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Parents of Tampa woman involved in abortion pill story speak out

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Edward and Rosa Lee are soft spoken. They say they are very private people, but they have now been drawn into a very public story.

Their daughter, Remee Lee says she was six weeks pregnant and looking forward to becoming a mother.

Lee says her boyfriend, John Andrew Welden gave her a medication that he said was an anti-biotic. He told her it was from his father, who is a Gynecologist. Lee says that Welden told her the medication was to treat an infection.

Instead, federal authorities say Welden forged a prescription and illegally obtained the drug Cytotec.

Cytocec can be used to cause women to abort, it can also cause bleeding and be harmful to the mother.

Federal authorities are now charging Welden under the Protection of Unborn Children Act.

Edward Lee says he wants to see state law changed to protect women in Florida.

Lee says, "We want the full weight of the law against the individual that caused this tragedy. We do not want this to happen to any other daughter and request action from our state legislatures to pass laws criminalizing this activity and that the community call their legislators so they do it."

Rosa Lee had little to say, but she does say she wants justice against Welden.

" I would like to see him severely punished.", says Rosa Lee.

Remee Lee's attorney is also filing a civil lawsuit against Welden.

Attorney Gil Sanchez says, "no one more shocked, saddened and hurt than Remee herself. She was robbed of her chance of being a mother."

Welden faces life in prison if he is convicted on the Federal Charges.

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