Listen to the Call:
DR. MILDRED HANSON
710 E. 24TH ST. # 403
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55404
TAPE – 756
(Dialing, phone ringing 2x)
CLINIC: Dr. Hanson’s (sp) office.
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: We do, um-hmm.
CALLER: Well, how much does it cost for that?
CLINIC: It depends on how far along you are. Do you know when your last period was?
CALLER: January 3rd.
CLINIC: Okay. And was that a normal period?
CLINIC: Hold on second. I misplaced my little thing here that tells me.
CLINIC: Okay. The cost on a weekday would be 360, and a Saturday would be 400. And then do you have positive or negative blood?
CALLER: I’m not sure.
CLINIC: Okay. We would do a test. If it’s negative, then you’d need to have a shot, and the shot would be $40.
CALLER: My main question 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. Is he old enough to take care of it, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: No. The Minnesota law says that if you aren’t going to tell your parents, and they’re aren’t going to be able to write a note, that you have to go to court. And the court will decide whether you’re mature enough to make the decision on your own without telling your parents.
CALLER: Okay. How do I do that?
CLINIC: Well, I can give you the court — where do you live?
CALLER: I live in Savage.
CLINIC: I can give you the court number. It’s 612-348-6824.
CLINIC: And what happens is you have to come to our office first. And then you’ll have an ultra sound done, and you’ll talk to a counselor. She’ll fill out some papers, and you’ll take those to the court. And then you’ll talk to the judge at 10:30. And then when you’re done, you can either come back here or you can come a different day. On Tuesdays everything can be done in one day. If you don’t want to go to court on a Tuesday — they have Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. If you did court on a Wednesday or Friday, you’d have to come a different day.
CALLER: Okay. Well, does the judge ever say no or anything?
CLINIC: Well, the judge did say no one time, but that was because the person really didn’t want to have the procedure done. Otherwise, no, they haven’t.
CLINIC: And your boyfriend probably will not be able to go into the courthouse, courtroom, with you. They have what’s called a guardian, someone that stands up for you and talks through you.
CLINIC: But you have to decide when you want to come. And usually Tuesdays are the best because everything is done in one day.
CALLER: So it would be better to come next Tuesday then?
CLINIC: If you want to sure, um-hmm.
CALLER: We do an ultra sound. When you come in, we’ll have you fill out the papers. Then you’ll have the ultra sound and talk with a counselor, and then you’ll go to court. Then you’ll come back, and the procedure’s done once you come back.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Do you guys do a pregnancy test beforehand? It’s just I haven’t had one of those yet.
CLINIC: No. We’ll do the ultra sound.
CALLER: Oh, okay?
CLINIC: The only time we’ll do a pregnancy test is if there’s something that doesn’t show up on the ultra sound.
CALLER: Well, if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys do birth there?
CLINIC: We do, um-hmm.
CALLER: Okay. But would you have to tell anybody about that though?
CALLER: Oh, okay. I got to call my boyfriend and see if he can get Tuesday off. But can I call you back when I talk to him? What was your name?
CLINIC: Carey (sp).
CALLER: Okay. All right. Thanks.
CLINIC: Okay. Bye bye.