United States Supreme Court in December 2021 and the Texas Supreme Court in March 2022.

Texas woman arrested for murder after ‘voluntary abortion’, police say

Supreme Court police officers erect a barrier between anti-abortion and pro-choice protesters outside the court building, before arguments in the Mississippi abortion rights case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, in Washington, U.S., December 1, 2021. REUTERS/ Jonathan Erst
(REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

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The law gives private citizens the ability to sue people who “aid or abet” a banned abortion, but does not penalize the person who has the abortion. It is not immediately clear whether this law could be applied in Herrera’s case.

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