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OFFICES OF DR. AMY COUSINS
149 VESTAL PKWY
VESTAL, NY 13851
TAPE – 816
(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)
CLINIC: Dr. Cousins’ office.
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: Yes, we do.
CALLER: Okay. Well, how much does it cost for that?
CLINIC: Well, that varies. Are you covered by insurance or Medicaid?
CALLER: Well, no. My boyfriend said he would pay for everything.
CLINIC: Okay. And how far pregnant might you be?
CALLER: I’m not really sure. I just haven’t had my period for a while. My last period was January 15th.
CLINIC: Okay. And how of ten do you usually have periods?
CALLER: Usually every month. I mean, every once in a while it’s like maybe a week late, but never this late.
CLINIC: Do you know your blood type?
CLINIC: Have you ever been pregnant before?
CLINIC: Well, the fee is either going to be 390 or 420, and that depends on your blood type.
CALLER: Okay. Well, my other question was, I’m going to be 14 later on this month. I’m going to be 14 on the 19th. And my friend said that you guys would have to tell my parents.
CLINIC: No, that’s not true.
CALLER: But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just take care of everything, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: I don’t have to.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: I don’t need to do any of that. This is New York State, and there is no parental notification.
CALLER: So it’s all right if my boyfriend takes care of everything?
CALLER: Okay. Well, we were talking about all this. And we don’t want anyone to know about us. But he would pay cash for everything. Would he have to sign anything or fill out any forms?
CLINIC: No, but you do to be our patient.
CALLER: Well, would his name have to be on any forms or anything?
CALLER: I haven’t had a pregnancy test yet. What should I do? Do you guys do that there?
CALLER: How much does it cost for that?
CLINIC: That’s all included.
CALLER: Oh, really?
CALLER: Well, if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control from you guys?
CLINIC: No, not that same day.
CALLER: Well, where could I get birth control?
CLINIC: If you have an abortion and want birth control afterwards, then we can do that. If you are not pregnant and just want birth control, then we have to set an appointment to see you, and do a pap test and all that.
CALLER: Well, how much does that cost?
CLINIC: Well, we couldn’t do that the same day. You’d have to set up a separate appointment for that.
CALLER: Okay. I’m just trying to figure out how much money we should bring.
CLINIC: Well, I told you, either 390 or 420.
CALLER: All right. Well, if I had any other questions, could I call you back? What was your name?
CLINIC: My name’s Robin.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: And you could call me back. I can’t get you in until next week.
CALLER: Okay. Would that be enough time you think?
CLINIC: We do abortions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
CALLER: What time?
CLINIC: By appointment.
CALLER: Well, would that be enough time you think?
CLINIC: Enough time for what?
CALLER: To make an appointment later on.
CALLER: All right. So thanks.
CLINIC: All right. Bye bye.