New Florida law will make killing fetuses a crime

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Posted: Saturday, June 21, 2014 6:00 pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - It will soon become a crime in Florida to kill or injure a fetus at any stage of development.

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a bill (HB 59) into law that was a response to the case of a Tampa-area woman who was tricked into taking an abortion pill.

State law enforcement could not charge John Welden for killing Remee Jo Lee's unborn child.

Federal authorities wound up charging Welden, but that charge was dropped when Welden agreed to plead guilty to product tampering. He was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison.

The new law in October expands a current law that allows for murder or manslaughter charges only if a fetus dies after it has developed to a point where it can survive outside the womb.

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6/20/2014 4:34:22 PM (GMT -4:00)

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