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ALASKA WOMEN’S HEALTH SERVICES
4115 LAKE OTIS PKWY
ANCHORAGE, AK 99508
TAPE – 668
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CLINIC: Appointments. This is Brandy.
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: We do.
CALLER: Well, do you know how much it cost?
CLINIC: It’s $570. And that’s cash or Visa, Master Card, Discover. We wouldn’t take a check for that.
CALLER: Okay. Do you know if you have to be a specific age for that? I’m going to be 14 in March.
CLINIC: No, no, that’s fine. There’s no parental consent in the state of Alaska, so you don’t need — nobody has to know but you.
CALLER: My friend said that you guys would have to tell my parents.
CLINIC: No, uh-uh. That’s not true, hon.
CALLER: Well, she also said that you guys would have to know my boyfriend’s 22.
CLINIC: No, it’s not. That’s fine, unless it was like an issue of rape.
CALLER: No. I mean, we’re in love. We’re going to get married.
CLINIC: Okay, no. It’s your business.
CALLER: The main reason why I’m scared of all this is because I haven’t had my period since January 3rd.
CLINIC: What was the first day of your last period?
CALLER: January 3rd.
CLINIC: Okay. And we only perform them between 7 and 14 weeks. And it looks like you were seven weeks on February 20th. So I can just put you in the next available that I have.
CLINIC: Are you going to pay for the procedure or did you have Medicaid?
CALLER: Well, my boyfriend said that he would pay for everything.
CLINIC: Okay. It’s $570.
CALLER: Do you guys do the pregnancy test there just to make sure?
CLINIC: What we’re going to do is an ultra sound to be sure that you are.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: Did you already take a home pregnancy test?
CLINIC: No, you haven’t taken a pregnancy test. So you’re not even sure that you are pregnant for sure-for sure?
CLINIC: What you need to do is go ahead and take a pregnancy test.
CALLER: Do I come in there for that?
CLINIC: Right. I can go ahead and book you an appointment, but if you’re not pregnant, then you wouldn’t need to come.
CALLER: Well, if I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control that day?
CLINIC: If you were pregnant?
CALLER: If I wasn’t.
CLINIC: Yes. No. You would need the whole physical examination. Are you from Anchorage?
CALLER: I’m in Willow.
CLINIC: Yeah. You would need the whole physical examination. And when you come in for your termination then we would give you birth control at that time.
CALLER: Would you have to tell anybody if I was on birth control though?
CLINIC: No, hon. We don’t have to tell anybody. It’s your body.
CALLER: Oh, okay. All right.
CLINIC: So do you want to book an appointment or do you want to think about it? Do you want to get a home pregnancy test and make sure that you are pregnant?
CALLER: Yeah. But I need to call my boyfriend to see when he’d get off work to take me.
CLINIC: Well, you can just get a pregnancy test at Wal-Mart. Just pick up one of those urine pregnancy tests, like the EPT or one of those pregnancy tests. Then just take it at home. And then if it’s positive, go ahead and give me a call back.
CALLER: Okay. Well, what was your name?
CLINIC: My name is Brandy. And what was your name?
CALLER: It’s Lisa.
CLINIC: Okay, Lisa. I’ll wait to hear back from you.
CALLER: Okay. Thanks. Bye.
CLINIC: Bye bye.