– Proceedings against a Texan woman accused of murder for performing an abortion have been suspended
Lizelle Herrera was arrested on April 7 after an abortion in Texas. He was released on bail and will not be prosecuted in the end.
A Texas lawyer on Monday dropped charges against a young woman accused of murder a few days ago for performing an abortion, sparking a national mobilization around her case.
Lizelle Herrera, 26, was arrested April 7, according to Texas County authorities on the Mexican border. He was released on $ 500,000 (465,000 francs) bail.
On Monday, a lawyer finally dropped the charges against him, according to a court document found by the AFP. “Examining the law in force in Texas, it is clear that Lizelle Herrera cannot and should not be prosecuted for the facts against which she was charged,” Gocha Allen Ramirez said in a statement.
Sensitivity surrounding abortion
However, the prosecutor assured that it would be appropriate for local authorities to arrest him “after a report from the hospital” because “it would be their duty to ignore the facts”. It is unclear whether the law passed in Texas in September 2021 prohibiting abortion after six weeks of pregnancy was the basis for the initial indictment.
But the case testifies to the high sensitivity surrounding abortion in the United States, with hundreds of proposed abortion laws – restrictive or protective – pending a decision in the state legislatures, disrupting the existing legal framework. For about 50 years in the country.
Planned Parenthood, which operates several abortion clinics in each state, said, “We stand with all people in Liesel and Texas for safety.”