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Texas Woman Sues Prosecutors Over Murder Charge for Abortion

The lawsuit cites “deprivation of liberty, reputational harm, public humiliation, distress, pain, and suffering.” (Click image for article.)

Photo: Abortion rights activists protest at the Federal Courthouse Plaza, after the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court, in Austin, Texas, on June 24, 2022.

 

Lizelle Gonzalez, a Texas woman who self-managed an abortion in 2022, is suing local Starr County prosecutors for more than $1 million in damages for “deprivation of liberty, reputational harm, public humiliation, distress, pain, and suffering.” Gonzalez was arrested and charged with murder after a hospital reported her to the district attorney’s office following her visit seeking medical care related to bleeding.

“[T]he fallout from Defendants’ illegal and unconstitutional actions has forever changed the Plaintiff’s life,” the lawsuit says. “[The] humiliation of a highly publicized indictment and arrest [has] permanently affected her standing in the community.”

Gonzalez’s arrest occurred prior to the overturning of Roe v. Wade in June 2022. However, even if her arrest had happened after Dobbs reversed the constitutional right to an abortion, it would still be unlawful since pregnant individuals cannot be criminally prosecuted for their own abortions under state law.

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