A 26-year-old Texas girl has been arrested and charged with homicide after authorities mentioned she had a “self-induced abortion.”
Lizelle Herrera was arrested Thursday when officers mentioned she “intentionally and knowingly cause[d] the death of an individual by self-induced abortion,” based on a spokesperson for the Starr County Sheriff’s Office.
No particulars in regards to the “abortion” or fetus have been supplied.
Herrera was nonetheless in custody Friday. Her bail was set at $500,000, according to Valley Central, which was the primary to report the arrest.
La Frontera Fund, an abortion help fund based mostly within the Rio Grande Valley, was planning a protest for Saturday morning exterior the Starr County Jail in Rio Grande City, Texas Public Radio reported.
“This arrest is inhumane. We are demanding the immediate release of Lizelle Herrera,” Rockie Gonzalez, founder and board chair of Frontera, advised the information outlet.
The group was nonetheless searching for extra particulars in regards to the “tragic event,” mentioned Gonzalez.
“What we do know is that criminalizing pregnant people’s choices or pregnancy outcomes, which the state of Texas has done, takes away people’s autonomy over their own bodies, and leaves them with no safe options when they choose not to become a parent,” Gonzalez defined.
The arrest represented an extra chilling crackdown on girls in Texas and a disturbing problem to the inviolability of a person’s personal physique.
It follows final year’s passage of the harshest reproductive rights regulation within the nation, which permits abortions for only some weeks after being pregnant, earlier than the detection of an embryo’s so-called “heartbeat” — really a cluster of cells that emit electrical alerts. That’s earlier than most individuals sometimes even know they’re pregnant.
The regulation, which has impressed a number of copycat payments in different states, offers no exceptions for pregnancies brought on by rape or incest. It permits non-public residents to sue anybody who performs an abortion or “aids and abets” a process. That includes the families or friends of rapists who impregnate a lady towards her will.
The regulation has pressured 1000’s of girls to journey out of Texas to acquire abortions — if they will afford to take action.
A examine final month on the University of Texas at Austin’s Policy Evaluation Project discovered that from final September to December, nearly 1,400 Texans each month have been touring to neighboring states for abortions.
Another examine within the Journal of the American Medical Association by a University of Texas researcher discovered a surge in the number of Texans requesting abortion pills from the abroad nonprofit Aid Access.