Listen to the Call:
FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATES MEDICAL GROUP
MONTECLAIR, CA 91763
TAPE – 714
(Dialing, phone ringing)
CLINIC: Good afternoon, Family Planning Associates. This is Diana? (unclear). Can I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: Yes, we do. Hold on a minute?
CLINIC: Okay. Yes, we do.
CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know how much it cost there?
CLINIC: The fee is 350.
CALLER: Okay. The thing is, I’m going to be 14 later on this month, and my friend said that you guys would have to tell my parents about all this. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of it, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: No. We don’t tell anyone. Everything that we do here is confidential.
CALLER: Okay. All right. We were talking about all this, and he said that he’s going to pay cash for everything. But we just don’t want anyone to know about us. Would he have to fill out any forms if he was paying?
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: Let me go ahead and transfer your call, okay?
CALLER: To who?
CLINIC: To the manager. Hold on.
CALLER: Oh, all right.
CLINIC: Thank you for holding. How may I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering about getting an abortion?
CLINIC: For an appointment?
CALLER: Well, yeah. I was wanting to ask questions. I’m going to be 14 next month, or later on this month —
CLINIC: Fourteen years old?
CALLER: My friend told me that you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just sign whatever it is, and you wouldn’t have to tell on me?
CLINIC: If you’re 13 years old, we would have to contract Department of Social Services.
CALLER: Who is that?
CLINIC: A social worker.
CALLER: Okay. Why?
CLINIC: Why? Because you’re 13 years old.
CALLER: Okay. Well, should I wait until I’m 14?
CLINIC: I can’t tell you what to do, but we would have to contact that department if you are 13 years old.
CALLER: Okay. Well, my last period was January 3rd. That’s why I’m just really worried about all this.
CLINIC: Let’s say you are in your first trimester, which is six weeks, up to 13 weeks, counting from the first day of your last period —
CALLER: That was January 3rd.
CLINIC: And your periods are regular?
CLINIC: Not all the time?
CALLER: Well, I’ve been late before but only like a week.
CLINIC: You already had a pregnancy test done?
CALLER: Well, no. I just haven’t had my period since January 3rd, and I’m just really scared.
CLINIC: Thirteen weeks is April 4th. So once you’re over 13-and-a-half weeks pregnant, then it would be a two-day procedure. But as long as you’re between six and 13 weeks, it would only be a one day. So I’m not going to tell you to wait; you know what I mean?
CALLER: Okay. Well, I’ll be 14 on March 19th.
CLINIC: Okay. Well, if you want to wait until then, go ahead and do so, and then make your appointment.
CALLER: But would you have to report to the people there?
CLINIC: Not at all.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CALLER: All right. So it would just be better to wait then?
CLINIC: Well, I can’t tell you what to do, but only if you don’t want your parents to know. I’m telling you that we would have to let them know if you’re 13 years old. Okay?
CALLER: So could I come in there for a pregnancy test though just to make sure?
CLINIC: Yeah, you could.
CALLER: Well, what time do you normally do those?
CLINIC: We’re doing them now. You could just walk in. We close at 4:30. So you might want to try to come in before then, okay?
CALLER: Well, my boyfriend’s got to get the time off work.
CLINIC: If not, Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30. You could come in tomorrow.
CALLER: Okay. But would you have to tell anybody if I was getting a pregnancy test?
CALLER: Okay. Well, if it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys do birth control there?
CLINIC: Yes. First you would have to come for a pap smear, which is $80. And then we’ll give you a six-month supply of pills.
CALLER: But would anybody have to know if I was on birth control though?
CLINIC: If you were 13 (laughing)?
CALLER: If I was 13, they would have to know?
CLINIC: Hold on.
CLINIC: If you were just coming in for a pap smear and birth control, then we wouldn’t report it.
CALLER: Okay. So it would be all right if my boyfriend was there with me, and you wouldn’t tell anybody about us or him or anything?
CLINIC: Excuse me?
CALLER: It would be all right if my boyfriend was there with me? Because he said he would pay for everything.
CLINIC: He could wait for you in the lobby. But when you’re having a pap smear, no, he cannot be there with you. You know what I mean?
CALLER: But he can be in the lobby, and he can pay for everything?
CLINIC: He can wait for you there. Yeah.
CALLER: And he wouldn’t get in trouble or anything?
CLINIC: No. That wouldn’t be a problem.
CALLER: So if it ended up that I was pregnant, I should call you after the 19th?
CALLER: And you wouldn’t have to report it then?
CLINIC: No, not if you’re 14.
CALLER: Okay. If I had any other questions, could I call you before — I need to talk to my boyfriend and see exactly when he can get off work to take me.
CLINIC: Sure. But you might want to come in and get a test though. You can just walk in for that.
CALLER: Okay. Well, what was your name?
CLINIC: My name is Ferthice. You can talk to anyone. It doesn’t matter. Okay?
CLINIC: All righty. Bye bye.