Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

Lizelle Herrera: Latest Victim in War on Abortion Rights

A woman in Starr County, Texas was arrested and jailed on a $500,000 bond on Thursday in the latest in a series of attacks on abortion rights.

Frankie Levine

April 11, 2022
Facebook Twitter Share
Photo: Jason Garza/Reuters

On Thursday April 7, 26-year-old Lizelle Herrera was arrested by Texas sherrifs on charges of murder for what they claim was a self-induced abortion. Harrera was kept in custody for two days before finally posting a ridiculously high bail of $500,000. As of now, it remains unclear whether or not Herrera was even pregnant or whether she merely assisted in the procurement of an abortion. All charges against Harrera have since  been dropped, but her arrest is an outrage and represents an attack on all working people.

Unfortunately, such arrests are only one small part of a growing and increasingly emboldened movement in states across the country to dramatically limit or outright ban access to almost all forms of abortion. Just last month, for instance, Oklahoma advanced a near-total ban on abortions, and in September, the Supreme Court refused to overturn Texas Senate Bill 8 (“SB-8”) which effectively bans abortion in the state after 6 weeks and makes it a crime to even drive someone to an abortion clinic out of state. Since then, 15 other states have followed suit and passed similar laws. Without a radical movement of working people willing to openly resist and overturn these laws, many others, particularly poor people, and Black and Indigenous people of color, may wind up in jail or worse.

Indeed, It is no suprise that under our racist legal system that the first people in the country to be criminalized under this new wave of anti-abortion laws are people of color. 21-year-old Native American Brittney Poolaw was also jailed in Oklahoma last year after having a miscarriage. Arrests like these are absolutely inhumane.

Organizations like the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice and La Frontera Fund quickly mobilized to defend Herrera. Texas state director of the NLIRJ Nancy Cárdenas Peña said: “Allowing criminal law to be used against people who have ended their own pregnancies serves no reasonable state purpose, but may cause great harm to young people, people with lower incomes, and communities of color, who are most likely to encounter or be reported to law enforcement.” Meanwhile several others protested outside Starr County Jail, with signs that read “Abortion Is Healthcare” and “ Salud, Dignidad, Justicia.”  The speed with which these protests were organized is promising, but they were still quite small. 

We need free, safe, legal abortion for all on demand. To win that we will   need a mass movement that goes even further than Roe V. Wade, which as we are seeing now, can be eroded away. As evidenced by countries like Ireland and Argentina, abortion rights are won in the streets. We can’t leave it up to the Supreme Court. We need to demonstrate our strength through combative actions to win this democratic right.

Facebook Twitter Share

United States

Unions, Left, and Activist Groups in New York City Organize Coalition and March in Response to the Supreme Court’s Decision to Overturn Abortion Rights

A new coalition of over 30 left groups, rank-and-file workers organizations and unions, and activists including Left Voice, Starbucks workers, teachers, socialist and housing justice organizations, and others have come together to organize a march and rally today in response to the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade and to protest the attacks on abortion rights by the State and the Right.

Left Voice

June 24, 2022

Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade. Organize, Mobilize and Fight Back.

Join Left Voice and a coalition of unions, left, activist, and reproductive rights organizations for a rally and march in New York City to defend the right to an abortion. Gather at 6:30 pm in Washington Square Park.

Left Voice

June 24, 2022

You Can’t ‘Green’ the Military (You Have to Fight It)

The armed forces of state violence are "going green", but they're no friends of the environment. We need an internationalist climate movement that's strongly opposed to militaries, police, prisons, and borders.

B.C. Daurelle

June 22, 2022

‘It’s Devastating’: NYC Schools Face Enormous Budget Cuts

Left Voice publishes an interview with a teacher at New York City’s MS 839, who has been organizing with his school community against the city’s school budget cuts.

Emma Lee

June 20, 2022

MOST RECENT

Members of Trotskyist organization Revolution Permanente at a protest.

Trotskyists in France Are Reconstituting a Fighting Revolutionary Left. There Are Important Lessons for the United States

The Far Left in France, which has grown complacent at best and has crossed the class line at worst, is being resuscitated with revolutionary politics thanks to the efforts of Révolution Permanente — which include launching a new organization. There are lessons for the United States in what has happened in France and in the opportunities to come.

Scott Cooper

June 23, 2022
A Swiss Trotskyist group marching in the 1950s

The Strange Story of Trotskyism in the Alps

A new book in German tells the story of the Trotskyist movement in Switzerland from 1945 to 1968. It includes the strangest case of infiltration since the founding of the Fourth International.

Nathaniel Flakin

June 23, 2022
Indigenous demonstrators gather around burning road blockades while marching towards the capital Quito after a week of protests against the economic and social policies of President Guillermo Lasso, in Machachi, Ecuador June 20, 2022.

Ecuador’s Indigenous People Are Fighting Neoliberal Austerity in the Streets

The indigenous protests in Ecuador are bringing thousands of people to the streets to protest austerity.

Margarita Valencia

June 23, 2022
Several workers hugging in front of a Chipotle Store

The Unionization Wave Continues: Workers In Maine Have Organized the First Chipotle Store in the Country

Workers at an Augusta, Maine Chipotle have formed an independent union: Chipotle United. This is a clear indication that the unionization wave that started with Starbucks and Amazon is only growing stronger.

James Dennis Hoff

June 22, 2022