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#821 – Atlanta Women’s Medical Center in Atlanta, GA

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ATLANTA WOMEN’S MEDICAL CENTER
235 W WIEUCA RD NE
ATLANTA, GA 30342
404-257-0057

TAPE – 821

(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)

CLINIC: Atlanta Women’s Medical Center.

CLINIC: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Well, how much does it cost for that?

CLINIC: How many weeks are you into the pregnancy?

CALLER: I’m not really sure.

CLINIC: Do you know when you had a last period, the last period you had?

CALLER: Well, it was January 15th. That’s why I’m worried.

CLINIC: Okay. So you missed February, and you probably will miss March. This is an estimate, but you could be about seven or eight weeks pregnant. And that’s considered the first trimester price, which is 410. And that would be good until 12-and-a-half weeks. And we do a sonogram to make sure. And you’re processed through counseling, medical work-up, blood typing and recovery time. The abortion’s only about five or six minutes, the vacuum aspiration procedure. You could be awake, sleep or sedated, and that is all included in the 410.

Do you know what your blood type is?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: If it’s negative, with any center they’re going to add a fee. Our fee for negative blood type is 35 because you need an injection. And we would explain that if it was the case.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, I actually had another question.

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: I’m just kind of worried. My friend told me that, since I’ll be 14 later on this month, that you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of it, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: So you’re 13 right now?

CALLER: Right.

CLINIC: Because of the laws in Georgia — it’s like a parental notification law — unless you have a legal bypass, which would be really the only way not to tell your parents, we would have to have a notarized letter by them if they didn’t want to come. He could be the one to bring you, but you would still have to have them write a letter saying I’m aware of.

Do they know you’re in a relationship with him?

CALLER: Yeah. I mean, he works for my dad. They know we’re going out, but they don’t know we’re having sex. I mean, if they found out about that, I don’t know what they would do.

CLINIC: Well, I don’t know what you’re going to do.

CALLER: Well, what’s the legal bypass?

CLINIC: You would have to go to — I don’t know where you live; I don’t know courts’ numbers. But apparently there’s a way of going through the court and basically obtaining a legal document bypassing that you don’t need the parental consent. You would probably have to ask your boyfriend or try to call around and see where you could do that. But it’s really the only way I know of. And mention, I guess judicial bypass — tell them the circumstances. It would cause too much of a feud to let your parents know, but you want to terminate. I mean, that’s really the only other way. Either they would have to come sign the paperwork themselves or do the letter. Either way you’d have to tell them unless you got that bypass.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do they usually let you get a bypass?

CLINIC: I really haven’t known anyone to do it, so I don’t know how easy it is. But you should probably try to do it soon because you don’t want to have to — at your age, the further you are, the less likely a doctor — some doctors don’t want to do second-trimester abortions on someone your age.

CALLER: Okay. Well, could I come in for a pregnancy test just to make sure I am pregnant?

CLINIC: Sure, absolutely. Hold on a moment for me.

CALLER: All right.

(Pause)

CLINIC: One of my co-workers said that your best bet might right now be to contact Planned Parenthood who can apparently guide you through that process. And they’re real nice centers. And there’s one in Lynette (?), Lansing, Cobb —

CALLER: Would they have to tell my parents though?

CLINIC: No, not necessarily. You would try that. That’s what she thought, that they would be able to help you, I guess figure out how to do that, yeah. You could also come here if you wanted to get a pregnancy test. But that’s the one thing that she — if I had of known that Planned Parenthood would help — that’s a center that will also do testing, STD testing, gynecological care, pregnancy stuff.

CALLER: Well, my boyfriend just wanted to go to you guys. So I could get a pregnancy test where you’re at?

CLINIC: (Sigh) You could. Let’s see. It’s between 10 and 12 in the morning. You can walk on in. You could come tomorrow if you wanted. Does he not know where we are?

CALLER: He knows.

CLINIC: Okay. So do you want to come in tomorrow?

CALLER: Well, I have to call him to make sure he can get off work. But if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control from you guys too?

CLINIC: Let’s see, you could — I mean, have you been having regular periods? When did you start menstruating?

CALLER: About a couple years ago.

CLINIC: Have you ever missed a period like this?

CALLER: Not like this. I’ve missed like maybe a couple weeks or so but not this long.

CLINIC: Were you all having unprotected sex?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. So you have reason to believe you might be pregnant?

CALLER: Yes.

CLINIC: Well, you could most likely talk to the nurse about starting on something, but to get a full prescription, you’d have to come here for a like a pap smear, which we could set up.

CALLER: How much does that cost?

CLINIC: An annual, about $70. And if you wanted to have an ultra sound, if you found out you were pregnant, you could do that for $100. And that could be put toward your procedure as well.

CALLER: Okay. Well, my boyfriend he said he would pay for everything. But when we were talking about all this we decided we don’t want anyone to know about us. Would it be all right if he was paying for it, and he wouldn’t have to sign anything or have his name on any forms?

CLINIC: I can check. Hold on one second.

(Pause)

CLINIC: I’m just trying to get my co-worker’s opinion because of your age. One woman I was talking to thinks that because of your age and because of his age, it would be considered statutory rape. And they don’t know if that’s something —

CALLER: But he’s not — what do you mean? He’s not raping me or anything.

CLINIC: No, no, no. It’s a law. If you’re under age and he’s over age, they can technically consider that, even though he’s not raping you, yes. So that’s something that they may not allow for your parents not to know because of the difference in your age. I completely agree. Everyone says that– it’s consensual. But that’s, in the eyes of the law, something you might face.

I mean, there’s absolutely no way you could — I mean, you really don’t think that you could tell your parents?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: You might have to. If you were on your own, if you were living on your own, if you had a child, something to kind of consider yourself an emancipated person — but because you’re still living with your parents — and she has a more realistic view. I have not ever known anyone to do it, so that’s why I don’t know how strict they are. And hearing your story made her think that that would be more difficult.

CALLER: Well, what should I say then?

CLINIC: I don’t know. Hold one second.

CLINIC: Hello?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: I would suggest to you that you call Planned Parenthood and just find out what avenues you need to do. There are other facilities in the Atlanta area that are not as strict as we are. Because if you come here, you’re going to have to have a letter from the court. And in no type of way are we going to help you fraudulently do that. Or you will have to have a notarized letter from a parent. So there are other facilities that do not require all the things we do. You might want to try going to one of them. Because we are not going to do anything that is against the law here when it’s pertaining to abortion.

CALLER: So if I come in for a pregnancy test though, would it be all right if my boyfriend — like he wanted me to go to you guys to get a pregnancy test and stuff. Would he be able to be there for a pregnancy test, and you wouldn’t have to say anything?

CLINIC: The only thing a pregnancy test is, you’re going to urinate in a cup. And he is not going to be in the bathroom while you urinate and not going to be there while we do the test.

CALLER: So it’s all right if he brings me, and he waits in the lobby or whatever?

CLINIC: He can, um-hmm.

CALLER: But you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about him?

CLINIC: I mean, you’re only having a pregnancy test. You can go to Planned Parenthood and have that.

CALLER: Oh. All right.

CLINIC: Okay.

(Clinic hangs up phone)

CALLER: Well, if I —

***END***

#822 – Northside Women’s Clinic in Chamblee, GA

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NORTHSIDE WOMEN’S CLINIC
3543 CHAMBLEE DUNWOODY RD
CHAMBLEE, GA 30341
770-455-4210

TAPE – 822

(Dialing, phone ringing 4x)

CLINIC: Northside Women’s Clinic. Can you hold just a moment?

CALLER: Well, I was actually calling to see if you guys do abortions there.

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Do you know how much it cost for that?

CLINIC: When was the first day of your last normal period?

CALLER: January 15th.

CLINIC: And are you insured or have any medical benefits that can help you out in any way?

CALLER: No. My boyfriend said he would pay cash for everything.

CLINIC: Okay. If you’re uninsured and you’re between 6 and 11 weeks, the state has offered the uninsured patient the total of 435 for the procedure and 15 for the medicines that you would need after surgery.

CALLER: Okay. The thing is, I’m just kind of worried. I’m going to be 14 on the 19th of this month, and my friend said that you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22, and he said he would pay for everything. Would that be all right, and he could take care of it all, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: Well, unfortunately, Georgia law requires that if your parent doesn’t come with you to sign for you, you have to bring a letter signed stating that they understand you’re coming in for the termination of pregnancy.

CALLER: Oh. Well, is there any way not to have to tell my parents though?

CLINIC: Well, all I can tell you is that we don’t verify the letter, but you have to have it with you. And it becomes a part of your permanent record.

CALLER: Okay. So you don’t look for a signature or anything?

CLINIC: No. The signature has to be on there, but we don’t call to verify.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, me and my boyfriend were talking about all this. And he said he would pay for everything, but we just don’t want to have his name on anything. Would he have to sign anything?

CLINIC: No. The letter just has to be signed by a parent or guardian stating that they understand you’re here to terminate a pregnancy.

CALLER: Okay. Would you guys do a pregnancy test beforehand just to make sure?

CLINIC: Yes. They’ll do a test and an ultra sound before you ever go to surgery to make sure.

CALLER: If it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control from you guys? It’s just me and my boyfriend don’t want to have to worry about all this anymore.

CLINIC: Right. Unfortunately, since we’re just strictly an outpatient surgery, we don’t do any gynecology. We couldn’t do that. So they’d probably recommend that you go to the Health Department or if you have a doctor, to go back to your doctor.

CALLER: Would they have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: If I had any other questions, could I call and talk to you? What was your name?

CLINIC: Ricky. Okay?

CALLER: All right. Okay.

CLINIC: Thank you.

CALLER: Thanks.

***END***

#732 – Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta, GA

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FEMINIST WOMEN’S HEALTH CENTER
580 14TH ST. NW
ATLANTA, GA 30318
404-874-7551

TAPE – 732

(Dialing, phone ringing)

AUTOMATED VOICE: Thank you for calling the Feminist Women’s Health Center. Your call is very important to us. Please stay on the line to speak to one of our phone counselors or press 3 for directions. If you know your party’s extension, please dial it now. Thank you.

Transferring call. Please hold.

(Recording in Spanish)

(Phone ringing)

CLINIC: Hi. Can I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Okay. Well, how much does it cost for that?

CLINIC: And how many weeks?

CALLER: I’m not really sure. I just haven’t had my period since January 3rd.

CLINIC: That was the first day of your last normal period?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: You’re about nine weeks. So it’s $380.

CALLER: Okay. The thing is, I’m going to be 14 on the 19th of this month, and my friend told me that you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of it, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: You would have to either bring one of your parents or guardians with your or have a signed consent note from your parent.

CALLER: Well, is there any way — I mean, I can’t tell my parents at all. I mean, I don’t know what they would do if they found out. Is there any way not to have to tell them?

CLINIC: You just have to bring a note, and it just has to have a signature on it of your parents.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, do I need to go to the lawyer or something for a note or anything?

CLINIC: You need to go to a lawyer?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: No, you don’t need to go to a lawyer.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: You need to know what the note needs to say?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Are you ready?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: I, and then your parents’ name, am aware that my daughter then your name, is having an abortion on the day, month and year of your appointment, at the Feminist Women’s Health Center.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Your parent needs to sign the note.

CALLER: Does it need to be typed or anything?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Oh. Okay. Well, what if they won’t sign it?

CLINIC: Then we wouldn’t be able to see you.

CALLER: Oh. Well, how do you know that it’s my parents that sign it?

CLINIC: We just need to have a signature.

CALLER: Okay. All right. My boyfriend said that he would pay for everything. Would that be all right if he was there with me?

CLINIC: You have to have somebody come with you who’s over 18.

CALLER: Well, he’s 22. So that would be all right?

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: Okay. It’s just we were talking about all this, and we don’t want anybody to know about us. Would he have to sign anything if he was paying for it?

CLINIC: It depends on how — he would have to sign something because he’s going to be here with you, and you’re under 18.

CALLER: Okay. But would anybody know about us if he was here?

CLINIC: We wouldn’t tell anyone.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: That doesn’t mean you wouldn’t tell anyone.

CALLER: Okay. Well, he said that he would pay for everything in cash. Is that all right?

CLINIC: No. You have to pay with a credit card of money order.

CALLER: Oh, okay. So he could get a money order then?

CLINIC: Correct. But we don’t put them to sleep here. Are you comfortable with that?

CALLER: I guess.

CLINIC: You could go to other clinics in Atlanta, and they could put you to sleep.

CALLER: Oh. Well, my boyfriend just told me to call you guys. How much should his money order be for?

CLINIC: Do you want to make an appointment?

CALLER: Well, I’d have to call him to see when he can bring me and get the time off work.

CLINIC: $335 is the price.

CALLER: Oh, okay. All right. Well, do you guys do a pregnancy test beforehand just to make sure?

CLINIC: We do an ultra sound.

CALLER: Okay. If it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys do birth control there?

CLINIC: Yes.

CALLER: But would you have to have my parents or anybody know about me being on birth control?

CLINIC: I’m not sure about that one. Hold on.

AUTOMATED VOICE: — I-85, one block east of Northside Drive on 14th Street. If taking MARTA, get off at the Midtown station, and take Bus Number 37 to 14th Street. If you need detail directions, please hold for one of our phone counselors.

(Music playing)

AUTOMATED VOICE: (Message in Spanish)

AUTOMATED VOICE: The Feminist Women’s Health Center offers an empowering well-woman program, by women, for women, which includes annual exams, pap smears, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, lesbian health care, birth control —

CLINIC: Hello?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: Yeah, you can get birth control without your parents knowing.

CALLER: Okay. All right. So I could come in there for a pregnancy test and birth control, and nobody would have to know anything?

CLINIC: Correct.

CALLER: Okay. But my parents have to send a note if I’m getting an abortion?

CLINIC: Correct.

CALLER: What time do you normally have your appointments?

CLINIC: We have them on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

CALLER: Okay. What time on Saturday?

CLINIC: Usually about 5:30 in the morning.

CALLER: All right. Well, could I do the pregnancy test then, and then find out, and then get started, and do it all on Saturday?

CLINIC: This Saturday we don’t have any appointments left.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, could I get a pregnancy test done on Saturday?

CLINIC: Yes.

CALLER: Oh, okay. And then if I can get a note from my parents then —

CLINIC: You could have an appointment another day.

CALLER: Okay. All right. Well, let me call my boyfriend and call you back. What was your name?

CLINIC: My name’s Heather.

CALLER: All right. Thank you.

CLINIC: Okay. Bye.

***END***

#733 – Atlanta Surgery Center – Midtown Hospital in Atlanta, GA

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ATLANTA SURGERY CENTER – MIDTOWN HOSPITAL
580 14TH ST. NW
ATLANTA, GA 30308
404-875-3411

TAPE – 733

(Dialing, phone ringing)

CLINIC: Thank you for calling Atlanta Surgi-Center. How may I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.

CLINIC: Yes.

CALLER: How much does it cost for that?

CLINIC: How far along are you?

CALLER: Well, I’m not really sure. How do you know?

CLINIC: Okay. Do you have a OB/GYN or something you can go to to find out how far along you are?

CALLER: Well, no. My friend told me to call you guys.

CLINIC: (Chuckle) Do you know when you had your last cycle?

CALLER: January 3rd.

CLINIC: Hold please.

AUTOMATED VOICE: — for information and referral services. Counselors are knowledgeable, nonjudgmental, and trained to explain all aspects of the time you’ll spend with us. The Atlanta Surgi-Center, offering caring, respectful and informative counseling.

With our almost three decades of experience, we’ve learned that an abortion clinic must be more than a medical facility. It must be a place where all women find the knowledgeable and caring support of the entire staff. At the Atlanta Surgi-Center, you’ll find this knowledge and support from the staff members in the business office, lab, counseling, nursing and OR. The Atlanta Surgi-Center, offering a caring and supportive staff.

The Atlanta Surgi-Center is proud to have two female physicians on staff and a certified nurse practitioner. The Atlanta Surgi-Center continues to be a place where women can turn for assistance and support from the very best medical professionals.

CLINIC: Thank you for holding. How may I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to get information about getting an abortion.

CLINIC: Um-hmm.

CALLER: Was I talking to you before?

CLINIC: Um-hmm.

CALLER: I was telling you that my last period was January 3rd, so I was wondering how much it would cost.

CLINIC: It will cost you $408.

CALLER: Okay. The thing is, I’m going to be 14 later on this month, and my friend said that you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just sign whatever it is, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: Okay. Hold on.

AUTOMATED VOICE: — and staff members. All of our physicians are specialists in gynecology and —

CLINIC: Okay, ma’am, you said you’re 14?

CALLER: Well, I’ll be 14 on the 19th of this month.

CLINIC: We can’t do nothing without your parents here.

CALLER: Without them there.

CLINIC: That’s the law of Georgia. No one is going to see you unless one of your parents come with you.

CALLER: Oh. Where is there any way not to have my parents there? I mean, I can’t tell them at all.

CLINIC: It’s not. Honestly, it’s not.

CALLER: Oh. So there’s nothing I can do?

CLINIC: It’s nothing you can do. That’s the law in Georgia. Can’t no one in Georgia get around in it unless you go somewhere else. But as long as you’re here, you won’t be seen without your parents.

CALLER: Okay. Where else could I go?

CLINIC: You can try Kansas City, Missouri.

CALLER: Okay. And they wouldn’t have to have my parents know?

CLINIC: More than likely, they will too.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, could I come in there for a pregnancy test just to make sure I am pregnant?

CLINIC: See, they won’t — they can’t do nothing with you without your parents. You can go to the pharmacy and get a pregnancy test.

CALLER: Are those usually right though?

CLINIC: Yes.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: Um-hmm.

CALLER: Okay. Well, if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control from you guys? It’s just that me and my boyfriend don’t want to have to worry about this anymore.

CLINIC: See, I don’t want to give you a hard time. You can go to the clinic and see if they will do it. But because of your age, you know, don’t nobody really want to be responsible for it because they can get sued.

CALLER: Sued?

CLINIC: Yeah.

CALLER: Okay. All right.

CLINIC: I’m sorry.

CALLER: Where can I go for birth control?

CLINIC: Any clinic.

CALLER: Oh. But would they have to tell my parents?

CLINIC: They probably won’t give it to you without your parents. Have you took a pregnancy test yet?

CALLER: Well, no. I just haven’t had my period for a while, and I’m just really worried.

CLINIC: When is the last time you had your period?

CALLER: January 3rd.

CLINIC: And you haven’t had it since then?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: You’re about 10 weeks pregnant.

CALLER: Okay. All right.

CLINIC: Why you can’t tell your parents?

CALLER: Well, they can’t find out at all. I mean, if they found out — I mean, they know my boyfriend. He works with my dad. They just don’t know that we’re having sex. But if they found out about that, I don’t know what they would do.

CLINIC: Yeah, because they might prosecute him because of his age.

CALLER: Prosecute him?

CLINIC: Yes. Because he’s 22, right?

CALLER: Yeah. Well, what can happen?

CLINIC: I mean, just don’t let them know it was him. They don’t have to know that.

CALLER: Oh. Okay. But he’s my boyfriend.

CLINIC: I mean, you can make up some type — you know, you don’t have to let them it was him.

CALLER: Okay. So what shall I do then?

CLINIC: I don’t know, sweetie. I’m so sorry. But you really need to — can you talk to your mom about it?

(Phone ringing)

CALLER: No. I mean, both of my parents. They don’t listen to me at all. They don’t ever understand anything.

CLINIC: Hold on. Hold on.

(Pause)

AUTOMATED VOICE: Choosing how to deal with your pregnancy is a difficult and private decision. At the Atlanta Surgi-Center, we’ll help you make an informed choice —

CLINIC: Sweetie, I understand what you’re saying. But my advice, you need to talk to your mom or your dad, whichever one you feel you can talk to.

CALLER: I can’t talk to either one.

CLINIC: I’m sorry. It ain’t nothing I can do.

CALLER: Okay. Well, I’m just really confused. I just have a lot of questions. Could I call you back and ask you, if I thought of something to ask you? What was your name?

CLINIC: Okay. You can call me back in like 10 minutes, but let me get these other two lines, okay? I’m the —

CALLER: Well, what was your name so that I can ask for you.

CLINIC: — only person that answers — I’m the only person that answers the phone.

CALLER: Oh, all right.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: Okay, thanks.

***END***

#703 – Savannah Medical Clinic in Savannah, GA

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SAVANNAH MEDICAL CLINIC
1289 BROAD ST.
SAVANNAH, GA 31401
912-236-1603

TAPE – 703

(dialing sound) (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: Savannah Medical Clinic.

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there?

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know how much it costs?

CLINIC: 8 to 12 weeks with sedation is $380.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: If you wanted to be awake it’s $320. Anything after 12 weeks the cost does go up, and we only do our procedures on Tuesday and Thursday by appointment only.

CALLER: Okay. Well, how do you know how far you are?

CLINIC: We go by the beginning date of your last normal period.

CALLER: Oh. Well, that was January 3.

CLINIC: Okay. That’s putting you approximately about 9 weeks right now.

CALLER: Okay. So well, it’s just my problem is like I’m going to be 14 later on this month and my friend told me that you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of it and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No. If you’re 17 or under you’d have to have parental consent in the state of Georgia.

CALLER: Oh. Well, is there any way not to have to tell my parents?

CLINIC: No, because they would have to sign for you.

CALLER: Oh. So I’d have to tell my parents?

CLINIC: Uh-huh, because one of them would have to come with you.

CALLER: But I can’t tell my parents at all. I mean, is there any place else that I could go?

CLINIC: No, because like I said, in the state of Georgia — I’m not sure about South Carolina or Florida. I mean, I don’t know the laws you know, there, but like I said, in the state of Georgia 17 and under you have to have parental consent.

CALLER: Oh. Well, it’s just my boyfriend said that he would pay cash for everything. But like –

CLINIC: It still doesn’t matter.

CALLER: Okay. Well, so, but could I come in there for a pregnancy test just to see if I was pregnant?

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: But would you have to tell anybody then?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Oh. Okay. Well, how much does it cost for a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: $2 if you’re 6 weeks or over at least or $10 that will pick up from 10 to 14 days.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And we do them walk-in basis 9:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday.

CALLER: Okay. And it would be all right if my boyfriend was there with me?

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: Okay. Well, if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control though?

CLINIC: Umm — (pause) — you would have to make an appointment to have a pap and pelvic done.

CALLER: Okay. How much does that cost?

CLINIC: It’s $60.

CALLER: Okay. But would anybody have to know if I was on birth control though?

CLINIC: Hold on just a minute, okay? I’m, even with that I do believe you’d have to have somebody, but hold on. Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: (pause) Okay. This is what you need to do, okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: You need — there is a teen clinic that you can go to.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Let me give you their telephone number, okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: It’s 651-2384.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And they should be able to help you and all that kind of stuff do the, you know, possibly be able to do the pap and the pelvic and everything else and get you on birth control pills without your parents knowing.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay? But I’m not for sure now, okay? But you need to call them and find out.

CALLER: Okay. Well, if I could get –

CLINIC: I mean, you can still come here for a pregnancy test.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: You can still do that.

CALLER: Do I need to make an appointment for that or –

CLINIC: No. That’s walk-in.

CALLER: If I had any other questions could I call and talk to you? What was your name?

CLINIC: My name is Dana.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: You can call me back if you run into some problems. Okay?

CALLER: All right. Thank you.

CLINIC: You’re welcome.

CALLER: Bye.

CLINIC: Bye bye.

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#482 – Planned Parenthood Of Georgia in Marietta, GA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF GEORGIA
180 COBB PKWY N # C11
MARIETTA, GA 30062-3501
770-424-1477

TAPE – 482

(dialing sound) (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. This is Shannon speaking. Can I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?

CLINIC: No, we don’t. But if you’ll hold on just one moment I’ll give you some phone numbers of some places.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay? Hold on, please. (pause) Okay, thanks for holding. The first place that we have is the Atlanta Surgi Center. The telephone number is 404-892-8608. The second place is the Atlanta Women’s Medical Center. And that is 404-257-0057. The third place is the Feminist Women’s Health Center. That telephone number is 404-874-7551. And then another place is Northside Women’s Clinic, and that’s 770-455-4210. And these are all in Atlanta.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, do you know — like I’m just really worried because like — well like my friend told me like since that I’ll be 14 in March that they would have to tell my parents I’m getting an abortion. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just sign whatever it is and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody anything?

CLINIC: Um, I do believe that you have to have parental consent if you’re that young.

CALLER: Oh. Well, is there any way not to have to tell my parents? It’s just, I can’t tell them anything.

CLINIC: I’m not real familiar with those rules and laws and stuff. You’ll have to call and ask them what they need from you. And sometimes, I think some places do it with a note.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: So, yeah, bring parent or note if they’re a minor.

CALLER: What kind of note?

CLINIC: The Feminist Women’s Health Center. I don’t know. I guess it’s just a permission thing.

CALLER: Like from my parents, or –

CLINIC: Yeah. I mean, yeah. And then you just have to be accompanied by someone 18 or older. But if you’re boyfriend’s 22, then he’s 18 or older.

CALLER: Yeah. All right.

CLINIC: You have to call these places though and find out.

CALLER: Okay. Well, could I come there for a pregnancy test just to see if I was pregnant?

CLINIC: Oh, yes. We do them for $20 here. And you don’t — you just come in.

CALLER: Well, would you guys have to tell anybody that I was there for that?

CLINIC: Oh, no. No, no, no. Ours is totally confidential.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: Regardless of age.

CALLER: Well, my boyfriend — I would really feel better if he was there with me because — would that be all right?

CLINIC: Yeah. That’s fine.

CALLER: Okay. Well, he said that he was going to pay for everything. So, but we don’t, we were talking about all this, and we don’t want anyone to know about us. Would he have to sign anything?

CLINIC: Oh, no, no, no. No, no, no.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Nope. And he can pay cash, check, credit card or whatever. It’s not — no, no, no. Ours is totally confidential.

CALLER: All right. Well, if it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control there?

CLINIC: Yes, you could, and that’s confidential also.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: Yeah. You wouldn’t need your parents’ permission to do that either.

CALLER: Okay. It’s just me and my boyfriend don’t want to have to go through all this again.

CLINIC: Yeah.

CALLER: So. If I was on birth control, could he pick it up? Because I can’t drive. I don’t have a car or anything.

CLINIC: Yes, he can. The only thing is that you would have to come like after the third pack because they need you to take your blood pressure, or whatever. But, yeah, most of the time — a lot of guys get their pills for their girlfriends or wives, or whatever. It’s not really a problem.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: All right. Okay. Thanks.

CLINIC: Good luck. You’re more than welcome to come in. We close at 4:00 today. We close at 6:00 on Wednesday. We’re closed on Thursday. We’re open 8:00 to 3:00 on Friday and 9:00 to 1:00 on Saturday.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay, thanks.

CLINIC: Bye bye.

(phone clicks)

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#212 – Planned Parenthood in Lilburn, GA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
950 INDIAN TRAIL RD NW # 5D
LILBURN, GA 30047-6870
770-381-2664

TAPE – 212

(dialing sound) (ringing 5X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. How can I help you?

CALLER: Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.

CLINIC: No, we do not do terminations. I can give you numbers to clinics that do in the Atlanta area.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Ready?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: First one is the Atlanta Woman’s Medical Center.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: 404-257-0057.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: The Northside Woman’s Clinic. 770-455-4210. The Atlanta Surgical Center, 404-892-8608.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: The Feminist Woman Health Center. 404-874-7551.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: That’s it.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you like — my friend told me that you have to be a certain age for that. Like I’ll be 14 in March. Is that all right?

CLINIC: You will have to call the clinics and ask them that.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, do you know like if it’s all right if my boyfriend takes me?

CLINIC: Um-hum. Yeah. You are — when you call them, because you need to set up an appointment; and you can’t just show up — when you call them they’ll tell you that you need to show up with someone.

CALLER: Okay. My friend also said that you guys have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion. Is that true?

CLINIC: We don’t. We don’t.

CALLER: All right. All right.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Because — okay. I just can’t tell my parents at all. So –

CLINIC: How old are you?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: Okay. When you call the clinic, they’ll go over everything with you.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And you can go with your boyfriend as long as he’s older than 21.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: It has to be an adult older than 21.

CALLER: So an adult older than 21 can take me? Because my boyfriend’s 22.

CLINIC: Yeah.

CALLER: And they wouldn’t have to tell anybody about it or anything?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Okay. Well, say that I wasn’t pregnant. Could I get birth control where you’re at?

CLINIC: Yeah. Have you taken a pregnancy test?

CALLER: Well, I took a home pregnancy test over the weekend, and it was positive, but I don’t know if I did it right.

CLINIC: Okay. When was the last time you had sex?

CALLER: Well, it was like two days ago.

CLINIC: Okay. If you took a pregnancy test and it told you it was positive, it’s looking for a hormone that’s only in your body when you’re pregnant.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: So you are pregnant.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: When you go to have the termination when you call them, they’ll give you all the information you need.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Your parents don’t have to go with you. There’s something called parental notification.

CALLER: Okay. How do I –

CLINIC: You need to go to the clinic with a note. (hinting) It doesn’t have to be signed right in front of a lawyer. It doesn’t have to be notarized or anything. It’s just a note on a piece of paper that says that your parents know or your legal guardian knows that you’re going to go and have the termination done.

CALLER: But they can’t find out at all.

CLINIC: What do you mean?

CALLER: Like they can’t find out that I’m going to find out I’m going to have an abortion because they hate my boyfriend because they think he’s too old for me.

CLINIC: That’s the law in Georgia. They don’t — you need to have a note from a parent that says that they know that you’re going to have the termination.

CALLER: And there’s no way that they can’t find out?

CLINIC: That’s the law in Georgia. It’s not–

(Hinting) You don’t have to sign it in front of a judge. You don’t have to have it notarized or sign in front of a lawyer. Just a note on a piece of paper saying “I know that X person is going to have a termination.” And then sign it. That’s it.

CALLER: Yeah. But if they have to sign that paper, they’re going to know. I mean, is there any way they don’t have to do that? I mean, what can I do?

CLINIC: Not to my knowledge. Not to my knowledge. You can call the clinics and see what they tell you, but in Georgia you have to do that.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: All right. Well, but you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody about my boyfriend or anything?

CLINIC: We don’t do that. You’re not going to come and have a termination at Planned Parenthood, so we wouldn’t have anything to do with it.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Even if you did, we don’t divulge information to anyone. All services are confidential.

CALLER: Okay. Well, is it all right if I call and talk to my boyfriend and then call you back if I had any questions?

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: Because you’re just nice, and I don’t want to talk to anyone else, so.

CLINIC: That’s fine.

CALLER: What was your name?

CLINIC: Denise.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Um-hum.

(phone clicks)

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#213 – Planned Parenthood in Atlanta, GA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
100 EDGEWOOD AVE NE # 1604
ATLANTA, GA 30303-3026
404-688-9300

TAPE – 213

(dialing sound) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Good morning. Planned Parenthood.

CALLER: Hi. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.

CLINIC: No, we do not.

CALLER: Do you know of any place that might?

CLINIC: I can give you a referral.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Where do you live?

CALLER: I live in Fayetteville.

CLINIC: Okay. Are you ready to take this down?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: The Atlanta SurgiCenter, 404-892-8608.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: The Atlanta Women’s Medical Center, 404-257-0057. And the Feminist Women’s Health Center, 404-674-7551.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know if you have to be a specific age for that? Like I’ll be 14 in March. Is that –

CLINIC: 14?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: Yeah. You have to be 18.

CALLER: Oh. Well, what do I do then?

CLINIC: You will need to notify one of your parents.

CALLER: Really? There’s like no way that I can do that because they can’t find out at all because they like absolutely hate my boyfriend because — well, like they think he’s too old for me, but like he’s only 22. So I don’t understand. But they can’t find out at all.

CLINIC: Then you would need to get what’s called a judicial bypass.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Where you go before the court and you plead to the judge your case why you’re mature enough to make this decision on your own without notifying a parent.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And you would have to do that.

CALLER: Well, do I need like a lawyer or anything?

CLINIC: What you would need to do is come in and — because I do judicial bypasses.

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: And go over — how many weeks pregnant are you?

CALLER: Well, I’m not real sure. Like my last period was like the second week in December.

CLINIC: Okay. What you would need to do is come in here and get proof of pregnancy. That means a urine pregnancy test and a pelvic exam.

CALLER: Okay. And they wouldn’t have to tell anybody about that?

CLINIC: Right.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And you would come in here and get that done, and then you’d come over and see me. My name’s Elizabeth, and I would do, fill out the paperwork for a judicial bypass, and then you would have to see, go meet with the lawyer, and then he would set up a court date, and you’d go with the lawyer to the court.

CALLER: How much does that — like how much does a lawyer cost? Do I have to pay –

CLINIC: No, that doesn’t — it doesn’t cost you anything.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: You’ll just need to — are you in school?

CALLER: Well, I’m homeschooled.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: But does the judge ever say no or anything?

CLINIC: Excuse me?

CALLER: Does the judge ever say no or anything?

CLINIC: They can.

CALLER: Well, I don’t know. What would I do then?

CLINIC: You would either continue the pregnancy or notify a parent.

CALLER: Okay. Okay. Well, is it okay if my boyfriend brings me and everything to get like the pregnancy test?

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: Okay. Well, it’s just my friend told me that you guys have to ask about him. Like he’s 22, so is it all right like if he takes care of everything?

CLINIC: I’m not sure because of the age difference and you only being 13.

CALLER: Well, what do you mean? I don’t understand.

CLINIC: Well, I don’t know if there would be a problem with that.

CALLER: Like what kind of problem?

CLINIC: Well, because of the law.

CALLER: What do you mean? I don’t understand.

CLINIC: Well, I’m sure it wouldn’t be a problem, but you know the law of the age differences.

CALLER: But we’re in love. We’re going to get married.

CLINIC: Excuse me?

CALLER: We’re in love. We’re going to get married.

CLINIC: I mean, I’m sure there’s not going to be a problem with him bringing you. I mean, I’m sure there’s not.

CALLER: Okay. But you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Okay. Okay. Like say that I wasn’t pregnant after you guys do the pregnancy test. Do you guys have birth control there?

CLINIC: Yes.

CALLER: But you wouldn’t have to tell anybody I’m on birth control?

CLINIC: Correct.

CALLER: Okay. Well, it’s just my boyfriend’s real worried about having to go through this again, so.

CLINIC: Go through what again?

CALLER: Like being scared of being pregnant and having to have an abortion and everything.

CLINIC: Have you been pregnant before?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: Okay. Okay. Well, you would just need to come in and get proof of pregnancy and then start working on the judicial bypass.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Thank you.

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Bye.

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#214 – Planned Parenthood in Augusta, GA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
1289 BROAD ST
AUGUSTA, GA 30901-1193
706-724-5557

TAPE – 214

(dialing sound) (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. May I help you?

CALLER: Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Okay. How much does that cost?

CLINIC: It’s $395 if you want to be awake. If you want to be asleep it’s $490.

CALLER: Okay. Well, is there a specific age for that? Like I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: You’ll be 14 in March?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: You need to have a parental notification. You need to come with your legal guardian or a parent. You cannot do it on your own. You can do it on your own, but we need to have — there’s no special price for that, but if you’re 14 you have to be asleep. We need to put you to sleep.

CALLER: Okay. Well, is there any way not to have my parents there because they can’t –

CLINIC: No. No. We have to — they can’t — they don’t have to be here, but one of your parents has to sign a notification that they know that you’re having the abortion. It cannot be done without their — we don’t need for them to agree to it. But they need to sign a form that they are aware that that’s what you are doing.

CALLER: Well, my boyfriend’s 22. Can he sign it?

CLINIC: No. You have to have a legal guardian.

CALLER: Oh. Well, is there any way not to tell them?

CLINIC: No. No.

CALLER: Because they hate my boyfriend and they can’t find out at all because like they just think he’s too old for me, and if they found out that — if they found out we were having sex they would freak.

CLINIC: Yes, but that’s the law. I’m sorry. I mean, this is the law all over Georgia. If you are 14 you cannot have it done unless a legal guardian — whether it’s an aunt, a brother, sister, that the legal guardian or parent, especially at your age a parent has to be notified and they have to sign a paper.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: They don’t have to agree to it, but they have to sign that they know.

CALLER: Oh. Well, do you have to tell anybody about my boyfriend or anything?

CLINIC: Do you what?

CALLER: Do you guys have to tell anything, anybody about my boyfriend?

CLINIC: We have a confidentiality. We don’t say anything to anybody.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: But we need to have one of your parents come and sign a paper.

CALLER: But I can’t do that.

CLINIC: I know. I’m sorry. But this is the law because we cannot break the law.

CALLER: But I mean, if they found out I don’t know what they would do. They would flip out.

CLINIC: I understand, but if you want to come and talk to somebody you’re more than welcome to come down here, but this is the law. We can’t change it.

CALLER: But would you guys have to tell my parents if I’m there?

CLINIC: We don’t have to tell anybody, but if you want to have surgery we cannot do it without your parental notification. It’s not going to happen. We just can’t do it.

CALLER: So there’s like nothing I can do at all?

CLINIC: The only thing you can — any — if you’re planning to have an abortion anywhere you go one of your parents has to sign a form telling that you know that that’s what you’re doing.

CALLER: Well, my –

CLINIC: That’s going to happen anywhere you go. This is the state law.

CALLER: Well, my friend, she said that she could go to a lawyer. Is there anything I could do like with that?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: No?

CLINIC: I don’t know where she got that information, but a lawyer cannot sign instead of a legal guardian of yourself. That’s just the law. This is the Georgia law. It’s a state law, and this is what is required. We cannot do it otherwise.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All right?

CALLER: Well, is it all right if I call you back if I had any other questions?

CLINIC: Sure. You can call any time. We close at 1;00.

CALLER: Okay. Well, what was your name?

CLINIC: Micky.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All right?

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: You’re welcome.

CALLER: Bye.

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#215 – Planned Parenthood in Savannah, GA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
44 LEE BLVD. # B
SAVANNAH, GA 31405-5708
912-351-0116

TAPE – 215

(dialing sound) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. Can I help you?

CALLER: Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.

CLINIC: We don’t. Can you hold on one moment and I’ll tell you who does?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Thanks. (pause) Okay, are you there?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: The only place in Savanna that does them is Savannah Medical Clinic.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: You want their number?

CALLER: Yes, please.

CLINIC: 236-6603.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, I was actually wanting to know if I could ask some questions.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: Well, like my friend told me that you guys have to know how old I am before I can have an abortion. Well, like I’ll be 14 in March. Is that all right?

CLINIC: Well, you need to call them, because you probably are going to need your parents’ consent.

CALLER: Oh. Is there any way not to tell my parents? Because they can’t find out because — well the problem is, they — like my boyfriend’s 22, and we’re in love and we’re going to get married, but my parents hate him because they think he’s too old for me.

CLINIC: Uh-huh. What you need to do since we don’t do them here and I’m not that familiar is to give them a call at that number, and they’ll be able to tell you.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay? Call them and ask them exactly what the laws are.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, my friend just actually told me to talk to you guys. But do you guys do the pregnancy test there?

CLINIC: We sure do.

CALLER: Is it all right if he brings me in?

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: And you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody anything?

CLINIC: Right. Everything’s confidential.

CALLER: Okay. Well, say that I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys have birth control there?

CLINIC: We do. We’d have to bring you back in and get you in for an exam, but yeah. And we do the pregnancy test by appointment only.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And for you that would only cost — the cost would be $5.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay? Do you want to schedule an appointment?

CALLER: Well, I’d have to call my boyfriend to see when he can get off work, but you guys wouldn’t have to say anything about him ta all?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Okay. To anybody?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: All right. Thanks.

CALLER: Well, when I talk to my boyfriend if he has any questions is it okay if I ask you?

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: Because I just like you. You’re nice.

CLINIC: Okay, sure. Call the clinic, that’s fine.

CALLER: Oh, well is it all right if I call you? Like what was your name?

CLINIC: Well, you can call whoever’s answering the phone.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: Because everybody here will talk to you.

CALLER: Oh, well, okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: All right. Thanks. Bye bye.

CALLER: Bye.

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