Listen to the Call:
ACCESSED HEALTH CENTER
1700 75TH ST.
DOWNERS GROVE, IL 60516
TAPE – 764
(Dialing, phone ringing 2x)
CLINIC: Accessed Health Center. May I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: That’s one of our services.
CALLER: Okay. Well, how much does it cost for that?
CLINIC: What was the first day of your last period?
CALLER: January 3rd.
CLINIC: Was that normal?
CLINIC: Do you have insurance?
CALLER: 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. But my boyfriend’s 22. And he said he would pay for everything. But is he old enough to take care of it, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: You have insurance, but it’s in your parents’ name.
CALLER: No. By boyfriend said that he would pay for everything.
CLINIC: Okay. But you are a student. You are under your parents’ care and your parents have insurance. But you don’t want your parents to know. That’s what I’m trying to find out right now.
CLINIC: Do you have a school i.d. or a class schedule?
CALLER: Well, no. I’m homeschooled.
CLINIC: Are you working at all?
CALLER: But my boyfriend said he’d pay cash for everything.
CLINIC: That’s fine. I don’t care about him right now. I’m trying to worry about you.
CALLER: Okay. Why?
CLINIC: Why? Because you’re the one that’s getting it done; he’s not.
CALLER: Oh, all right.
CLINIC: Between 6 and 12 weeks in gestation, that’s $390. If the ultra sound says that you are between 12.1 and 14 weeks, it’s $525.
CALLER: So where am I?
CLINIC: Well, you could be either place right now. You’re kind of in between. We won’t know until the ultra sound. Do you know your blood type?
CLINIC: Do you have MVP or a heart murmur?
CALLER: Not that I know of.
CLINIC: If you are RH negative, we have to give you a shot of Rhogam. And that happens every time that you are pregnant. And that will be an additional $50. The only other thing that would increase the fee is you can buy your medications from us. There are two that you have to start taking afterwards. One is called tetracycline, and that’s an antibiotic to keep infection away. The other one is called Methergine, and that will help make your uterus go back to its normal size, and it also helps control your bleeding a little bit. And we charge 24 for both of them.
CALLER: Well, me and boyfriend were talking about all this, and he said that he would pay 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. You’re the one’s doing the surgery.
CALLER: So his name wouldn’t have to be on anything?
CALLER: Okay. All right. He was just kind of worried about that.
But I haven’t had a pregnancy test yet. Would you guys do one of those before you get started with —
CLINIC: You need to do one before you come in. Because it’s not even worth coming in if you’re not pregnant. You can stop in and do one here if you want to, but it’s not worth making an appointment until you know that you are pregnant.
CALLER: Okay. Well, how much does it cost to get a pregnancy where you’re at?
CLINIC: It’s free.
CALLER: Really? Okay. Well, if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control from you guys?
CLINIC: You have to have a full exam and all of that. We don’t just give out birth control.
CALLER: Okay. Well, how much does it cost for the exam?
CLINIC: Approximately $120.
CALLER: And after that I could get birth control, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about that either?
CALLER: Oh, okay. So you’re sure that no one has to know anything about any of this?
CALLER: Okay. All right. I just have so many questions, and I’m just really worried. But if I thought of anything else to ask, could I call and talk to you? What was your name?
CLINIC: Well, my name is Jody. But anybody that answers the phone will be able to answer any of your questions about termination.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: Okay. Because that’s what we’re all suppose to know.
CALLER: Do you know if I got a pregnancy test at a store would that be as good as the one you guys do or is yours better?
CLINIC: Only if you use your first morning urine, which means you have to do it the first thing when you get up in the morning. And what that first morning urine means is that anytime from the time that you go to bed to the first time that you wake up. So for any reason you woke up in the middle of the night and had to use the bathroom, that’s your first morning urine.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: Okay? So that’s the one that’s the most concentrated, and that’s going to give you your best result. If you use one of the home tests, you have to read the test at the time that they tell you to. Because sometimes if you let them sit too long, it can go from negative to positive. Don’t know why. So you need to read it at the time that the test tells you to read it at.
CALLER: Oh. It just sounds like it would be easier to go to you guys for that. When do you normally do that, the pregnancy test there?
CLINIC: We’re open everyday, except for Sunday.
CALLER: What are your hours?
CLINIC: Do you have an idea when you’ll be coming? Because they’re different everyday.
CALLER: Oh. It will probably be like the morning on Saturday I guess.
CLINIC: Okay. You can come between 10 and 2.
CALLER: On Saturday?
CALLER: Do I need to —
CLINIC: No, you do not need to make an appointment. You just come in anytime between 10 and 2 on Saturday.
CALLER: Do I need to bring my first morning urine for that?
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: And try not to drink tons of fluids before you get here, because you don’t want your urine diluted.
CALLER: All right. So I can come in this Saturday?
CLINIC: Yes, you can.
CLINIC: And then if it is a positive test, then we can possibly go ahead and get you scheduled for an appointment.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: You’re welcome.