This Abortionist Tried to Kill Me and Killed My Twin, And Now He’s Finally Been Arrested

Opinion   |   Claire Culwell   |   Dec 16, 2014   |   12:10PM   |   Washington, DC

Many of you likely have already heard that Dr. Patel, the abortionist that attempted to take my life and successfully took the life of my twin, has been arrested and is under investigation again. The news was released a little less than a week ago and it was reported that he had attempted to give women that were NOT pregnant the abortion pill…without telling them that they were not pregnant.

Today I heard the news that he is facing up to 3 years in jail for his actions. I have to say that I can’t believe that Dr. Patel MIGHT be charged with THREE YEARS in jail for the medical malpractice that he has committed. I am shocked that he is still allowed to maintain his medical practice after being investigated and complained about time and time again.

The sad part is…I SHOULD be able to believe it. And I SHOULDN’T be shocked. This is ABSOLUTELY believable in this world that we live in today.

TOO many CHRISTIANS and people of morality value convenience over responsibility, their own needs over the needs of their children, comfort over importance, and TOO many Christians DON’T KNOW and/or choose to ignore the incredible and life-altering affect that abortion has on millions of women and families. I KNOW because I WAS ONE OF THOSE CHRISTIANS FOR TOO LONG.

nareshpatel5Christians, we need to realize what is happening. ALL of the women who have been harmed by Dr. Patel were someones family member, someones daughter, someones mother and many of them were a member of some church. These children that were taken from their mothers’ wombs were– just like my twin and I– someones son or daughter, someone’s sibling and someones best friend.

We NEED to speak up. We need to bring light to what is actually going on inside the abortion industry. We need to stand firm and fight until we successfully remove doctors like Dr. Patel from the abortion industry for good.

Not only that– we need to believe that there is HOPE. God has promised that there healing and FORGIVENESS available for ALL who have worked in the abortion industry as well as those who have had abortions. Because of that– we need to PRAY that God’s will will be done.

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I have heard from quite a few friends this week who have called to see how I am doing with this news. I am deeply saddened and hurt for these women who underwent such horrible treatment inside a medical facility by a man that they should have been able to trust- their doctor. I also, now more than ever, believe every single word that I wrote to Dr. Patel in the letter that I released when I first became aware of him. The things that have been described that he does to his patients reveal that he is a hurting man in need of a gracious and forgiving God. It has been said that “hurting people hurt other people.” It is so true. I will continue to pray for Dr. Patel’s conversion, for his heart to change on the issue of abortion, that he will accept the help of others to leave his abortion practices, and that he will find healing, grace and forgiveness in the arms of God and Christians.

cMANY have asked HOW I could forgive someone like Dr. Patel. They have wondered HOW I could want anything other than justice. My honest answer is that I don’t know. I don’t know why God gave me a heart to forgive but I am grateful that He did because it has helped guard my heart from much pain and shape me to be more like Jesus was. God gave me one of the greatest gifts imaginable when He gave me Abby Johnson (former Planned Parenthood director) as a friend and the opportunity to work for And Then There Were None Ministries (

Through these experiences I have not only seen the damage that  happens to abortion clinic workers but I have seen REAL PEOPLE that were in need of jobs that find themselves working inside the abortion industry and when the damage has already been done, I see HURTING PEOPLE step out in faith and start a journey of healing, grace and forgiveness…a journey that is fully deserving and desirable in the eyes of their creator.

I still mean every word I said —

Dear Dr. Patel,

I am writing with a heavy heart. I recently discovered you in the news due to the violations your abortion clinic has made. I found that I have a closer connection to you than I thought.

In 1988, my 13-year-old birth mother placed herself in your care to perform her abortion…her 20-week abortion. She was assured that the abortion would fix her problem and that her life would return to normal, but it didn’t. When she returned to see you, she was informed that the abortion had been successful, in part, but she was still pregnant as she had actually been pregnant with twins but had been misinformed. She was also told that during the abortion the amniotic sac had been ruptured, thus leaking fluid for weeks. This proposed many complications for my birth mother. Due to the botched abortion, I was born 2.5 months premature with many lifelong complications.

clairecurwellAs I read your medical practice history, I found my testimony consistent with many of your other former patients. My birth mother was 13. She was young and naïve; she would be easy to manipulate and lie to. She didn’t know any better. Due to the abortion that was botched, my birth mother has suffered 26 years of hardship and regret. I can only imagine the things that may have happened that she feels like she can’t speak about…things that other women are confessing that you did to them while in your care.

However, she was not the only one affected by the failed abortion. My life, my family’s life, and my children’s lives would all eventually be affected by one “mistake” or one “botched abortion” that was performed so long ago. Not only was I born 2.5 months premature, but I was born with complications including dislocated hips, club feet, and was on life support in the hospital. I went through multiple casts on my feet, a harness on my hips to prepare for surgery and body casts in order to correct what the abortion had done to my body. In fact, I still have hip and foot complications today due to the abortion. The unfortunate part is that I am not alone. Hundreds of other survivors of abortions are speaking up, letting the world know that we ARE children, we DO deserve a chance at life and that abortion is, clearly, NOT SAFE.

I spent 21 years of my life wondering if I had a sibling that was missing. I felt it in my heart. My birth mother confirmed my questions when she told me about her abortion when I met her. Realizing that you have lived your entire life without your twin is a harsh reality.  However, the hardest part for me is realizing that you took my daddy’s only son from him. His life would have been even more full and joyful had he had his son who would carry on his family name and do the things he loves with him—hunt and fish. Because of the selfishness that abortion has brought to us today, our family will remain incomplete and I mourn the amazing adventures my daddy is missing with my brother.

In February of 2013, another miracle happened… My daughter was born! I can’t help but think about how she wouldn’t be here if the abortion had been successful on my life. She has only been here for a short time, but she has touched so many lives with her fun-loving personality. I can’t help but wonder how many children are missing because their mothers were misinformed by you and told that the best decision, or even the only decision, was abortion.

Dr. Patel, I write not only to shed light on the reality of the severe aftermath that can happen when abortions are performed, but to also express my forgiveness to you for what happened. I have lived a full life and been well loved in my 26 years of life despite my circumstances. I was adopted into an incredible home that gave more grace and forgiveness than I ever could have asked for. In the same way I have been forgiven by God for many things, I choose to forgive you. I forgive you for performing the abortion in 1988 and for the enormous impact it has had on my birth mother and me.

I also pray for you. I pray that you are able to see past the medicine, the money and your usual way of life… and that you will remember my face (and my daughter’s who would not be here had the abortion been successful) as you go to perform abortions. I pray that as you remember my face that you will be moved in such a way to walk away from the abortion practice and use your gifts outside of the industry. I assure you that many of us, myself included, would help you leave the industry and be encouragers and supporters to you. I would welcome you with open arms because I fully believe your life and what you do with your life is just as valuable as every single unborn child that I advocate for. I will continue to pray for you and your past and former patients.

Claire Culwell