LULAC Speaks Out In Case Of Texas Latina Charged With Murder Over Abortion

Nation’s Largest and Oldest Latino Civil Rights Organization Calls for Deeper Investigation and Avoid a Rush to Judgment

Washington, DC - The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) issued the following statement in the arrest and filing of murder charges against a 26-year old Latina who lives along the Texas-Mexico border in Starr County. A grand jury indicted the woman for murder after allegedly committing a “self-induced abortion.” In its charge, the grand jury added that the woman “did and then and there intentionally and knowingly cause the death of an individual J.A.H by a self-induced abortion.” The woman was released on a $500,000 bond Saturday night.

Domingo Garcia - LULAC National President
“LULAC is urging the Starr County District Attorney to conduct a thorough and fair investigation and not allow a rush to judgment in what is already a very tragic and difficult case. We must know all the facts, in this case, to see whether a charge of murder is even warranted. This situation should not be turned into a sensationalized headline for political gain. Families should decide women’s health and pregnancy issues with guidance by clergy, not by the criminal courts."


The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit

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