Texas Woman, 26, Charged With Murder After Alleged 'Self-Induced Abortion'
The extreme move comes after Texas passed a draconian anti-abortion law last year that has forced thousands of women to seek care out of state.
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Arrested for an alleged abortion
"Lizelle Herrera was arrested Thursday and held two nights in jail after officials said she “intentionally and knowingly cause[d] the death of an individual by self-induced abortion,” according to a spokesperson for the Starr County Sheriff’s Office." - HuffPost
Charged with murder
"Sheriff’s major Carlos Delgado told The Guardian: “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. A Sheriff’s Department spokesman told the news outlet that Herrera was arrested on accusations that she did “intentionally and knowingly cause the death of an individual by self-induced abortion.” She was initially held on $500,000 bail.” - Heavy
Rockie Gonzalez, founder and board chair of Frontera, called the arrest “inhumane.”
“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,” said Gonzalez. The arrest represented a further chilling crackdown on women in Texas and a disturbing challenge to the inviolability of an individual’s own body. - HuffPost.
"Ramirez said the Starr County Sheriff's Department "did their duty in investigating the incident brought to their attention by the reporting hospital” - Texas Public Radio
Republican attack on women's rights
Denying women their rights. "Since 2010, when Republicans gained control of 11 statehouses, the number of restrictions has spiked, and this year, anti-choice legislators have quickened the pace; 250 restrictions have been introduced in 41 states in 2019 alone. Those restrictions did what they were intended to do: Over a third of American women now live in counties without an abortion provider.
Six week ban. With the addition of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, anti-choice activists have pounced. In the first three months of 2019, 28 states introduced some form of abortion ban. Arkansas and Utah now prohibit abortions past 18 weeks. Ohio, Kentucky, Mississippi, and now Georgia have passed six-week bans, outlawing the procedure just two weeks after a woman typically finds out she’s pregnant. And states aren’t stopping there.
Criminalizing abortion. Texas and Alabama are attempting to criminalize abortion outright. The Texas legislature this year considered a measure that would make abortion punishable by the death penalty, and in Alabama a proposal introduced this year would make providing an abortion at any stage in pregnancy a felony." - The Nation
TakeAway: Fight for your right to vote. It's the only way to retain control over your own body and hold elected officials accountable. And drain the swamp of dark money corrupting politics.
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