A woman who is a former client of an Oklahoma abortionist has recounted the harrowing details of an abortion where she says she was strapped to a table for an abortion done without anesthesia.
Oklahoma abortionist Nareshkumar Gandalal “Naresh” Patel has been charged with selling the abortion drug to women who he lied to and told they were pregnant. Although not charged, Patel once also faced charges of raping and sodomizing his abortion patients.
Patel has posted a $2,000 bond and has been released from jail after police executed search warrants on his home and abortion facility.
Now, a former customer has come forward to tell more about how Patel is the Kermit Gosnell of Oklahoma — who preys on women with abortions.
The unnamed woman who has come forward says she was pregnant when she went to his abortion clinic. She says Patel lied to her about how far along her baby was in order to charge her more for the abortion. He said he would charge $1,100 for the abortion based on the false date he gave to her.
“I went back, and they quickly did this ultrasound and he immediately said ‘You’re two weeks further along than what you’re telling me,’ and I said, ‘I don’t know how that could be,” she said.
She was scared and didn’t know what to do.
“They said, ‘Well, that’s going to be another $500,” she said.
So, she paid them.
“A nurse came into the room and strapped my wrists down to the table. They strapped my ankles down where my feet were, and she held my forehead down to the table,” she said.
She says they didn’t give her any anesthesia and the pain was unbearable.
“I’d never known anything like it in my life. It was like torture,” she said.
Those memories resurfaced when she saw that Patel was arrested.
Told that Patel would likely head to prison based on the new charges the state’s attorney general brought, the woman says he should definitely go to jail.
“He deserves it,” she says. “I had to have had something bigger than me protecting me in that room that day because physically and emotionally, I never would’ve had the strength to go through something like that.”
Police raided the Outpatient Services for Women abortion center in Oklahoma City and arrested Patel. The arrest came after a Operation Rescue filed a five-count complaint against him with the State Attorney General’s office, the Oklahoma Health Department, and the Oklahoma Medical Board.
The complaints were based on documents and medical waste that had been discarded in a publicly-accessible trash receptacle near Patel’s Outpatient Services for Women abortion clinic in Oklahoma City. The material was received by Operation Rescue from an anonymous source on March 18, 2013.
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Patel (right) doesn’t face charges related to the rapes or dumping the bodies of abortion babies. Instead, Patel, 62, is accused of obtaining money by false pretenses. Patel lied to women and told them they were pregnant and then put their lives and health at risk by selling them the dangerous RU 486 (mifepristone) abortion pill that has killed dozens and injured thousands of women.
“The outrageous practice of selling abortions to non-pregnant women is actually a fairly common practice among abortionists nationwide,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “As the number of abortions drop, abortionists find themselves in greater competition for every abortion dollar. Every time a woman walks away from an abortion clinic with a negative pregnancy test, it represents about a $500 loss to the abortion business. Telling non-pregnant women that they are actually pregnant for the purpose of selling them abortions is a huge temptation to greedy abortionists who want to keep their profit margins up.”
If convicted, Patel faces up to three years in jail and a maximum fine of $15,000.
As Attorney General Scott Pruitt pointed out in his press statement about Patel’s arrest, the shocking reason behind the shady financial dealings is that Patel was prescribing abortion-inducing drugs to patients who were not pregnant.
The attorney general indicated Patel operating the Outpatient Services for Women abortion clinic in Warr Acres, Oklahoma, was charged with three counts of obtaining money under a false pretense after improperly prescribing abortion-inducing drugs to patients that he falsely identified as pregnant.
Pruitt’s office describes in detail the extent to which state law enforcement official went to obtain the evidence needed to charge the abortion doctor.
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Undercover agents from the Oklahoma Medical Licensure Board, the Oklahoma City Police Department and the Attorney General’s Office set up appointments with Patel where the doctor performed ultrasounds and pregnancy tests on the women where he is alleged to have fraudulently identified each undercover agent as pregnant. Afterward, he prescribed them an abortion-inducing drug, provided directions for administering it and charged the female agents for the unnecessary treatment.
“This type of fraudulent activity and blatant disregard for the health and well-being of Oklahoma women will not be tolerated,” Attorney General Pruitt said. “Oklahoma women should be able to trust that the advice they receive from their physicians is truthful, accurate and does not jeopardize their health. This investigation is a textbook demonstration of inter-agency cooperation to protect Oklahomans and prosecute the worst offenders.”
An investigation into Patel’s dubious practices arose from a complaint that he had performed an abortion procedure on Pamela King, even though she was not pregnant. King was diagnosed and died from complications of cervical cancer later that year, and her autopsy determined that she had not been pregnant in the time frame that the abortion procedure occurred.
In 1993, Patel was charged with one count of “forcible oral sodomy” and one count of sexual battery after a patient alleged that he had sexually assaulted her on an examination table prior to an abortion. She then recorded two phone conversations with him in which she alleged that he asked if she was angry about the assault and apologized for it.
Three victims came forward and told of their horrific encounters with Patel, but somehow the jury failed to convict him.
Patel was also previously disciplined by the Oklahoma Medical Board for Unprofessional Conduct for “failing to maintain dispensing records for dangerous drugs and keep complete and accurate records of purchase and dispensing of controlled drugs” and for injuring a woman during a botched abortion.
In 1993, Patel admitted that he dumped the remains of nearly 60 babies that had been aborted at his clinic in a field near Shawnee, Oklahoma, and had attempted to burn them but only the plastic bags around the remains caught on fire. The bodies were discovered by two passers-by. Patel’s excuse that he could not find a service to take away the remains lacked credibility. Because at that time there were no laws in Oklahoma regarding the disposal of aborted baby remains, Patel was never charged.
The current case was sparked by a complaint filed by Operation Rescue in January, 2014, after it conducted an investigation into abuses at Patel’s abortion business. Attorney General Pruitt also cited a complaint concerning Pamela King, who received an abortion by Patel, then died four months later of undetected cervical cancer. An autopsy revealed that King was never pregnant.
“This time we hope that Patel will not escape justice,” said Newman. “It will be interesting to learn what evidence was collected during the police searches of Patel’s home and abortion clinic. I have a feeling we haven’t heard the last of criminal charges against this offender.”