John Andrew Welden, 28, pictured with Remee Lee, 26. (Courtesy Gil Sanchez Valencia)
Florida-- Bay area lawmakers filed legislation Wednesday inspired by the Tampa case of a woman tricked into taking an abortion pill to terminate her pregnancy.
About a month ago, Remee Lee stood with them promoting the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which would make it a crime if someone causes an unborn child's death or injury during a criminal act.
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Under the bill filed today by State Senator Kelli Stargel R-Lakeland and Representative Larry Ahern, the person would be charged with separate criminal offenses for the mother and unborn child.
The bill would change the definition of an unborn child using the term "quick child" which typically means when there's movement in a pregnancy for victims like Lee.
Rep. Larry Ahern, R-Seminole, references the Remee Lee case, in which the Tampa area woman was tricked by her boyfriend into taking pills that aborted her baby.
"She was deprived of her choice to be able to have that child because her boyfriend didn't want it and he made that decision for her, duped her into taking what she thought was an antibiotic and it turned out to be something that would abort her child. So those are the kind of protections that we need in Florida."
Stargel stresses this is not an abortion bill, rather an act of violence that happens against a woman and she loses her child.