Lizelle Herrera 26-year
Lizelle Herrera,, A 26-year-old woman faces murder in Texas for self-abortion in the “death of an individual by induced abortion,” in a state with the most restrictive abortion laws in the United States.
The woman, Lizel Herrera, 26, was arrested Friday and detained in Star County, official Major Carlos Delgado said in a statement published by The Associated Press.
Ms Herrera was released on bail Saturday, according to a statement from Frontera Fund, an abortion rights organization.
Her bond is set at $500,000.
It is unclear whether Lizle Herrera is accused of having an abortion or if she helped someone else to have an abortion.
Delgado did not mention what law Herrera was charged with. He said that no further information will be revealed until at least Monday because the case is still under investigation.
University of Texas law professor Stephen Vladeck told The Associated Press that Texas law exempts her from a felony murder charge for miscarrying her pregnancy.
The charge also comes amid expectations that the Supreme Court will soon overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that established a woman’s constitutional right to abortion.
which prohibits states from banning this procedure before the fetus is viable outside the womb, which is currently around 23 weeks gestation.
Another law in Texas prohibits doctors and clinics from prescribing abortion-inducing medications after the seventh week of pregnancy and prohibits mail delivery of pills.
Nancy Cardenas Peña, Texas director of policy and advocacy for the National Latin Institute for Reproductive Justice, said in a statement that abortion should be available on the woman’s terms where she feels most comfortable.
“Allowing the criminal law to be used against persons who have terminated their pregnancies themselves does not serve any reasonable purpose of the state.
But it may cause significant harm to young people, low-income people, and communities of color, who are more likely to encounter or be reported as law enforcement,” Peña said.