Listen to the Call:
FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATES MEDICAL GROUP
5086 N. ELSTON AVE.
CHICAGO, IL 60630
TAPE – 761
(Dialing, phone ringing 3x)
CLINIC: Family Planning Associates. This is Kathy (sp). May I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: Yes. Hold on please.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Thank you for holding. You’re holding for?
CALLER: Hi. I was talking to Kathy.
CLINIC: Oh, okay. I’m sorry. Hold on. She’ll be right with you.
CLINIC: Hi. May I help you?
CALLER: Yeah, hi. Is this Kathy?
CALLER: Oh, yeah. I was trying to ask some questions about getting an abortion.
CLINIC: Okay. And when was your last period?
CALLER: January 3rd.
CLINIC: Are you under any insurance?
CALLER: Well, no. The thing is, I’m going to be 14 later on this month, and my friend told me that you guys would have to tell my parents about all this. But my boyfriend’s 22. And he said he was going to pay for everything. But is that all right if it he takes care of it, and you won’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: In the state of Illinois there are no regulations, meaning you do not have to tell a parent, spouse or whoever that you’re having an abortion. There are no age restrictions in the state of Illinois. It’s fine. But the problem is you’re 14 years old. Why are you seeing somebody that’s 22 years old? That person’s eight years older than you are.
CALLER: Yeah. Well, but we’re in love. We’re going to get married. He’s a great guy.
CLINIC: That doesn’t matter. If somebody found out that you were seeing this person and you got pregnant by this person, he can go to jail.
CALLER: He can go to jail?
CLINIC: Sure he can.
CALLER: Well, why?
CLINIC: Because you’re a minor, and you’re under age of 18.
CALLER: Well, he can’t go to jail. I mean, he’s the only one that’s here for me.
CLINIC: I know, but he could go to jail. I’m just forewarning you.
CALLER: Are you going to tell anybody?
CLINIC: We are bound by confidentiality. But your friends know you’re pregnant it sounds like, correct?
CALLER: Well, just my one friend.
CLINIC: Just your one friend. How confident are you and your one friend that she’s not going to say something to somebody else?
CALLER: Well, she had an abortion already.
CLINIC: Okay. When was your last period? You said January 3rd?
CLINIC: And are you under any insurance? Oh. He’ll be paying cash.
CLINIC: It runs 295 if you’re awake or 370 to be asleep.
CALLER: Okay. He said he was going to pay for everything, right?
CALLER: But he doesn’t want anyone to know about us? Would he have to fill out any forms if he was paying?
CLINIC: Nope, uh-uh. No.
CALLER: Do you guys do a pregnancy test beforehand just to make sure? Because I haven’t had one.
CLINIC: Yeah. Definitely we do do a pregnancy test.
CALLER: Oh, okay. I’m just worried to do one from the store because I don’t know that they are — are they right?
CLINIC: Yeah, they can be right.
CALLER: Okay. If it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control from you guys?
CLINIC: Yeah. You can make an appointment for that. That’s not a problem at all.
CALLER: But would you have to tell anybody?
CALLER: How much does it cost for birth control?
CLINIC: The exam is 80. The birth control pills can be purchased here for $17 a pack.
CALLER: The thing is I can’t drive or anything. Would my boyfriend be able to pick up the pills?
CALLER: So when do you guys normally do pregnancy tests there?
CLINIC: Everyday of the week we do pregnancy testing.
CALLER: What time?
CLINIC: Monday through Friday, 8 to 5; Saturday, 8 ’til 2.
CALLER: How much does it cost to get that?
CLINIC: To get the pregnancy test?
CLINIC: No charge.
CALLER: Oh, really?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Okay. You can stop in anytime.
CLINIC: All righty.
CALLER: So could I call you back — was your name Kathy — if I had any questions?
CLINIC: Not a problem.
CALLER: All right. Okay. Thanks.
CLINIC: Bye bye.