ABC segment features woman unknowingly given abortion drugs by boyfriend
On Friday night, ABC dedicated a half-hour segment of the show 20/20 to the heartbreaking story of 27-year-old Floridian Remee Jo Lee’s unknowing abortion at the hands of her boyfriend, Andrew Welden. Welden’s father, a physician, performed Remee’s first prenatal exam when she was seven weeks pregnant.
The following day, Welden, who was a medical student at the University of South Florida, forged a prescription for Cytotec with his father’s credentials and changed the prescription label, telling the mother of his child that she needed to take “antibiotics” for a mild infection. Remee trusted that this information was coming through Welden’s father, and took the medication, believing that she was ingesting amoxicillin.
Welden was charged with murder following the death of his child, whom Remee named Memphis. He is awaiting sentencing under strict house arrest after his parents gave up their entire life savings of about half a million dollars to pay their son’s bond. Remee is working to promote legislation that would add Florida to the list of states that recognize children in utero as crime victims, as described in the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which would ensure much more stringent punishments for criminals like Weldon.