Listen to the Call:
OFFICE OF DR. BURNS – ABORTION SURGERY CENTER
2453 WILCOX DR.
NORMAN, OK 73069
TAPE – 835
(Dialing, phone ringing 3x)
CLINIC: Dr. Burns’ office.
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: It’s $400, and our limit is 12 weeks in the pregnancy.
CALLER: How do you know how many weeks you are?
CLINIC: Do you know when your last menstrual period was?
CALLER: January 15th.
CLINIC: And it was a normal period for you?
CLINIC: Probably about six to seven right now.
CALLER: Okay. So that would be all right then?
CLINIC: Um-hmm. As long as you only missed one or two periods, you’re fine. But if you miss three periods, you’re too far.
CALLER: The thing is, I’m going to be 14 later on this month, and my friend said that you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just take care of it all, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: No, ma’am. You’ll need to bring a parent with you to sign the consent form.
CALLER: Oh, really?
CLINIC: Yeah. We can’t see anybody under 18 without their parent’s consent.
CALLER: Is there any way not to have to tell my parents?
CLINIC: That’s the only way we could do it, hon.
CALLER: Because I can’t tell my parents at all. Well, is there anyplace else I could go?
CLINIC: Not that I’m aware of. Yeah. The law requires that anybody under 18, any kind of medical attention needs to have a parent’s consent.
CALLER: So what should I do then?
CLINIC: I would talk to my mother (chuckle).
CALLER: But I can’t talk to her. I mean, she doesn’t ever listen to me. Both my parents don’t ever understand anything.
CLINIC: Are you in school?
CALLER: Well, I’m homeschooled.
CLINIC: You’re homeschooled?
CLINIC: What about calling Planned Parenthood and maybe talking to a counselor there?
CALLER: Would they have to tell my parents?
CLINIC: Yeah. That’s what I’m saying. They could maybe help you talk to your parents.
CALLER: Oh. I don’t know.
Well, I haven’t had a pregnancy test yet. Would I be able to get a pregnancy test there just to make sure I am before I talk to them.
CLINIC: Yeah. You could come here for a test or you can go to Planned Parenthood or the Health Department.
CALLER: How much does it cost if I go to you guys?
CLINIC: We charge $10 for a test.
CALLER: Okay. But you wouldn’t have to tell anybody if I was getting a pregnancy test?
CLINIC: No, uh-uh.
CALLER: Well, if turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys do birth control there?
CLINIC: No, we actually don’t, unless you’re a patient, unless we see you; then we’ll give you some birth control. But like I was saying, Planned Parenthood or the Health Department would help you with that. If you weren’t pregnant, then they could get you started on birth control pills so you don’t get pregnant.
CALLER: But would they have to tell anyone if I was on birth control?
CLINIC: No. I would start with Planned Parenthood if I were you. Because they can help you out. At least you’ll have somebody to talk to. The Health Department will just do the test and that’s it. But I would go to Planned Parenthood, and they can help you.
CALLER: Okay. If I had any other questions, could I call and talk to you? What was your name?
CLINIC: My name is Wendy.
CALLER: Okay. All right.
CLINIC: All righty, hon.
CLINIC: Uh-huh. Bye bye.