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REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES OF MONTGOMERY
811 SOUTH PERRY ST.
MONTGOMERY, AL 36104
TAPE – 735
(Dialing, phone ringing)
CLINIC: Reproductive Health Service. May 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 it cost for that?
CLINIC: Six to ten weeks, it’s $400. And it goes up $75 each week after the 10th week.
CALLER: Well, how do you know how far along you are?
CLINIC: From your last period.
CALLER: Well, that was January 3rd.
CLINIC: January 3rd? Okay. I have you at about five weeks.
CALLER: Okay. So how much would it be then?
CLINIC: Four hundred dollars.
CALLER: The thing is, I’m going to be 14 later on this month. And my friend told me that you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of it, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: Okay. You’re 14 years old?
CALLER: Well, I’ll be 14 on the 19th of this month.
CLINIC: You’ll be how old?
CALLER: Fourteen years old.
CLINIC: Okay. Yeah. You would have to have your legal guardian come in here and sign for you, and they’d have to bring a birth certificate.
CALLER: Oh. Well, I can’t tell my parents at all. If they found out that me and my boyfriend were having sex, I don’t know what they would do.
CLINIC: I’m sorry, ma’am. Anywhere you go, they’re — yeah, you have to have your parents sign for you since you’re under age. And that’s anywhere.
CALLER: Well, there’s no way to not have to tell my parents?
CLINIC: No, uh-uh. You have to — it has to be — you have to come in here with your legal guardian, with your birth certificate, and that’s everywhere.
CALLER: Well, could I come in there for a pregnancy test just to make sure?
CLINIC: Yeah, uh-huh. You can come in here for a pregnancy test.
CALLER: But will my parents have to be there for that?
CLINIC: No, not for a pregnancy test they don’t
CALLER: Okay. It’s just me and my boyfriend were talking about all this. He said that he would pay for everything, but we don’t want anyone to know about us. Would he have to sign anything if he was paying for it all?
CLINIC: Yeah. I mean, he could pay for it, but your parents still have to come in here and sign for you.
CALLER: For a pregnancy test?
CLINIC: No, no, no, not for a pregnancy test, for a procedure.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: A pregnancy test, you can come on in and get the pregnancy test without your parents.
CALLER: And my boyfriend can come with me for that?
CLINIC: Yeah, he can.
CALLER: How much does it cost for a pregnancy test?
CLINIC: One test is $2. You have to be at least two weeks for your period. One test is $15. That’s the day you’re suppose to start your period. And one is $20. That’s a blood test. That’s two weeks before your period.
CALLER: Well, which one’s the best one?
CLINIC: When did you say your last period was?
CALLER: January 3rd.
CLINIC: You could take the $2 test, and that should pick up.
CLINIC: Yeah. If not, I’d run the $15 test on you.
CALLER: Okay. Well, it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control from you guys?
CLINIC: Uh-huh. You’d have to have a pap. A pap is $80.
CALLER: But would you have to tell anybody if I was getting birth control though?
CLINIC: No, uh-uh, not birth control, only the procedure.
CALLER: Okay. How much should I bring for the pregnancy test and birth control then?
CLINIC: Okay. Can you hold, please?
CLINIC: Okay, ma’am. I’m sorry about that.
CLINIC: What was I saying?
CALLER: Well, how much does it cost? Would I get the pregnancy test and the birth control pills on the same day?
CLINIC: If you would like to, if you got the pap the same day you took the pregnancy test.
CALLER: Well, how much should I bring for all that?
CLINIC: Well, the pap is $80. And then it just depends what pregnancy test you want to take. We’ll just say 15 just in case. So bring about $100 with you.
CALLER: And he can pay in cash?
CLINIC: Uh-huh. We don’t take personal checks. Cash, Master Card, Visa, American Express.
CALLER: Okay. So you just don’t take personal checks?
CALLER: If I had any other questions, could I call and talk to you? What was your name?
CLINIC: Yeah. My name’s Amber.
CALLER: Okay. All right. Thanks.
CLINIC: Okay. You’re welcome.