Texas woman arrested for murder after 'self-induced abortion': police

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

Lizelle Herrera, 26, has been detained following the “self-induced abortion,” which resulted in the death of her unborn child, KVEO-TV in Brownsville, Texas, reported.

Herrera “intentionally and knowingly cause the death of an individual by self-induced abortion,” a sheriff’s office spokesperson told the outlet. 

It was not immediately known how far along into the pregnancy Herrera was at the time of the procedure.

Lizelle Herrera, 26, was arrested for murder by the Starr County Sheriff’s Office after performing a "self-induced abortion." (Starr County Sheriff’s Office)
(Starr County Sheriff’s Office)

The woman is being held on a $500,000 bond while her case remains under investigation, according to authorities., KVEO reported. 

Pro-life demonstrators 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 prevents most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, following a law enacted on September 1, 2021. The law was subject to immediate criticism from pro-choice groups but no legal challenges to overturn or suspend the law have been successful. These challenges include rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court in December 2021 and the Texas Supreme Court in March 2022.

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

The law provides private citizens the ability to sue individuals who “aid or abet” a prohibited abortion but does not penalize the person receiving the abortion. It is not immediately clear if this law could be applied in Herrera’s case. 

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