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Murder charge in Fla. abortion pill case

TAMPA — The son of a Florida fertility doctor has been charged with tricking his girlfriend into taking a pill used to induce labor and cause an abortion, killing the embryo she was carrying.

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. He is also the defendant in a lawsuit filed by his former girlfriend, 26-year-old Remee Lee.

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‘‘Whenever a woman is robbed of her ability to give birth and have a child, I don’t think there’s any greater harm you can cause somebody,’’ said Lee’s lawyer, Gil Sanchez. ‘‘She’s devastated. She can’t believe this happened to her.’’

Prosecutors say Welden forged his father’s signature on a prescription for Cytotec and relabeled a bottle as Amoxicillin, an antibiotic. Cytotec, known also as misoprostol, is a drug used to induce labor.

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