Doctor Agrees to Have Bond Revoked, Begin Jail Time Immediately
ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) _ A judge revoked bond Friday for a doctor convicted of performing illegal abortions on his former lovers without their consent.
Dr. Pravin Thakkar, 40, had been free on $100,000 bond during his three- week trial and was to be sentenced July 31. He was convicted Wednesday on two counts each of performing an illegal abortion, battery and criminal recklessness, and one count of attempted illegal abortion.
Defense attorney Jeffrey Lockwood said Thakkar, a native of India, wanted to go to jail right away to dispel rumors that he would jump bond. Madison County Circuit Judge Fredrick R. Spencer consented.
″If I wanted to fly, I would fly a long time ago,″ Thakkar said before being booked into the Madison County Jail.
The former Frankton physician faces up to 40 years in prison. Prosecutor William Lawler Jr. said he feared Thakker would flee.
After the hearing, Lawler said he had been prepared to introduce letters from two hospitals in Africa that had accepted Thakkar for employment as recently as late last year. Lawler said he received the letters from a woman who was close to Thakkar at one time.
Two of the women who brought charges against Thakkar - Carmen Singer of Anderson and Bonnie Coffey-Myers of Indianapolis - expressed surprise at his willingness to go to jail.
″I’m very relieved. I was fearful for my life. That’s why I’m here today,″ Ms. Singer said.
″I was fearful that he would start up a new shop in another country and do this to someone else,″ said Coffey-Myers.
Thakkar, 40, violated a state law requiring doctors to explain the abortion and obtain a patient’s written consent, prosecutors said.
Coffey-Myers and Kathy Collins testified that Thakkar forced a medical instrument into their wombs during pelvic examinations. Each had missed a menstrual period and suspected being pregnant, but each testified she hadn’t consented to an abortion.
Singer and Collins, also of Anderson, said they had dated Thakkar, and when they became pregnant he aborted their fetuses without their permission. Coffey-Myers also dated Thakkar and said he attempted to abort her pregnancy without her consent.
Thakkar’s Indiana medical license was suspended on Feb. 23, 1989, pending the outcome of the trial.