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Big Questions Remain in Case of Texan Woman Indicted for Murdering Her Infant

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Caroline Wharton - 12 Apr 2022
Big Questions Remain in Case of Texan Woman Indicted for Murdering Her Infant

After a Texan woman was recently indicted for murdering her infant, the mainstream, abortion-loving media has been running wild with theories about the case, including implications that this woman was arrested and indicted because of the Texas Heartbeat Law. With so many outrageous conjectures floating around, it’s worthwhile to take a look at what the public does know about the particulars of this case—and more pointedly, what we don’t know. Let’s get it into it.  

Here’s What We Know:  

After allegedly presenting at a Texas hospital claiming she had suffered a miscarriage, Lizelle Herrera was reported to Texas authorities by hospital staff/administration after she allegedly admitted to self-inducing her own abortion. The woman was arrested and brought to the Starr County Jail in Rio Grande City, detained by an enormous bail set at $500,000. She was then indicted by a grand jury of her peers on murder charges and charged with murder. In a statement to the Associated Press, Major Carlos Delgado of the Starr County Sheriff’s office said, “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.”  

Texan Woman Indicted for Murdering Infant

We know that this charge had nothing to do with the Texas Heartbeat Law (also known as Senate Bill 8) because that law explicitly prohibits mothers from being prosecuted for abortion or attempted abortion (see Section 171.206 B-1). Additionally, Texas homicide statutes exempt women who abort, which includes late-term abortions.  

However, Starr County District Attorney Gocha Alen Ramirez who initially charged Herrera with murder has now come out saying that he filed a motion to dismiss the charge. According to Ramirez, the case is “not a criminal matter,” and he further stated, “In reviewing applicable Texas law, it is clear that Ms. Herrera cannot and should not be prosecuted for the allegation against her.” However, serious questions remain about why the District Attorney is overriding the grand jury. In fact, huge questions about the facts of this entire story remain to be answered. 

Texan Woman Indicted for Murdering Infant

Here Are Some Important Things We Don’t Know:  

Much of the current information about this case has been garnered from abortion activists who have an agenda in their story-telling—and so many details have been left out. Some questions that need to be answered include:  

  • How did the baby die?  
  • What prompted the hospital staff, who likely treat miscarriage and abortion complications regularly, to involve authorities in this case?  
  • On what rationale or new facts in the case was the murder charge indictment from a grand jury overridden by a District Attorney?  
  • How old was the baby?  
  • This last question is particularly concerning because aspects of this case raise questions about whether the child died before or after he or she was born.   
Texan Woman Indicted for Murdering Infant

Even as other details in this case remain murky, one fact is crystal clear:  

Abortion is both fatal to a child and dangerous to a mother – hence why this mother allegedly presented at a hospital. While the abortion lobby is trying to use this story to vilify pro-life laws, they’re playing fast and loose with the paltry facts, as usual. Instead, the takeaway from this story as it relates to abortion activists is that their narrative that women can self-induce abortions without harming themselves is proven false by stories like Herrera’s. If a woman ends up at the hospital with complications, the abortion was not safe for her – and it certainly is not safe for the child who dies.  

SFLA will be keeping tabs on this story as it evolves and as more information is revealed to the public. Stay tuned for updates about this heartbreaking and mysterious case in Texas.  

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