Oklahoma abortionist Nareshkumar Gandalal “Naresh” Patel has lost his medical license after the state attorney general brought charges related to his selling the abortion drug to women who were not pregnant.
Patel once faced charges of raping and sodomizing his abortion patients but eventually avoided punishment. Now, Patel has posted a $2,000 bond and has been released from jail and his Outpatient Services for Women abortion facility remains closed for now.
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.
Patel 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.
Yesterday, Patel agreed to no longer practice medicine in Oklahoma. Patel agreed not to practice medicine in the state, pending an investigation into the allegations by the state Medical Licensure Board. Here’s more:
Records posted on the Medical Licensure Board website show Patel is no longer able to practice in the state as of Monday.
Patel’s attorney, Mack Martin, declined to comment.
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Two weeks after Patel’s arrest, Attorney General Scott Pruitt was critical of the board for not taking immediate action against the doctor. Pruitt’s comments came one day after the board’s deputy director, Reji Varghese, said their laws and rules did not support the use of an emergency hearing to address Patel’s medical license.
A spokesman for the board could not immediately be reached for comment Monday evening.
“This is an appropriate step that will help ensure the health and safety of patients as the board conducts a review,” Aaron Cooper, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office, said Monday in an emailed response.
Cooper said while their office is pleased Patel no longer holds a state medical license, they will continue to monitor any actions taken against him by the state medical board as his criminal case proceeds.
“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.
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.”