Emergency hearing set in abortion drug case

Published On: Dec 09 2013 10:42:06 AM EST
TAMPA, Fla. -

An emergency federal court hearing has been scheduled for a Tampa man awaiting sentencing for tricking his pregnant ex-girlfriend into taking a pill that caused her to have a miscarriage.

John Andrew Welden's sentencing was scheduled Tuesday for tampering with a consumer product and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

Prosecutors say Welden forged a signature in March on a prescription for Cytotec and relabeled a pill bottle as "amoxicillin" and told his then-girlfriend to take the pills. Cytotec is used to induce labor.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that in an order Friday, U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara questioned the government's case against Welden. Lazzara said that without evidence that the pill caused the miscarriage, Welden may face less time in prison.

An emergency hearing was scheduled Monday.