STARR COUNTY (KVEO), Texas – Texas authorities have charged a woman with murder following a self-induced abortion.
Starr County Sheriff’s Office arrested Lizelle Herrera (26), on Thursday and charged her with murder. Starr County is near the border with Mexico and the southern tip of Texas.
A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said Herrera was arrested after she was discovered to have “intentionally and deliberately caused the death of an individual through self-induced abortion.”
Herrera is still in Starr County Sheriff’s Office custody on a 500,000 bond. These charges are being brought against Herrera as many other states attempt to follow Texas’ lead. Greg Abbott approved the heartbeat law, which bans abortions after six weeks. It became effective in September 2021.
A March study showed that nearly 1,400 Texans per month went to neighboring states to have abortions. The University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Policy Evaluation Project gathered data from 34 of 44 clinics across Arkansas, Colorado, and Kansas. It also included information from New Mexico, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico,
It was found that 5,600 Texans visited clinics in neighboring states in those three months, compared with just over 500 in the same time period in 2019.
A University of Texas researcher conducted another study that found an increase in the number of Texans seeking abortion pills from Aid Access, an overseas non-profit organization. The study was published in JAMA Network Open. It found that the number of requests per day rose to about 138 during the first week. This is compared to an average of 11. The average request per day increased to 37 over the following weeks of September. Through December, the average number of requests was only 30 per day. Researchers didn’t know whether all requests would result in an abortion.