By Dave Andrusko
One phase of the ordeal of Remee Jo Lee, the woman who lost her unborn baby after being tricked into taking an abortifacient by her boyfriend, will come to an end this week. The NBC affiliate in Miami is reporting that John Andrew Welden is scheduled for sentencing in federal court Tuesday.
Welden, who is 28, will be sentenced on charges of tampering with a consumer product and conspiracy to commit mail fraud. He plead guilty to these lesser charges in September and faces up to 15 years in prison and three years of supervised release.
Originally a federal grand jury had indicted Weldon on two federal charges, one of them a murder charge made possible by the federal Unborn Victims of Violence Act legislation that was instigated by NRLC and signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2004. Had Weldon been convicted on that charge, Weldon would have faced a mandatory life sentence without parole.
Weldon told Ms. Lee that his physician father said that she had an infection and he was bringing her antibiotics. After scratched identifying markings off the Cytotec pills, Welden then put the fraudulent label on the empty pill bottle and put the altered Cytotec pills inside. (Cytotec can be used to induce contractions.)
Welden “also affixed a second label to the bottle reading, ‘Amoxicillin: 125mg oral tablet,’ a common antibiotic,” according to reporter Elaine Silverstrini.
She began feeling severe pain and cramps, and “On March 31 , she went to Tampa General Hospital, where she was told the unborn child was dead,” The Tampa Times reported. Ms. Lee’s baby was estimated to be 6-7 weeks old.
NRL News Today has covered the sad story of the loss of Ms. Lee’s baby many times. Her interview back in September with CNN’s Chris Cuomo lasted only a few minutes, but no viewer could have watched Remee Lee tearfully recall how she had been duped into chemically aborting her child and not be deeply moved (newday.blogs.cnn.com/2013/09/10/lee-nothing-else-matters-in-this-world-to-me/?hpt=hp_c2).
As I wrote at the time, to the best of my knowledge Cuomo, the son of pro-abortion former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, has never displayed any sympathy to our cause. But his questions of Lee were very empathetic.
He asked if Lee would want further contact with Welden, who faces a jail sentence of up to 15 years.
Lee: “I always wanted there to be. This isn’t what I wanted, none of this is what I wanted. I just wanted my pregnancy. Even if he would have left me alone and never seen me again or never seen the child, I just wanted that, that’s it.”
Cuomo: “The baby mattered the most?”
Cuomo: “It’s all politics and math until you have something growing inside you, isn’t it? When you had that baby growing inside of you and you lost it, what did it make your realize about when it was your child?”
Lee: “Nothing else matters in the world to me. Everything I thought was important before this took a really big change when this blessing came into my life. …There’s no words for the horror I wake up to every day, that this is my reality. There’s no escaping it, there’s no turning it off.”
Cuomo: “And as difficult as it is for you to deal with this and watch the case, what brings you here, what gives you energy, you say, is that you want to fight for the life of the unborn child.”
Lee: Long answer in one word. Yes! “I never want this to happen to anyone else.”
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