Yesterday we noted that some of our most divisive social issues are predicated on logic which seems childish at best. Here’s another example of the kind of wild inconsistency which is rampant in a society which insists that abortion remain legal, but still seeks to prosecute some of those who kill unborn babies.
I opened today’s paper and read a news brief out of Tampa, Florida, in which a man is accused of tricking his girlfriend into taking an abortion drug to kill their unborn child.
According to the Associated Press, Andrew John Welden, 28, is accused of giving Remee Lee, 26, the labor-inducing abortifacient Cytotec (misoprostol), without her knowledge. Lee had recently had a doctor’s appointment with Welden’s father, Dr. Stephen Welden. John Welden is accused of forging his father’s signature on a prescription for Cytotec and putting it in a bottle which he re-labeled as amoxicillin, an antibiotic. He reportedly told Lee that his father had found that she had a bacterial infection and had prescribed the antibiotic.
What is the precise charge when you take away a woman’s right to “choose” to have a baby? When you take action to harm what is, according to law, not yet human (Lee was less than seven weeks pregnant)?
I’m so glad you asked:
John Andrew Welden was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on charges of product tampering and first-degree murder and faces up to life in prison if convicted of the murder charge. He’s also the defendant in a lawsuit filed in state court by his ex-girlfriend, 26-year-old Remee Lee.
… Lee is suing Welden for battery, intentional infliction of emotional harm, and punitive damages. Welden’s father, the doctor, has not been accused of wrongdoing and has not been charged with any crime.
Did you catch that? Welden is accused of first-degree murder. Not a crime against Lee, but a crime against a baby. A baby that Lee could have killed legally for another four months, if it had been her choice, instead of his. While for herself, Lee can only claim “battery and emotional harm”, the federal grand jury’s charges could put Welden in jail for life, for murder. Not for violating a part of Lee’s body, or disrupting the development of a blob of tissue…but for deliberately killing a human being with 1st Amendment rights.
Of course I am thrilled that this is going to trial. I’m just confused as to how it can be reconciled with the current law of the land.
Welden’s attorney, David Weisbrod, admitted that his client’s actions were “aberrant“…”straying from the right or normal way” according to Webster’s.
There’s an understatement worthy of…our current Administration.