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ALLENTOWN WOMEN’S CENTER
1810 STEELSTONE RD.
ALLENTOWN, PA 18103
TAPE – 667
(Dialing, phone did not ring)
RECORDING: Thank you for calling the Allentown Women’s Center. (Message continued in Spanish).
Please listen to the following options. To schedule or change an appointment for an abortion, press 3. To schedule or change — (dial button pressed).
Your call is being transferred.
(Phone ringing 1x)
CLINIC: May I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: Yes, we do.
CALLER: Okay. Well, how much does that cost?
CLINIC: What was the first day of your last period?
CALLER: January 3rd.
CLINIC: Okay. Under 12 weeks it’s $350 to be awake, $370 to be awake with the medication to keep you relax, and $450 to be asleep.
What’s your date of birth?
CALLER: March 19, 1988.
CLINIC: Okay. And how old are you?
CALLER: I’m going to be 14 on the 19th.
CLINIC: Okay. Have you told a parent yet?
CALLER: No, I can’t. That was one of my other questions. I can’t tell them at all. They can’t find out. My boyfriend’s 22. Would he be okay to take care of it, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: No. Actually, either you’re going to need to tell your parents or we could do something called judicial bypass. Let me put you on the line with our head counselor that’s in charge of that, okay?
CLINIC: What’s your first name?
CLINIC: Okay, Lisa. Hold on.
RECORDING: We know that coping with an unplanned pregnancy is complicated. AWC has non-judgmental counselors who listen and can help you sort through feelings, discuss your concerns, clarify your decision, and ease your anxiety. Non-directive options counseling, pre-abortion counseling, and post-abortion counseling are offered at no charge for patients, parents and partners.
This is a delicate issue, so we know that finding the right healthcare provider is very important. Our highly qualified staff is caring and supportive providing a comfortable atmosphere. The Allentown Women’s Center performs abortions prior to 16 weeks of pregnancy using either local anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Non-surgical or medical abortions using medication are performed to seven weeks of pregnancy.
Pregnancy termination at AWC —
CLINIC: Alicia (sp). Is Alicia or is it —
CALLER: It’s Lisa.
CLINIC: Licia, just with an “L”?
CALLER: No, just Lisa.
CLINIC: Oh, Lisa, as in the (unclear) Lisa.
CLINIC: Let me get your phone number. Is there somewhere where I can have — her name’s Tia. I’ll have her give you a call back.
CALLER: I can’t do that. I’m at my friend’s house, and her mom would answer the phone, and I will get in trouble.
CLINIC: For getting a phone call (chuckles)?
CALLER: Well, I’m at my friend’s house.
CLINIC: She’ll just say hi, this is Tia. She won’t say from the Women’s Center.
CALLER: Is it okay if I just call you back?
CLINIC: Yeah. What I do is let her know so that she can have everything together that she needs to tell you. Okay?
CALLER: When should I call her.
CLINIC: She just went into a meeting with our boss. If you want to give a call back in like half an hour.
CALLER: Okay. What was her name?
CLINIC: Her name is Tia.
CLINIC: And you can call the same number you did, and when it says if you know the extension, it’s extension number 12.
CALLER: Twelve? Okay.
CLINIC: Okay, Lisa.
CALLER: Well, do you guys actually do pregnancy tests there?
CLINIC: Did you take a pregnancy test?
CALLER: Well, no.
CLINIC: Where do you live?
CALLER: I live in Perryville.
CLINIC: Oh, I know where that is. I know in Lehighton there’s a Family Planning clinic. They might do them for free there.
CALLER: Oh, really?
CLINIC: Yeah. I know it’s Lehighton. I know there’s one in Allentown, but pretty much any over-the-counter, if you go to the drug store like Thrift Drug are accurate up there. Those are pretty much the same test as you would get at like a clinic. Like a EPT or a Clear Blue, a test like that would be just as accurate.
CALLER: If ended up that I wasn’t pregnant after I took one of those, could I get birth control there?
CLINIC: Yeah, absolutely. Or your other option will be Planned Parenthood. You get birth control for free up to you’re 18 years old.
CALLER: But would anybody have to know if I was on birth control?
CLINIC: No, not at all. Not at all. And your closest Planned Parenthood would be Allentown. So if you need us, call us back, or if you want to call and just talk to Tia, you can do that too. And like I said, she’ll probably be back in her office around quarter after 4.
CALLER: Okay. Well, me and my boyfriend were talking about all this, and we don’t want anyone to know about us. Would they have to find out about us if I was on birth control?
CLINIC: You mean like your family or anybody?
CALLER: Just anybody.
CLINIC: I’m not sure. I don’t think so.
CALLER: Because we don’t want his ex-wife to know either.
CLINIC: You don’t want what?
CALLER: We don’t wan this ex-wife to know either.
CLINIC: No. I mean, everything that goes on between you and your gynecologist is strictly between you and your gynecologist as far as if you’re on birth control or anything like that.
CALLER: So —
CLINIC: Give us a call back to talk at quarter after 4. She should be back.
CALLER: Okay. Well, what was your name?
CLINIC: My name’s Kristen.
CLINIC: Okay. If you need anything, give me a call.
CALLER: Okay. Thank you.
CLINIC: Uh-huh. Bye bye.