Listen to the Call:
POTOMAC FAMILY PLANNING CENTER
966 HUNGERFORD DR. # 24
ROCKVILLE, MD 20850
TAPE – 693
(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)
CLINIC: (unclear) Family Planning 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 it costs for that?
CLINIC: It ranges by the number of weeks in the pregnancy. How far along are you?
CALLER: I’m not really sure. I just haven’t had my period since January 3, and I’m really worried.
CLINIC: Okay. January, so probably December was the last time you had a normal one?
CALLER: Well, January was a normal one.
CLINIC: Oh, okay. When did you have it in January?
CALLER: January 3.
CLINIC: Okay. Hold on just a minute. Okay. You’re probably about 9 weeks if your date is correct.
CLINIC: And local anesthesia where you’re awake and would feel the cramping is $250.
CLINIC: Twilight anesthesia where you’re sedated — hold on just a moment.
CLINIC: Thank you for holding. Twilight where you’re sedated but not fully asleep is $350.
CLINIC: With general anesthesia where you’re completely asleep is $410.
CLINIC: Which one would you like?
CALLER: Well, I’m not really sure.
CLINIC: Okay. Well, we can give you appointments this week if you wanted to come in. We do them on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
CLINIC: We do the twilight and the general sleep on Wednesdays and Saturday mornings.
CLINIC: And we do the locals every day on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know — another thing I’m worried about is, well 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 it and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: Do you look 14?
CALLER: Well, I guess. Well, I don’t know.
CLINIC: (laughs) We don’t ask for identification.
CLINIC: Okay? I hate to say this, but we don’t ask for identification, so whatever someone puts down on their age is what we go by. I mean, I’m not going to ask you for an ID.
CLINIC: The only time we ask for ID is if someone’s paying with a credit card, and whoever is pay with a credit card has to show ID.
CLINIC: Other than that, we don’t ask for ID. So you know, you take it from there.
CALLER: Oh. Well, my boyfriend said he would pay with cash, so.
CLINIC: Okay. All right. Well, you know, like i said –
CALLER: It’s just, we were talking about all this, and he said that he would pay for everything. We just don’t want anyone to know about us.
CALLER: If he was paying would you have to –
CALLER: — have him sign anything
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: And whatever name you put on that paper is the name that we call you by.
CLINIC: All right?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Read in between the lines there.
CALLER: Okay. Well, is there any way you think that I’m not pregnant though?
CLINIC: Have you had a pregnancy test, one of those over-the-counter?
CALLER: No. I didn’t know that those were right.
CLINIC: Yeah. You can go and buy one like at CVS somewhere or any drugstore and buy one of those. They’re about $15 I think.
CLINIC: And test it out. If it turns out positive, then chances are you are pregnant.
CALLER: Well, if I wasn’t could I come in and get birth control there?
CLINIC: Yes, uh-huh. You can come in and get the pills, birth control pills. We also have a depo provera shot which is $60 and it lasts three months, so you don’t have to keep taking pills.
CLINIC: But you can come and get pills here as well.
CALLER: Would anybody have to know if I was on birth control though?
CLINIC: No. Uh-uh.
CLINIC: We don’t tell anyone.
CLINIC: Like I said, we don’t ask for identification.
CLINIC: So if you come in and you say you’re 17, that’s what we go by.
CLINIC: All right?
CALLER: Well, is it all right if — the thing is I can’t drive. would my boyfriend be able to pick up like the birth control pills?
CLINIC: Yeah. I can leave them in your name and he can pick them up.
CALLER: Okay. Well, I need to call him and call you back to set up an appointment, but what was your name?
CLINIC: My name is Wally.
CLINIC: All right.
CLINIC: Uh-huh. Bye bye.
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