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Woman tricked into abortion urges new laws for unborn

1:21 PM, Sep 18, 2013   |    comments
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TAMPA, Fla. -- A woman tricked by her boyfriend into aborting her pregnancy will push for new laws protecting the unborn Wednesday.

What Remee Lee's boyfriend did was cruel and heartless. But should it be used as an example to radically change Florida law?

Two Bay Area lawmakers will make the case that it should in a press conference at the West Tampa Library on Wednesday morning.

With them will be Remee Lee. Her boyfriend, John Andrew Welden, tricked her into taking drugs causing her to abort her pregnancy at about seven weeks.

Wednesday, State Senator Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland) and State Representative Larry Ahern (R-Seminole) will announce another attempt to pass an Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

Attempts in previous years have not been approved by the Legislature.

If it's similar to past proposed laws, this law would treat the end of any pregnancy, no matter how far along, as potential murder or manslaughter if it was caused by a criminal act.

Right now in Florida, there are laws to protect the unborn already in place.

Some apply to a "viable fetus" -- one that could live outside the womb at around 23 or 24 weeks of development -- and others apply when movement can be seen or felt at around 18 weeks.

If this new proposed law is like others proposed in the past, it would drop that age requirement, making any developing cluster of cells into a person for the purposes of prosecuting someone.

Past versions of the proposed law have made it clear that doctors performing abortions, doctors caring for mothers, and mothers themselves can't be charged under the law.

But opponents argue strongly that once one part of Florida law starts redefining any fertilized egg as a person, it opens doors to reinterpreting the rest of the state's laws.


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