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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.

‘‘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.’’

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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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