Husband of woman, 26, arrested for abortion in Texas decries her decision
‘I have no words for it, it was a son’: Husband of woman, 26, arrested for abortion in Texas rejects her decision as revealed he filed for divorce the day of her arrest
- Ismael Herrera of Starr County, Texas, said he learned from news reports that his son had been aborted
- He filed for divorce on April 7, the day his estranged wife Lizelle Herrera was arrested for self-induced abortion.
- Starr County Prosecutor Gocha Ramirez apologized for charging woman with murder; a decision that was later revoked
- “I never meant to hurt this young lady,” he said
- The Texas Heartbeat Act bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually around six weeks after pregnancy
- The law exempts women who terminate pregnancies themselves from prosecution
The estranged husband of a Texas woman arrested for aborting her baby said, “I have no words for it…it was a son. A boy,” as he revealed that he had filed for divorce on the day of her arrest.
Ismael Herrera reported the haunted interview Notifications48and also revealed that he had only discovered that his ex Lizelle Herrera, 24, had taken the abortion pills when he read in news reports of her subsequent arrest.
Filmed in the reflection of a dirty mirror, with his voice changed to mask his identity, the former wife told the Spanish language station that he found out just days after separating from Lizelle Herrera that she was pregnant.
It’s unclear why they broke up or whether that was the reason for Herrera to terminate the pregnancy.
The couple married in 2015 when she was 19, according to the Washington Posthave two sons together, although they broke up in January.
Starr County, Texas authorities arrested Lizelle Herrera on April 7, the same day her 8-year-old partner filed for divorce.
Ismael Herrara, who was filmed in a mirror to protect his identity, told Noticas48 that he learned that his estranged wife had terminated her pregnancy through news outlets
Lizelle Herrera, 26, was arrested last week after she “deliberately and knowingly caused the death of a person by self-induced abortion”. She was released on Sunday after it became clear that Texas law prohibits charges against women who terminate their own pregnancies.
Starr County Prosecutor Gocha Ramirez, pictured, filed charges against Herrera, only to later drop them and apologize for doing so.
The hospital where she was treated after the abortion apparently reported her to local sheriff Rene “Orta” Fuentes, but she should never have been charged under Texas law.
The county’s prosecutor, recently elected Democrat Gocha Ramirez, 68, dropped the murder charge against Lizelle Herrera on Sunday and ordered her release from prison, saying it was all a mistake.
“I’m so sorry,” Ramirez wrote in a text message to the woman’s attorney, Calixto Villareal, according to the Post. “I assure you it was never my intention to hurt this young lady.”
Texas has been a battleground over abortion rights after the state legislature passed the Texas Heartbeat Act, which prohibits terminating pregnancies after a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually after six weeks, before most women know they are pregnant.
Texas law, however, excludes women who cause abortions themselves, and the prosecutor admitted he made a mistake in suing her.
Herrera was held in the Starr County Jail on $500,000 bail while authorities investigate the details surrounding her abortion.
Even anti-abortion rights groups say the prosecutor screwed up in indicting the young woman.
“The Texas Heartbeat Act and other pro-life policies in the state clearly prohibit criminal charges against pregnant women,” John Seago, the Texas Right to Life legislative director, told the Washington Post. “Texas Right to Life opposes prosecutors who go beyond the bounds of Texas’ prudent and carefully crafted policies.”
Pro-choice group, the Frontera Fund, ransacked the courthouse after Lizelle Herrera’s arrest, denouncing the law they say limits a woman’s right to health care.
The arrest will only fuel an already controversial issue surrounding the state.
‘We protested. We’ve dropped the charges. But the battle is only getting fiercer,” the Fontera Fund wrote on Twitter.