The Tampa woman whose ex-boyfriend tricked her into taking a pill that caused her miscarriage tearfully pleaded with lawmakers in Tallahassee to approve a bill that would create new penalties for people who harm an unborn baby during a crime.
Remee Jo Lee showed members of the state Senate Judiciary Committee ultrasound images of her unborn embryo Tuesday and talked about how much she wanted to be a mother.
The committee voted 6-2 to approve the bill, which would make it a crime to harm or cause the death of an unborn baby while committing a crime against the mother.
The legislation includes intentionally trying to kill an unborn child.
An exception would be made for doctors performing abortions or treating a pregnant woman.
Lee’s ex-boyfriend, John Andrew Weldon, the son of a OB-GYN doctor, was sentenced last month to nearly 14 years in prison and pleading guilty to drug tampering. He had been indicted for murder under a rarely used federal statute known as the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.
Welden, of Tampa, admitted he forged a prescription for the abortion drug, Cytotec, and then took Lee to his father’s office, where she got an ultrasound. The next day, he tampered with a prescription bottle and scraped identifying marks off the pills to make them look like amoxicillin, a common antibiotic.
He gave Lee the pills and told her to take them. Lee, who was six or seven weeks pregnant, had taken one pill and learned the next morning her unborn baby no longer had a heartbeat.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.