Listen to the Call:
BALTIMORE WOMEN’S CENTER
7648 BELAIR RD.
BALTIMORE, MD 21236
TAPE – 699
(dialing sound) (ringing 2X)
CLINIC: Falls Women’s Medical Center.
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 does that cost?
CLINIC: What’s the first day of the last normal period?
CALLER: January 3.
CLINIC: One second. The price is $320 to stay awake.
CLINIC: Or $320 to have a mild sedative.
CLINIC: And $400 to be put to sleep.
CALLER: All right.
CALLER: It’s just 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. Could he just –
CLINIC: It doesn’t matter, ma’am. You have to have parental consent if you’re under the age of 18.
CALLER: Oh. Well, is there any way –
CLINIC: You have to have a reason why that you cannot tell your parents?
CLINIC: You have to have a reason why you cannot tell your parents.
CALLER: Well, I don’t know what they would do if they found out. I mean, they can’t find out at all.
CLINIC: Well, there has to be a reason why you can’t tell them. It’s just, you can’t have a reason that you’re scared to tell them.
CALLER: They’d be furious if they found out.
CLINIC: Well, you have to have a legitimate reason why you cannot tell them, and the counselor will discuss that with you when you come in for the surgery.
CALLER: Okay. Well, it’s just me and my boyfriend were talking about all this, and we don’t want anyone to know about us, but he said that he would pay for everything, but –
CLINIC: It doesn’t matter, ma’am. If he’s under — if you’re under the age of 18 you have to have parental consent.
CLINIC: It’s state law.
CALLER: Well, do you guys do pregnancy tests there though?
CLINIC: You’ve already had a positive test or no?
CALLER: No. I just haven’t had my period for awhile and I’m scared.
CLINIC: Well, you can come in today between the hours of 10 to 3 for a pregnancy test.
CALLER: Okay. The only way I’d be able to get there is if my boyfriend took me, and I don’t have any other way to get there.
CLINIC: Well, you decide on how you want to get in, okay?
CALLER: Well, do you do it any other day?
CLINIC: Until Friday.
CALLER: Well, if it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant could I get birth control?
CLINIC: It’s $65 for birth control here.
CALLER: Okay. Well, would my parents have to know about it?
CALLER: Okay. Okay. Well, so just come in like today or on Friday and get a pregnancy test or –
CALLER: Okay. Do I need to call for an appointment or anything?
CLINIC: Um-um. Just walk in.
CALLER: Okay. Well, if I had any other questions could I call you back and ask you? What was your name?
CLINIC: I’m not allowed to give my name over the phone, sweetie. We’re an abortion clinic.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Bye bye.