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Doctor on trial for unwanted abortions

A physician seduced three women and ruthlessly aborted or tried to abort their pregnancies without obtaining their consent, a prosecutor said in closing arguments Tuesday. One of the fetuses was in its eighth month of development when it was aborted by Dr. Pravin Thakkar, according to trial testimony.

Thakkar's actions violated a state law requiring doctors to explain an abortion and obtain a patient's written consent, said Jim Nave, a Madison County deputy prosecutor.

"None of them were advised in advance of what was going to happen to them. None of them were advised of what procedures were going to be undertaken," Nave told the jury.

Thakkar, 40, is on trial on charges of two counts each of performing abortions without consent, criminal recklessness and battery and one count of attempting a third abortion without consent. If convicted of all charges, Thakkar could be sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Thakkar did not testify. Defense attorneys presented office records to contradict the women's claims that they had been in Thakkar's office on certain days. Some of Thakkar's staff and former patients testified that the women were not in his office on the days when they said the incidents occurred.

Thakkar's license has been suspended pending the outcome of all criminal and disciplinary actions.

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