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How reproductive rights groups sounded the alarm after a South Texas woman was charged with murder for an abortion

The Rio Grande Valley, often seen as a reliable vote against abortion, has a long history of advocacy to increase access to the procedure.

Cathy Torres, Organizing Manager of Frontera Fund, (she/her) stands outside of the Starr County Jail at a protest on April 9, 2022. regarding the jailing of Lizelle Herrera, a woman being held at the jail on a count of murder for allegedly having a self-induced abortion. 

"Once SB8 went into effect, we [Frontera Fund] got flooded from donations nationally," Torres said. "Every single person that calls our line travels out of state. When someone needs travel assistance to get an abortion, we help with that." When asked what people can do for Lizelle, Torres said, "Continue calling the jail and demanding her immediate release. We're going to keep track of what's happening and I say keep in tune with our social media."

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