Listen to the Call:
WOMEN’S HEALTH CENTER
3141 CABARET TRAIL S # 100
SAGINAW, MI 48603
TAPE – 827
(Dialing, phone ringing 2x)
CLINIC: Doctor’s office. This is Women’s Health Center. May I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering about getting an abortion. And I talked to Allison in Marquette, and she told me to talk to you guys.
CLINIC: Oh, okay. Did they give you the 24-hour information?
CLINIC: Because there is a law in Michigan that states that you have to receive abortion information 24 hours or more before you’re able to see the doctor. Were you at a Planned Parenthood?
CALLER: Well, I just called them, and she gave me your number.
CLINIC: If you’re close by them, you can either get it there or we can mail it or fax it to you.
CLINIC: And then with getting our name from them, I can give you a fee of — between 6 and 12 weeks, the regular cash fee is $280. And I can give you the fee of 255.
CALLER: How do you know how many weeks you are?
CLINIC: We do an ultra sound. And we judge your appointment by when you started your last normal period.
CALLER: Well, that was January 15th.
CLINIC: January 15th. Let’s see. That would put you now at approximately six weeks, maybe just a little bit over.
CALLER: Okay. All right.
CLINIC: Because your most probable time of conception with that period date would have been the very end of January. It doesn’t mean that you couldn’t have gotten pregnant at another time. It’s just that that’s when you would have been the most fertile.
CLINIC: We have appointments on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
CALLER: Well, the thing is, I’m just kind of worried. I’m going to be 14 on the 19th, and my friend said 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. You either have to bring in a parent with you or you can go to probate court and get what is called a court waiver of parental — where the court is actually giving you permission to have an abortion.
CALLER: Do they always give permission?
CLINIC: Yeah, I would say pretty much they do. So what I would do if I were you is look in the phone book under probate court, East (?). And call them, tell them what you need. And they should have all the information right there.
CALLER: Now, I know in the Saginaw area all it is is you go in and talk to a judge in the judge’s office and explain why you feel you can’t talk to your mom or dad about the pregnancy. They give you a legal document saying that they are giving you permission.
CALLER: Do I need like a lawyer for that though?
CLINIC: No, no.
CALLER: Well, how much does it cost?
CLINIC: They don’t charge for that.
CALLER: Oh, all right. So I could just come there and do that?
CLINIC: Well, you’d go to probate court. You have to talk to the probate judge. So I would look in your phone book under probate court and call them.
CALLER: Well, me and my boyfriend were talking about all this. And he said he would pay cash for everything. After I go to court and whatever and they say it’s okay, could we come there, and he would pay for everything?
CLINIC: Yeah, sure.
CALLER: But would his name have to be on anything? We just don’t want anyone to know about us.
CLINIC: No. His name doesn’t have to be on anything. It would just be your name.
CALLER: Okay. So even if he’s paying, they wouldn’t know?
CLINIC: The receipt for it would be under your name.
CLINIC: We have appointments. It’s Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. You have to get your 24-hour information first. So I would check back with Planned Parenthood, tell them you need the 24-hour information, and call probate court, when you can get an appointment.
CALLER: Well, I haven’t had a pregnancy test yet. Would you guys do that there beforehand?
CLINIC: Yeah. But the only thing is, I would suggest that you have a pregnancy test before you do anything else.
CALLER: Okay. So I should come there for that then?
CLINIC: Well, if you’re that far away, I would just get one in your area. What city are you in?
CALLER: I’m in Marquette.
CLINIC: Yeah. That’s a long ways from here to come for a pregnancy test.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: Yeah. I would get on in your own area if I were you.
CALLER: All right. 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: No. We don’t see patients here for birth control.
CALLER: Oh, all right.
CLINIC: But you could probably maybe through Planned Parenthood get some information on that.
CLINIC: All right?
CALLER: If I had any other questions — I need to talk to my boyfriend to see when he can get off work to make an appointment, but can I call him and call you back? What was your name?
CLINIC: My name is Janice. Do you have our 800 number?
CALLER: All right. Thanks.
CLINIC: Okay. Bye bye.