The district attorney’s office in a Texas border county said Sunday it intended to dismiss the case against Lizelle Herrera, a 26-year-old who was arrested on murder charges after what authorities said was a “self-induced abortion."
Choose your plan ArrowRight The case had confounded activists on both sides of the abortion debate because, although Texas has taken measures to restrict access to abortion, it was not clear which legal statute Herrera was alleged to have violated.
Texas law also explicitly exempts a woman from a criminal homicide charge for aborting her pregnancy.
“In reviewing applicable Texas law, it is clear that Ms. Herrera cannot and should not be prosecuted for the allegation against her,” District Attorney Gocha Allen Ramirez wrote.
The case was brought to the attention of the sheriff’s office by a hospital, according to Ramirez’s statement.
Oklahoma lawmakers pass bill to make performing an abortion illegal, punishable by up to 10 years.
Additionally, that law does not allow lawsuits to be filed against the person who had an abortion, only those who helped facilitate it. »