By now, you’ve probably heard about the arrest of Oklahoma abortionist Nareshkumar Patel. He “is being accused of fraud, telling women they were pregnant when they weren’t and then giving them abortion-inducing drugs.”
Nothing about the abortion industry truly surprises me anymore, but this did strike me as a little odd. Are there not enough real crisis pregnancies to keep all the abortion centers in business? Or did he just get greedy?
Interestingly, Patel isn’t the first to pad his clientele this way. In fact, his scam is over three decades old.
In 1978, Chicago Sun-Times reporters went undercover and got enough dirt for a twelve-part series, The Abortion Profiteers. They found that “abortions” on women who weren’t pregnant were a regular occurrence. Mind you, that was long before the era of RU-486; they were doing surgical procedures on women who weren’t pregnant. Patel merely updated the practice.
Without regular undercover investigations, it’s impossible to say how common this is. It certainly raises some questions:
- Activists on both sides of the aisle generally treat the Guttmacher Institute’s abortion statistics as the most reliable, but those figures originate with reports from the abortionists themselves. Are non-lethal “abortions” being counted?
- Have any women been injured or killed by complications from fake abortions?
- And how many women are beating themselves up for having killed their children… who didn’t?
I don’t have any answers to those questions, but I hope to see more undercover investigations of this nature.