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Judge weighs bail in alleged abortion case

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Remee Lee walked into federal court in Tampa, hoping to keep her ex-boyfriend locked up and far away from her. A federal judge is now considering bail for John Andrew Welden.

Welden is the son of a well-known fertility doctor. He's accused of forging his father's signature on a prescription for an abortion pill, then tricking Lee -- who was six weeks pregnant -- into taking it by telling her it was an antibiotic.

She lost the baby and Welden is now facing charges that could send him away for life.

In a packed courtroom filled with Welden supporters, prosecutors argued Welden is a flight risk and a danger to the community and should not get bail.

Hoping to prove their point, the government played jailhouse phone calls where Welden is heard telling family members to discourage a witness from talking to the FBI, saying, "tell the FBI to go [bleep] themselves."

During another call, Welden's stepmother Lenora is heard saying the victim "will not get away with this...even if I have to go on TV myself. She is lying. I want to tear her head off."

But Weldon's defense attorney says the calls are meaningless. And he says he will prove to a jury that one single pill did not cause any harm to Remee Lee's unborn child.

In a show of family unity, defense attorney Todd Foster assured the judge the defendant will not run.

"What happened in court today is 25 people raised their hand and said they were willing to vouch and sign property assuring this man will come back to court as ordered by the judge if the judge sees fit to release him," said Foster.

While Judge Anthony Porcelli considers what to do, he knows the temptations of bail.

"I think your client would be a fool not to run if I released him," Porcelli observed.

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