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Abortion pill victim Remee Jo Lee says she fears for her own life

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John Andrew Welden, 28, pictured with Remee Jo Lee, 26. Welden was convicted of secretly giving Lee, who was pregnant, a pill that caused her to miscarry. (Courtesy Gil Sanchez Valencia)
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Tampa, Florida -- The woman whose boyfriend is accused of murdering their unborn child by secretly giving her abortion pills, says she's afraid for her own life too.

Remee Jo Lee, 26, says if John Andrew Welden gets out of jail she's afraid he'll come after her.

The revelation is part of the testimony given by Lee at a restraining order hearing last month.

She loves him, but she hates him. She fears him, but still wonders what life might have been like for them with their baby.

Her testimony shows Remee Jo Lee clearly is a woman who is conflicted, confused and traumatized by the loss of her unborn child.

She told the court she thought a life with John Andrew Welden would bring her happiness.

"I don't know why he did this," she said at a restraining order hearing last month.

"I don't know why he hates me so much. I don't know why this was so bad to have this baby with me."

"I'm sorry. I don't have any comment right now," said Remee's mother Rosa outside their home today.

Their lawyers say Remee is working with federal prosecutors who've charged Welden with first-degree murder for allegedly switching out Lee's antibiotics with abortion pills.

 

 

There was no comment either Friday at the Gynecology office operated by Welden's father.

It was there, at the adjacent weight loss clinic, that prosecutors say Weldon took a blank prescription sheet and forged his father's signature to obtain the abortion pill Cytotec."

At that same hearing, Lee said the two had met when she was a dancer.

She also told the court she had had an abortion in the past, but said she had wanted to keep this child.

While testifying she feared for her safety, Lee also admitted to sending a pair of text messages to Welden after she'd lost the baby.

One read in part, "It sucks, I really miss you, even though I shouldn't."

At Welden's address in Tampa no one came to the door.

For now, Welden, 28, remains in jail on federal first degree murder charges.

Lee says if Welden does get out of jail she fears for her life. She testfied that she thinks he might try to kill her, or hire someone to kill her since she is a witness in the case.

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