Man Tricks Girlfriend Into Taking Abortion Pills

Man Tricks Girlfriend Into Taking Abortion Pills

May 16th, 2013

28 year-old John Andrew Welden was indicted on one count first degree murder Tuesday in Florida after allegedly tricking his girlfriend into aborting their child. Tampa Bay Times reports that the crime took place in March after an ultrasound performed by the accused’s father, Dr. Stephen Ward Welden, confirmed the pregnancy.

John Welden then forged his father’s signature on a prescription for Cytotec, an FDA approved drug known to cause uterine contractions resulting in spontaneous miscarriage, and relabeled the bottle as “Amoxicillin.” Welden’s girlfriend, 26-year-old Remee Lee, took the medication thinking it was an antibiotic meant to cure a supposed bacterial infection in her blood. Shortly after she began taking the pills, Lee complained of stomach pains. Easter morning she woke in a pool of her own blood; she had miscarried.

Doctors at the hospital where she was rushed informed her that the baby’s heart had stopped. When Lee showed them her prescription, medical professionals knew right away that they were not Amoxicilin.

“I was never going to do anything but go full term with it, and he didn’t want me to,” Says ex-girlfriend Lee, who planned to take care of the child on her own. “I can’t believe someone did something so malicious to me, not only to me but to himself; it was our baby.”

Though Welden’s defense attorney called the crime “aberrant”, she is quick to point out her client has no previous criminal history. Still, Welden faces up to life in prison under the “Protection of Unborn Children Act.”

The persecution claims Welden confessed his crimes in a phone call recorded by authorities. According to U.S Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow, Welden admits that he knew the pills would cause contractions and that he used a label maker to doctor the pill bottle. There are even reports that Welden went as far as to scratch off identifiers on the pills.

Since his incitement, ex-girlfriend Remme Lee filed a civil suit against Welden for battery and intentional infliction of emotional harm.

Welden’s father, Dr. Stephen Ward Welden, has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

-Jekeva Phillips, Managing Editor

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