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Woman Sues Prosecutor Who Charged Her With Murder Over Self-Managing Abortion

Micheal Chukwuebuka, Reporting 

A woman in Texas, who was charged with murder over self-managing an abortion and spent two nights in jail, has sued prosecutors along the U.S.-Mexico border who put the criminal case in motion before it was later dropped.

Our source, ABC News reported Monday that the lawsuit filed by Lizelle Gonzalez in federal court Thursday comes a month after the State Bar of Texas fined and disciplined the district attorney in rural Starr County over the case in 2022, when Gonzalez was charged with murder in “the death of an individual by self-induced abortion.”

Stonix News learnt that under the abortion restrictions in Texas and other states, women who seek abortion are exempt from criminal charges.

The lawsuit argues Gonzalez suffered harm from the arrest and subsequent media coverage. She is seeking $1 million in damages.

“The fallout from Defendants’ illegal and unconstitutional actions has forever changed the Plaintiff’s life,” the lawsuit stated.

According to the lawsuit, Gonzalez was 19 weeks pregnant when she used misoprostol, one of two drugs used in medication abortions. Misoprostol is also used to treat stomach ulcers.

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Misoprostol is also used to treat stomach ulcers

After taking the pills, Gonzalez received an obstetrical examination at the hospital emergency room and was discharged with abdominal pain.

She returned with bleeding the next day and an exam found no fetal heartbeat. Doctors performed a caesarian section to deliver a stillborn baby.

The lawsuit argues that the hospital violated the patient’s privacy rights when they reported the abortion to the district attorney’s office, which then carried out its own investigation and produced a murder charge against Gonzalez.

Cecilia Garza, an attorney for Gonzalez, said prosecutors pursued an indictment despite knowing that a woman receiving the abortion is exempted from a murder charge by state law.

Ramirez announced the charges would be dropped just days after the woman’s arrest but not before she’d spent two nights in jail and was identified by name as a murder suspect.

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Ramirez

In February, Ramirez agreed to pay a $1,250 fine and have his license held in a probated suspension for 12 months in a settlement reached with the State Bar of Texas.

He told another source at the time that he “made a mistake” and agraeed to the punishment because it allows his office to keep running and him to keep prosecuting cases.

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