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GAINESVILLE WELL WOMAN CARE, INC
1233 NW 10TH AVE
GAINESVILLE, FL 32601
TAPE – 746
(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)
CLINIC: Bread and Roses. How can I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: Yes, we do. How many weeks are you?
CALLER: I’m not really sure. How do you know?
CLINIC: Do you know the last period that you had?
CALLER: Yeah. It was January 3rd.
CLINIC: January 3rd?
CLINIC: Okay. Let’s see. Okay. By that date, January 3rd — and today we’re at March 6th — that should make you about nine weeks. It’s from six to eleven-and-a-half weeks it’s $350. Are you a student or receiving any kind of government assistance?
CLINIC: It’s $350. And that basically includes the ultra sound, your lab work, sedative, anesthesia, and also a follow-up exam. And we do surgery on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday.
CALLER: My main question is, I’m going to be 14 later on this month, and my friend said you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of everything, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: You don’t have to have any consent here in the state of Florida. The only thing you would have to basically sign — and when you come in, you’re just under the age of 18. But otherwise we don’t ask for identification, but we just have you to sign that. And you don’t have to bring a note or get your parents’ permission or notarized or nothing like that. The state of Florida doesn’t have that kind of law.
CALLER: We were talking. And he said he would pay cash for everything, but we don’t want anyone to know about us. If he was paying for it all, would he have to fill out any forms?
CLINIC: No, he doesn’t. If he’s going to come and be the person that’s going to be here with you and drive you home, he doesn’t have to fill out anything. You would just have to do your medical history, just filling out something. And you basically talk to the counselor. The counselor will go over the medical history and also what takes place in the surgery, how to take care of yourself when you go home, and how to take your medicines, and then have you to come back within three or four weeks. And then you see the nurse or the doctor and just basically do an exam and make sure that everything’s fine. And that’s it.
CALLER: Another thing is, I haven’t had a pregnancy test yet. Would you guys do that there?
CLINIC: Yeah, but we normally try to do the pregnancy test actually before you make the appointment for the abortion.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: Are you in Gainesville?
CALLER: I’m in Newberry.
CLINIC: Newberry? Okay. I’m not familiar with that. It’s close to here?
CLINIC: If you didn’t make it today, you could come in tomorrow between 2 and 5. And there is no charge for the test. Or you can come Friday between 9 to 12:00.
CALLER: But would anybody have to know if I was getting a pregnancy test?
CLINIC: Uh-uh. When you come in we need to just ask you the first day of your last period, and you tell us. And then we get the urine sample, and we run the test. And then at that time you can go ahead and make your appointment if you want to come in. But no, you don’t have to tell anybody, and we don’t have to tell anybody because everything is confidential.
CALLER: Okay. Well, if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys have birth control there?
CLINIC: Yeah, but you would have to make an appointment to come and see our nurse practitioner. And she would do like a pap smear on you to make sure that you don’t have any abnormal cells. And then from there we can prescribe pills for you.
CALLER: Okay. Well, the thing is I can’t drive to pick up the pills. Will my boyfriend be able to get them?
CLINIC: What you mean? Get what, the pills?
CLINIC: When you have the pap smear and everything, they give you a prescription. If not, we call it into whatever pharmacy that you use. And you basically go to the pharmacy and pick them up, okay?
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: But first you probably want to just make sure that you’re not pregnant before you think about that. And then when you come and have your abortion, they also talk to you about birth control pills. And they also go ahead and give you a month supply to get you started after you have the abortion.
CALLER: Okay. But are you sure that no one would have to know that I was on birth control?
CLINIC: No, unless you just want to tell somebody. But otherwise, no. Like I said, everything is basically confidentiality. And then when you come, like I said, you do your paperwork and everything, and everything is held right here. And once again, if your boyfriend’s a certain age, that’s his age. You don’t have to reveal that to anybody. Because we don’t know — not that we don’t care, but you don’t have to tell us that. That’s none of our business.
CALLER: All right. Well, I’m just really confused and have a lot of questions. Could I call you back if I thought of anything else to ask? What was your name?
CLINIC: I’m Pat. What’s your name?
CALLER: It’s Lisa.
CLINIC: Okay, Lisa.
CLINIC: All right. Bye bye.