Listen to the Call:
PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF LOS ANGELES
1057 KINGSTON AVE
LOS ANGELES, CA 90033-1310
TAPE – 487
(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)
CLINIC: Thank you for calling Planned Parenthood. How may I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: Yes, we do.
CALLER: Oh. Well, how much does that cost?
CLINIC: It ranges based on how far the person is into the pregnancy and what their income is. It would be based on that.
CALLER: Oh. Well, I don’t know how far along I am. How do you know?
CLINIC: Is this for you?
CLINIC: When did you have your last period?
CALLER: It was December 21st.
CLINIC: December 21st. So you’re maybe — let me see. Hold on one second, okay?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: (pause) Okay, you said the first day of your last period was December 21st?
CLINIC: Okay. So right now, say you’re on the 26th — you’re a little over 9 weeks. In the state of California the limit is 24 weeks, so you’re still in the first trimester, which means you’re fine still. The only thing is, once you exceed 12 weeks the price is going to jump to a higher bracket. Right now for you it’s going to be anywhere from $290 to $348. If you are over 12 weeks, the fee is going to go up from $400, and this keeps going up higher, higher and higher.
CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know — like I’m just really worried because like my friend said that I’ll be — since like I’ll be 14 in March that they would have to tell my parents I’m getting an abortion. But my boyfriend’s 22. Would he — is he old enough to take care of it and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: Okay. Run that by me again. I’m sorry?
CALLER: I’m just worried because — I’m going to be 14 in March. And she said, my friend told me that they would have to tell my parents —
CALLER: — I’m getting an abortion. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just sign whatever it is?
CLINIC: No one needs to sign anything but you.
CLINIC: You just need to sign your documents stating that you understand what’s going to take place, whatever the case is. But no consent is needed. Did somebody call for you right now, or did you have somebody call?
CLINIC: Okay, I just the same kind of question. Hold on one second. Okay?
CALLER: Okay. I’m sorry about that. No consent is needed, whether it be from your boyfriend, your parents, whoever. You just, you’re going to be the one responsible for signing the documents because you’re the one that’s going through this procedure. All we ask is that you will need to have a driver to and from.
CLINIC: Okay. My boyfriend said he would bring me. Would that be all right if he’s there?
CALLER: That’s fine. You haven’t call before?
CALLER: Never called before? Okay. So let me go ahead and give you the number that you can contact.
CALLER: Hold on one second. What city do you live in?
CLINIC: I live in LA.
CALLER: In Los Angeles.
CLINIC: Okay. What area code are you in?
CALLER: I live by Thousand Oaks.
CLINIC: Thousand Oaks? Okay. I don’t have my list. Oh, here it is. Hold on one second. I’m going to give you the telephone number so you don’t call long distance. Are you near Van Nuys?
CLINIC: The number is 818-843-2009. Hold on one second. How did you find out you were pregnant?
CALLER: I’m just worried because I haven’t had my period. I don’t know really if I’m pregnant.
CLINIC: Okay. What you need to do first, the first step is take a test. Okay? Because you can’t do anything else without knowing. So you have to take that test first. If it comes up positive, then we can go ahead and set up an appointment for you if that’s what you choose.
CALLER: Well, is it all right if my boyfriend comes in with me for the pregnancy test?
CLINIC: That’s completely fine. That’s completely fine. That’s not a problem. The Van Nuys location, Conogal (sp) Park and Burbank are all open today; if you want to walk in, you can do so. You don’t need an appointment.
CALLER: Well, is it all right to come there for a pregnancy test? I just don’t want anyone to see me.
CLINIC: Well, you can come in. I mean, there’s people going through the same thing that you are. I mean, you’re not the only one walking in for pregnancy tests. You can walk in, and you can tell them discreetly that you need a pregnancy test and your results are going to be given in a room. It’s not going to be given in front of everyone. But everybody — we have so many people that walk in for pregnancy tests or people who need emergency contraception. You can always walk in for that. You never need an appointment as long as they’re open.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: Okay? So if you want to go to a different clinic like other than your area, that’s fine.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, do you know if like I wasn’t pregnant if I could get birth control?
CLINIC: That’s fine. But you need to set up an appointment.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, if I was on birth control would they have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: No. All our services at Planned Parenthood are confidential. We do not have to give consent to anyone without your permission. If you want us to release your paperwork, that’s something else. But other than that, if somebody wants to request it we need to have your permission or else we will not release anything.
CALLER: Okay. It’s just, me and my boyfriend have been talking about this a lot, and we decided that we didn’t want anyone to know about us or —
CLINIC: Yeah, of course.
CALLER: Or go through all this again. So.
CLINIC: Yeah, of course. It’s a hard thing to go through in a relationship and by yourself sometimes. So I completely understand. But that’s why our services are confidential. We do not release any information. And that’s basically the bottom line.
CALLER: Well, do you know — like I’m not old enough to drive yet, but could my boyfriend pick up the birth control pills?
CLINIC: No. You need — he can come in with you, but you need to be the one to pick them up. You have to be there.
CALLER: All right.
CALLER: Okay. Well, if I had any other questions, could I call and talk to you? What was your name?
CLINIC: My name is Vanessa.
CALLER: Okay. Thanks.
CLINIC: You’re welcome.
CLINIC: Bye bye.
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