A Texas woman was arrested and charged with murder on Thursday after she performed a “self-induced abortion.”
A Starr County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson told KVEO that Lizelle Herrera, 26, was arrested after they learned she “intentionally and knowingly cause the death of an individual by self-induced abortion.”
Herrera remains in the custody of the Starr County Sheriff’s Office. She is being held on a $500,000 bond, and the case is still being investigated.
No further details on the case were immediately available. It is also not clear how far along into the pregnancy Herrera was at the time of the procedure.
La Frontera Fund, an abortion assistance fund based in the Rio Grande Valley, was planning a protest for Saturday morning outside the Starr County Jail in Rio Grande City, Texas Public Radio reported.
“This arrest is inhumane. We are demanding the immediate release of Lizelle Herrera.’ said Rockie Gonzalez, founder and board chair of Frontera Fund. “What is alleged is that she was in the hospital and had a miscarriage and divulged some information to hospital staff, who then reported her to the police.”
This comes after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) passed one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country that bans most abortions as soon as any cardiac activity can be detected, usually around six weeks of pregnancy. Most women don’t know they’re pregnant at that point.
The law also allows anyone, even someone outside Texas, to sue abortion providers or others who help people get abortions after 6 weeks for at least $10,000 per defendant. Physicians could also face jail time for providing medications for abortions after 6 weeks.
This post has been updated.