Listen to the Call:
ALL WOMEN’S HEALTH SERVICES
1020 NE 2ND AVE STE 200
PORTLAND, OR 97232
TAPE – 676
(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)
CLINIC: All Women’s Health Services. Can you hold please?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Actually, they do. It’s not like it’s a pelvic exam, there’s a speculum or anything, but it’s just with manual, like finger —
CALLER: What do you mean? I was put on hold.
CLINIC: I’m sorry?
CALLER: I was just put on hold.
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: Yes, we do.
CALLER: Well, how much does that cost?
CLINIC: It all depends on how far along you are and what your income is.
CALLER: Oh. Well, how do you know how far along you are?
CLINIC: Okay. Well, when was the first day of your last period?
CALLER: January 3rd.
CLINIC: Well, you’re under 12 weeks which is really our own criteria. Do you make under or over 30,000 a year?
CALLER: Well, I don’t have a job. I’m going to be 14 in March.
CLINIC: Oh, okay.
CALLER: Or later this month.
CLINIC: Then it would be 350.
CALLER: The thing is, my friend told me you guys would have to tell my parents, and I can’t let them know. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just sign whatever it is, and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: Unfortunately you have to be 15. If you’re under 15, then your parents have to be informed.
CALLER: Is there any way not to have to tell them?
CLINIC: No, it’s a law that we have to have.
CALLER: Well, my boyfriend’s 22. Is that not old enough to take care of it?
CLINIC: Well, he’s not your guardian though.
CLINIC: Yeah. Your parent or guardian has to sign.
CALLER: Do you think that there would be any way that I’m not pregnant?
CLINIC: Have you had a pregnancy test?
CALLER: Well, no. I just haven’t had my period for a while, and I’m just really worried.
CLINIC: Yeah. I would recommend that you get a pregnancy test done.
CALLER: Well, could I come there for that?
CLINIC: Yes, you can.
CALLER: Okay. Well, would you have to tell anybody about that if I was there for that though?
CLINIC: No, no.
CALLER: Well, how much does it cost to get a pregnancy test?
CLINIC: The pregnancy test is free.
CALLER: Oh, really?
CALLER: Okay. Well, if it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control there?
CLINIC: You would have to set up an appointment to do that. So you’d have to become a patient here, and then you would talk to a practitioner, and they could give you a prescription for birth control here.
CALLER: But does anybody have to know if I’m on birth control?
CLINIC: Not if you’re going to pay for it. I mean, if you’re going to pay for it with insurance, there’s a possibility that your parents may —
CALLER: Well, my boyfriend said that he would pay cash for everything. But is it all right if he’s there with me though?
CLINIC: Yeah, yeah, he can be here with you.
CALLER: It’s just we don’t want anyone to find out about us. Would you have to tell anybody about him?
CLINIC: No. Well, can you hold on for one second please?
CLINIC: Are you still there?
CALLER: I’m here.
CLINIC: Yeah. You can come in for an appointment, and we wouldn’t need to tell your parents. Did you want to make an appointment for a pregnancy screening?
CALLER: Well, I’d have to call my boyfriend. Could I call you back? What was your name?
CLINIC: Well, you can talk to anybody who is on the phone.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, what time are you guys normally open?
CLINIC: We’re open for 9 to 5.
CALLER: Do you guys do the pregnancy test whenever you’re open or do you have specific hours?
CLINIC: Yeah. You would have to make an appointment to get the pregnancy test.
CALLER: Oh, okay. But you guys do them —
CLINIC: All during the day.
CALLER: Okay. I just have to call my boyfriend and call back. Is that okay?
CALLER: All right. Thanks.