TAMPA, FL, May 16, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A 28-year-old Florida man faces life in prison after he tricked his pregnant girlfriend into taking medication that killed their child, police say.
Andrew Welden told her that a doctor's visit revealed that she had an infection and gave her a bottle of Cytotec (misoprostol) that he had falsely labeled as “Amoxicillin.”
Remee Jo Lee, 26, was just shy of seven weeks pregnant with a child she wanted to carry.
She says John Andrew Welden, who goes by his middle name, told her to take three pills a day, but after taking the first she began bleeding profusely.
She drove to the hospital and passed out, awaking on Easter morning surrounded by her own blood. When medical staff informed her that her baby had died, she was heartbroken.
“Every woman dreams of becoming a mom,” she said. “I was never going to do anything but go full-term with it, and he did not want me to.”
“I cannot believe someone did something so malicious to me, and to himself,” Lee told local media. “It was our baby.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Muldrow confirmed, “She had a name for the baby she wanted to have.”
U.S. Magistrate Judge Anthony Porcelli charged Welden on Wednesday with one count of first-degree murder for the death of his child, as well as product tampering with reckless disregard for Remee's safety.
If convicted, Welden will face life in prison.
He reportedly obtained the pills – which Lee referred to as his “weapon of choice” – by forging his father's signature on a prescription. Welden's father, an OB-GYN, is not implicated.
In addition to criminal charges, Lee is suing her former love for $15,000.
Officers say the younger Welden confessed his actions at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
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Pro-life advocates say this is a foreseeable side effect of the abortion lobby's efforts to promote access to chemical abortion.
“Misoprostol is a favorite of international abortion advocates. Several groups are working to make misoprostol easy to obtain – by anyone,” writes Wendy Wright atC-FAM.org. “Pro-life advocates warn that easy access to misoprostol will result in women with wanted pregnancy being forcibly aborted.”