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Tampa woman tricked into abortion inspires Rep. Larry Ahern to try again on bill



Before she was tricked into taking abortion pills, Remee Lee planned to name her baby Memphis Remington, she said.

Now Lee and her attorney, Gil Sanchez, hope that name will give new impetus to a state bill that would more often ban crimes against fetuses.

The Offenses Against Unborn Children bill, sponsored in 2013 by state Rep. Larry Ahern, R-St. Petersburg, has failed at least three years in a row.

Ahern said Sunday he might name the 2014 bill after Memphis Remington in an effort to personalize the issue and help gather the support it needs to pass.

"It could help keep this issue out there," he said, adding that lawmakers can't officially file bills until July. "I can only sympathize with (Lee) and her family and what they're going through."

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[Last modified: Monday, June 10, 2013 9:30am]


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