When It Comes to Abortion, You Don’t Want to Go Through the Pain and the Tears
Free pregnancy clinic in El Paso, Texas, has closed its doors after one of its employees was charged with murder, a U.S. Justice Department official told Reuters on Thursday.
A former nurse who was the first person ever to perform a clandestine abortion at the clinic was arrested in July for murder in El Salvador and faces up to 20 years in prison, the Justice Department said.
The unnamed employee was arrested after an investigation into the death of another patient who had undergone an abortion at a clinic run by the clinic’s owner, Jose Gavilan, the Department of Justice said in a statement.
El Paso, the third-largest city in Texas, is among a handful of Texas cities where the practice is illegal.
In El Paso County, the county sheriff’s office said that the unnamed employee who was arrested earlier this year was on administrative leave.
The Sheriff’s Office would not say whether the employee had been fired.
The El Paso Times reported that Gavilon, who owns the clinic, was charged in June with the murder of 22-year-old Jodie Hernandez.
Her death has sparked a wave of protests against abortion in El País and in the U.N. General Assembly.
The prosecutor, Roberto Garcia, told the Times that he is still waiting for information from the El Paso prosecutor’s office about how the death was ruled a homicide and whether any other victims have been identified.
Gavilan has denied any involvement in the killing.
He has said the case was a “fabrication” and that he never had any dealings with Hernandez.
Garcia said he would be pleased if Hernandez’s family or friends were able to receive financial compensation for the death.