A 26-year-old woman has been released from a Texas jail after being arrested for a “self-induced abortion” last week, according to the local sheriff’s office.
The “exact details of what happened to Lizelle Herrera last week” are “unclear,” she said The guard, but “it appears that the hospital she attended reported her to the authorities”. Her arrest “came as Texas became the focal point of a new wave of restrictive abortion laws” across US states. Sky news reported.
“Abortion rights organizations were quickly mobilized,” the Washington Post said. “About 20 people,” led by the abortion relief group La Frontera Fund, gathered Saturday to demonstrate outside the county jail in Rio Grande City. Reuters reported.
State legislators introduced a controversial law last year That banned women from having an abortion after a fetal heartbeat was detected — “usually about six weeks, well before most women know they’re pregnant,” he said Daily Mail. There are no exceptions for rape or incest, the newspaper said.
The legislation “has sparked widespread outrage and created hundreds of so-called abortion refugees, leaving many women with no choice but to travel abroad to terminate a pregnancy,” Sky News said. It has also “inspired copycat bills in other states,” the Mail added.
Starr County District Attorney (DA) Gocha Allen Ramirez dropped the criminal charges against Herrera on Sunday. Ramirez told Sky News that the sheriff’s department “did their duty to investigate the incident that was brought to their attention by the reporting hospital,” but “the only correct finding on this matter is that the charges against Ms. Herrera immediately.” to reject”.
The prosecution’s position – that Herrera “did not commit any criminal activity” under the state’s laws – “correlates with the view of legal experts and suffragettes, who say Herrera’s arrest should never have taken place,” The Guardian said.
“The case had confused activists on both sides of the abortion debate” The Washington Post called. “It was not clear what law Herrera allegedly broke,” and Texas law does not allow women to be charged with criminal homicide for having had an abortion.
“The confusion over Herrera’s wrongful arrest is an indication of rising tensions,” The Guardian said.
The case comes as “Republican-led states across the country are passing a spate of anti-abortion legislation ahead of a Supreme Court decision this summer that could be overturned or significantly weakened.” Roe v. calfthe case that has protected the constitutional right to abortion for nearly 50 years,” reported the Washington Post.
The Guardian added: “All indications are that” the Supreme Court “is likely to limit abortion rights, at least to some extent”.
https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/science-health/956398/lizelle-herrera-arrest-highlights-rising-tensions-over-texas-abortion Lizelle Herrera’s arrest underscores rising tensions over Texas’ abortion laws