Listen to the Call:
AKRON CENTER FOR CHOICE / AKRON ASSN. OF DOCTORS
88 S. PORTAGE PATH # 106
AKRON, OH 44303
TAPE – 774
(Dialing, phone ringing 2x)
CLINIC: Akron Center for Choice. Can I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: Yes, we do.
CALLER: How much does it cost for that?
CLINIC: Do you know how far along you are?
CLINIC: Hold on one second, okay?
CLINIC: Do you know when your last menstrual period started?
CALLER: January 3rd.
CLINIC: January 3rd?
CLINIC: That’s going to put you at about 9 or 10 weeks right now, okay?
CLINIC: The prices I’m going to give you are going to go up through your 12th week. Are you a student or do you have any government assistance?
CALLER: Well, no. I’m going to be 14 later on this month, and my friend said that you guys would have to tell my parents about all this. But my boyfriend’s 22. He said he would take care of it all. Would that be all right?
CLINIC: If what? If he paid it?
CALLER: Right, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: The only reason we wouldn’t be able to tell anybody is if you had what’s called a court bypass. What you do is you’re going to have to go to court. You’re going to have to make an appointment with somebody. And you’re going to explain to the judge why you feel that you need to terminate the pregnancy. And if the judge feels that you’re responsible enough to make a decision like that on your own, then he can grant you that.
CALLER: Does he ever not grant that?
CLINIC: There’s situations where he hasn’t. If he feels that it’s a reasonable situation, then I don’t see why he wouldn’t. But I’m not to sure about how they do that or how they go about it, okay?
CALLER: Do I need like a lawyer?
CLINIC: No. What county do you live in?
CALLER: I live in Kent.
CLINIC: In Kent, which is Portage County?
CALLER: I think so.
CLINIC: Mike says — one of the nurses here. He says that you really should probably not have a problem with that, getting it granted to you. You probably shouldn’t.
(Talking to someone else). How old is she? Fourteen.
CALLER: I’ll be 14 on the 19th.
CLINIC: You’ll be how old, hon?
CLINIC: (Talking to someone else) Yeah, she’ll be 14 on the 9th, on Saturday.
CALLER: No, on the 19th.
CLINIC: (Talking to someone else) Oh, on the 19th.
Okay. Well, at your age it might be a little more difficult to get that. But I mean, that’s what you’re going to have to do if you’re trying not to tell your parents, okay? But if that doesn’t work out, then you’re going to have to have a parent come with you in order for us to do the procedure.
CALLER: The thing is, my boyfriend said that he would pay for everything with cash, but he just doesn’t want anyone to know about us. Would he have to sign any forms or anything?
CLINIC: No. That doesn’t matter who pays. That’s not what the whole deal is. By law, we can’t do the procedure unless you have the court bypass or unless we have a parent or guardian’s signature.
CALLER: Well, after I get the bypass or whatever, would anyone there have to know about him?
CLINIC: No, nothing at all. I mean, if you have that, then it’s our responsibility to keep all of your information confidential. We’re not allowed to give out your name to anybody.
CALLER: How much does it cost to get the bypass?
CLINIC: You know I really don’t even know. I don’t think it cost anything for that exactly. I think it cost to pay for the court. Do you know what I mean, to pay for the court visit. But I’m not even sure how much that is. I don’t think it’d be any more than 50. I’m not even sure if it’s that much or if it even cost at all. But you have to call the county courthouse, wherever that is or whatever phone number that is. It will be in the front section of the phone book in federal offices — or in state offices; I’m sorry. Just look under there, and call them and find out what you need to do. Because I know you’re going to have to make an appointment with somebody first. And you’re going to go see them. And then after you see them, you’re going to have to schedule another appointment for the judge. So depending when they can get you in, that can take up to a couple weeks.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: But the price for it, because you’re still in school, it would be either 275 or 300, depending on which anesthetic you wanted.
CALLER: Do you guys do a pregnancy test first just to make sure? Because I haven’t had one yet.
CLINIC: You haven’t had one yet? What’s making you think you’re pregnant?
CALLER: Well, I haven’t had my period since January.
CLINIC: We can give you a pregnancy test. I would recommend, before you even go through all the trouble of coming here, is to go ahead and get a store pregnancy test, just like a drug store pregnancy test.
CALLER: Are those usually right though?
CLINIC: I mean, they’re just as accurate as anything else. The only difference between them is they may not show up as early as the pregnancy test here will. But because you’ve already missed a period for a whole month, it should be okay. It will show up. But if it shows up negative for some reason, then we’ll do another one here. But before you even go through the trouble of that, I would just recommend going to get one from the store.
CALLER: If it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant, could I come in to see you guys and get birth control?
CLINIC: We don’t really deal with that unless you’re one of our patients. What you could do is I would recommend going to Planned Parenthood. You don’t have to have any parent — like any signatures or any parent come with you or anything like that. It’s all up to you. They’re not allowed to tell your parents about anything, okay?
CLINIC: And if you need to go through them, and they have to call you for some reason, they’ll have a code name with you. I mean, it’s real in detail. But I would recommend if you’re not pregnant, go to Planned Parenthood, the closest one to your house or something, and just ask them about birth control. The way that they charge it is on income. So I’m assuming you don’t have a job.
CLINIC: So they probably will just do it by donation, which means they give it to you for free with a recommended donation of X amount of dollars.
CALLER: Would my boyfriend be able to pick up the pills if I was on birth control since I can’t drive yet?
CLINIC: Yeah. You would probably have to be with them, though. In order to get started on it, you’re going to have to be with them, and they’re probably going to give you a starter pack and possibly write you a prescription form. I’m not sure how they work that though. Take it one step at a time first before you worry about that.
First off, go get a pregnancy test from the store and see if you’re pregnant. If you are pregnant, then go through the whole court deal. And then if that works out, then give us a call, and we’ll schedule you an appointment. If you’re not pregnant, then call up Planned Parenthood and set up an appointment to go in to get checked out and see what kind of birth control they recommend for you. And then they can deal with that. And they’ll set up some type of schedule where you come get them or they’ll write you a prescription or something like that. But take it one step at a time.
CALLER: Okay. I wish I could talk to my mom like I’m talking to you. I’m just really worried. But could I call you and ask you if I had any other questions?
CALLER: What was your name?
CLINIC: My name’s Tara.
CALLER: Okay. All right. Thanks.
CLINIC: You’re welcome, honey.
CLINIC: Bye bye.