Listen to the Call:
CHARLOTTESVILLE OBSTETRICS – PLANNED PARENTHOOD
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA 22911
TAPE – 647
(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. This is Susan. May I help you?
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: For the surgical abortion it’s $370. We do that between 6 and 13 weeks.
CALLER: Okay. Well, how do you know how far you are?
CLINIC: When was your last period?
CALLER: January 3rd
CLINIC: January 3rd? Can you hold for must one moment?
CLINIC: Sorry to keep you holding. You said January 3rd was your last period?
CLINIC: Let me look at my calendar. My math is so terrible; I have to count. You’re probably five weeks or so, because generally women get pregnant mid cycle. So you probably got pregnant about somewhere around two weeks after your last period.
CALLER: Okay. Well, I just haven’t had my period since then.
CLINIC: Right. I’m looking at the calendar. I would say you’re probably around six weeks or so.
CLINIC: Which I could go ahead and schedule you if you wanted to. We do the procedures on Monday, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
CALLER: Well, I’m going to be 14 on the 20th, and my friend said that you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just sign whatever it is, and they wouldn’t have to tell anyone?
CLINIC: No. Unfortunately, the only thing — and I don’t even know. You’re 13 now?
CLINIC: The only thing if you don’t want to tell your parents, you can go to court and get a judicial bypass.
CALLER: What is that?
CLINIC: Where you have to go explain to the judge why you want to do this and why you don’t want to tell your parents. I don’t even know how to tell you to do that. That’s the only way we can —
CALLER: But he would say it’s okay?
CLINIC: I don’t know. I mean, he might say yes. He might say you’re too young. I’m thinking he may say no.
CLINIC: Yeah. Usually like if you’re 16 or 17, you’re getting close to being 18, the judge will go ahead and write you out a paper. I don’t know that with you being so young.
Can you hold just a moment? Let me ask my manager what she thinks?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: You still there?
CLINIC: I’m going to give you a phone number to call. It’s the juvenile court. And I asked our center manager, and she said that you’re not too young to request a judicial bypass. And what you need to do is just call them and tell them your situation. And tell them that you’re wanting a judicial bypass so that we can see you here in our clinic for the abortion procedure.
CALLER: How much does that cost?
CLINIC: It’s $370.
CALLER: For the judicial bypass?
CLINIC: No, no. I don’t think there’s a cost for that. I thought you meant the cost for the procedure.
CALLER: But would they have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: I can give you that phone number– 979-7191.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: And call them, and they can give you the information. Just tell them you need to get information how to go about getting a judicial bypass. Okay?
CALLER: Well, my boyfriend doesn’t want a whole bunch of people to know about us. If he was paying for everything, would he have to sign anything?
CALLER: Oh, okay. So I could come in there for a pregnancy test?
CLINIC: We don’t do that here. You could go to the Arlington Road — you could go over there, and they could counsel you about all that there.
CALLER: A pregnancy test?
CALLER: Would they have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: Any medical information — it’s not just regarding abortion. But any medical information is confidential. So by law people are not allowed to discuss you or your medical situation at all.
CALLER: Do you think that maybe I’m not pregnant and I can get birth control?
CLINIC: Yes. I would call them, and I would ask them. Talk to them about that, because that’s what they do at that clinic. They do your yearly exams and things. They can get your set up with birth control pills and all of that.
CALLER: And nobody would have to know that I was on birth control too?
CLINIC: I think you can get around that also.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: You would just need to call them and talk to them.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Thanks a lot.
CALLER: Thank you.
CLINIC: Uh-huh. Bye.