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26-Yr-Old Woman Was Arrested And Charged With Murder For "Self-Induced Abortion" In Texas
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26-Yr-Old Woman Was Arrested And Charged With Murder For "Self-Induced Abortion" In Texas

Lizelle Herrera was arrested after authorities said she "intentionally" caused "the death of an individual by self-induced abortion" in January.

Cover Image Source: Starr County Sheriff's Office
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A murder charge against a 26-year-old Texas woman accused of committing "self-induced illegal abortion" has been dropped. Lizelle Herrera was arrested and taken into custody by the Starr County Sheriff's Department on Thursday after authorities said she "intentionally and knowingly" caused "the death of an individual by self-induced abortion" in January. However, according to Sky News, it was never made clear what exactly Herrera allegedly did—whether she was accused of giving herself an abortion or assisting in someone else's self-induced abortion. She remained jailed in Rio Grande City until Saturday when she was released on a $500,000 bond.

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Sheriff’s Maj. Carlos Delgado said in a statement that "Herrera was arrested and served with an indictment on the charge of Murder after Herrera did then and there intentionally and knowingly cause the death of an individual by self-induced abortion." However, he did not say under what law the woman has been charged. Speaking to The Associated Press, University of Texas law professor Stephen Vladeck pointed out that Texas law exempts Herrera from a criminal homicide charge for aborting her own pregnancy. "(Homicide) doesn't apply to the murder of an unborn child if the conduct charged is 'conduct committed by the mother of the unborn child,'" Vladeck said.