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"Unborn Victims of Violence Act" passes House panel

Remee Lee testified to the committee about a boyfriend who slipped her an abortion pill. The panel approved a bill making the injury of an unborn baby a felony separate from any crime against the mother. Photo: Bill Cotterell.

A House committee heard tearful testimony from a Tampa woman whose ex-boyfriend is in prison for slipping her an abortion drug and voted Monday to make injury of an "unborn child" a separate felony from attacking a pregnant woman.

Remee Lee, dabbing her eyes with a crumpled tissue and struggling to speak over sobs, showed the House Judiciary Committee some sonogram pictures made in an examination when she was about six weeks pregnant last year. She said she was excited about having a baby, a boy she had named "Memphis," but that -- without her knowledge -- John Andrew Weldon gave her a pill that caused the baby's heart to stop.

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