Woman Tricked By Ex-Boyfriend Into Miscarriage Pleads For New Law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A woman whose ex-boyfriend tricked her into taking pills that caused her miscarriage tearfully pleaded with lawmakers to approve a bill that would create new penalties for people who harm a fetus.

Remee Jo Lee showed members of the Senate Judiciary Committee ultrasound images of her fetus on Tuesday and talked about how much she wanted to be a mother. The committee voted 6-2 to approve the bill, which would make it a crime to harm or cause the death of a fetus while committing a crime against the mother.

The legislation includes intentionally trying to kill a fetus. An exception would be made for doctors performing abortions or treating a pregnant woman.

Lee’s ex-boyfriend was sentenced last month to nearly 14 years in prison on drug tampering charges.

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