Listen to the Call:
A WOMAN’S CHOICE CLINIC / CASCADE FAMILY PLANNING (OFFICE OF DR. D.W. WILLIAMSON)
7509 CUSTER RD. W
LAKEWOOD, WA 98467
TAPE – 670
(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)
CLINIC: A Woman’s Choice Clinic. 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 that cost?
CLINIC: Do you know how far along you are?
CALLER: Well, no.
CLINIC: Do you know the first day of your last period?
CALLER: It was January 3rd.
CLINIC: As long as you are under 12 weeks, you make less than $30,000 and you’re by yourself —
CALLER: Well, I don’t have a job.
CLINIC: It will be $450 on our sliding fee scale. The normal price is $1275.
CALLER: Okay. The main reason why I’m worried is because I’m going to be 14 on the 20th, and my friend said you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just take care of it, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: You’re saying you’re 14 years old?
CALLER: Yeah. Well, I’ll be 14 on the 20th.
CLINIC: We don’t have to tell your parents because you live in Washington State.
CALLER: So I don’t have to tell my parents?
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: You live in Washington?
CLINIC: There’s no informed consent that you need in the state of Washington.
CALLER: Well, my friend said you guys would have to know that my boyfriend is 22 as well. Does that make any difference?
CLINIC: We write it down in your chart, yeah. Was the sex consensual?
CALLER: Yeah. I mean, we’re in love. We’re going to get married, and he’s going to take care of me forever. It’s just we’re not married yet, so we don’t want to have a baby right now.
CLINIC: Right. They would just write it in your chart, hon, because you have to write down all that stuff.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Would you guys do a pregnancy test first to make sure?
CLINIC: We do an ultra sound.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: If you make an appointment for an abortion procedure, we do an ultra sound first. Then you have some lab work, and then you have a counseling session before the actual procedure.
CALLER: Do you think it’s possible I’m not pregnant?
CLINIC: It’s entirely possible.
CALLER: The main reason why I’m worried is because I haven’t had my period since January 3rd. I haven’t done a pregnancy test yet or anything.
CLINIC: Yeah. If you want, you can either go get a home pregnancy, or you could come into one of the clinics, or even Planned Parenthood, or someplace and take a pregnancy test, because you want to find out for sure.
CALLER: Well, could I come in there then?
CLINIC: Sure. What city do you live in?
CALLER: I live in Parkland.
CLINIC: Where’s that at?
CALLER: It’s south of where you’re at.
CLINIC: All three of the clinics are tied together. Actually you’re talking to somebody in Yakima right now. And so we’re over the mountain. So you’re probably not 20 minutes from me. And I need to know which of the two other clinics that you were —
CALLER: Well, I was actually wanting to go to where you at so people I know don’t see me.
CLINIC: You want to come to Yakkamaw?
CLINIC: Oh, okay.
CALLER: And my boyfriend gave me this number. We were talking about all this. He said he would pay for everything. We just don’t want a whole bunch of people to — like we don’t want anyone to know about us, so we wanted to go there.
CALLER: Would you guys have to tell anybody about us?
CLINIC: We would have to write it in your chart.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: Do your parents know that you date him?
CLINIC: And he’s that old and stuff?
CALLER: Yeah. They know him. He works with my dad, and they know we’re going out. It’s just they don’t know we’re having sex. If they knew we were having sex I don’t know what they would do. They just can’t find out at all.
CLINIC: Right. Okay. So you want to come to Yakkamaw and —
CALLER: And get a pregnancy test first I guess.
CLINIC: Where do you live right now?
CALLER: I’m in Parkland.
CALLER: Yeah. It’s south of Tacoma.
CLINIC: So you’re going to drive two hours here for a pregnancy test?
CALLER: Well, I just don’t want anybody to know me. That’s where my boyfriend wanted to go.
CLINIC: Right. All I’m saying is you should probably have a pregnancy test first and make sure that you’re pregnant before you have to drive two hours.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Is there anyplace in Tacoma that you know of?
CLINIC: Actually, there’s a good place. It’s called the Cascade Family Planning. And they are at 7509 Custer Road. And that’s Tacoma, 98499. Do you wane me to make you an appointment for there?
CALLER: Well, I don’t know. I’d have to call my boyfriend to see. But do you know if I wasn’t pregnant if I could get birth control?
CLINIC: Yeah. And they would give it to you.
CALLER: Would they have to know about anything or tell anybody?
CLINIC: No. They would have a nurse practitioner give you a pap smear and stuff, and then she would just make sure that you’re okay; you don’t have any weird spells or anything. And then she would give you some birth control pills or Depo or Levonelle.
CALLER: And they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: No. Nobody needs to know what kind of birth control you use.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, if I had any other questions, could I call you? What was your name?
CLINIC: My name is Lisa.
CLINIC: And let me give you the number for Cascade. They won’t be answering the phones until probably after 3 today. But their phone number is 1-800-822-7857.
CLINIC: Thank you.
CALLER: Thank you.
CLINIC: Bye bye.