Listen to the Call:
FAMILY PLANNING ASSOC. MEDICAL GROUP
RIVERSIDE, CA 92506
TAPE – 679
(Dialing, phone ringing 3x)
CLINIC: Family Planning Associates. This is Kristen.
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: We do on Tuesdays and Fridays.
CALLER: Okay. Well, how much does that cost?
CLINIC: Do you know how far along you are?
CLINIC: Do you think you’re over 13 weeks?
CALLER: Well, I don’t know. I just haven’t had my period since January 3rd, and I’m just worried.
CLINIC: Okay. We only do surgeries here up to 13 weeks. And it’s $350 to be asleep and 310 to stay awake.
CALLER: Oh, okay. The thing is, I’m going to be 14 in a couple weeks, and my friend told me that you guys 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: No. He would probably have to just sign some forms in when he gets here.
CALLER: Oh, really?
CLINIC: Yeah. And you’d have to fill out some forms saying that you weren’t forced and this is by your choice. But we would have to report that because you are under age.
CALLER: Who would you have to report it to?
CLINIC: To a department.
CALLER: What department?
CLINIC: Of Health.
CALLER: Oh. Well, would they have to tell my parents?
CLINIC: Really, after you do your consent and everything, it’s doubtful. Let me find out how many more forms your boyfriend would have to do. Do you want to hold on one second?
CLINIC: Okay. So yeah, basically if your boyfriend’s going to come in with you, again we’ll just have to ask you some questions to make sure that you consented and that you weren’t forced or anything. But it does have to go to the Child Protection Agency. And it is possible that they can contact you.
CALLER: Oh. Well, I don’t want anyone to know about us. Would it just be better if he wasn’t there then?
CLINIC: If who wasn’t there?
CALLER: My boyfriend.
CLINIC: No. He doesn’t have to be here anyway. We’d still have to ask you those questions. And for us we have to report it; we have no choice. And that’s a state law.
CALLER: Oh. So there’s no way that my parents wouldn’t find out eventually?
CLINIC: It is possible that they can because you are under age. I can’t guarantee that, but by law that’s what we have to do.
CLINIC: Not necessarily that they will contact them, but again, you have to know that it’s possible.
CALLER: Well, what should I do then? I don’t want anyone to get in trouble.
CLINIC: And you know that could happen, right? Because he is older. But again, by law we have to report that. But we would put on there that it was consented.
CALLER: Well, yeah.
CLINIC: But again, that could happen.
CALLER: What can I do then? I mean, I don’t want to come in there and have my boyfriend get in trouble.
CLINIC: Well, we’re not going to do anything.
CALLER: But you’re going to report it, and then he’ll get in trouble, right?
CLINIC: Even if he wasn’t here we would still have to ask you who he is and that it was a consent. Because again, because you are younger and he is older, that’s what you have to do. If your parents did find out, that would have to be up to your parents. You know?
CALLER: So is there any other place I could go?
CLINIC: That’s it. Any other place that you go to — which I don’t know where you would go — by law they have to report it.
CALLER: Oh. So even though you don’t have to tell my parents, you’d have to —
CLINIC: We’re not going to tell your parents.
CALLER: Even though you don’t have to tell my parents, you’d have to report it to the people who would tell my parents?
CLINIC: Correct. Correct. Just to report the fact — because you are under age — that you are sexually active. Not necessarily they will contact your parents, but it is possible. And you would have to know that.
CALLER: Well, what if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant?
CLINIC: Then that doesn’t matter. Then we wouldn’t have to report it.
CALLER: Oh, okay. So could I get birth control pills then?
CLINIC: You could. You’d have to get a pap smear with us, and that’s a $50 charge. I’m sorry. The price went up. It’s $80 now for a pap smear.
CALLER: Oh, okay. But you wouldn’t have to report that I was on birth control, would you?
CLINIC: Actually the nurse, I’m sure she’ll ask you some questions.
(Talking to someone else) If she were to go on the pill, would the nurse have to report that?
Okay. So we’d be able to put you on the pill but not report that. But if you did have surgery with us, that is something by law that we’d have to report.
What makes you think you’re pregnant or not pregnant?
CALLER: Well, I just haven’t had my period since like January 3rd.
CLINIC: Have you taken a pregnancy test?
CLINIC: Are you using any type of birth control?
CLINIC: Well, your first step probably if you want to come in here is you can get a free pregnancy test.
CLINIC: Yeah. Or you can buy one over the counter.
CALLER: Are the ones over the counter usually right though?
CLINIC: Yeah. They’re pretty accurate. And that would be your first step. And then from there we can figure out what’s the next step. But first you want to find out if you’re pregnant or not instead of thinking about all this and worrying about all of it until you find out you are pregnant.
CALLER: Okay. All right. Well, if I was on birth control would my boyfriend be able to pick up the birth control pills? It’s just I can’t drive, and he would be the only way that —
CLINIC: He can come with you, yeah. I mean, he can’t come in the room with you or anything, but he can drive you here. You’d have the pap smear done and give you birth control pills.
CALLER: Well, even after all that to get the extra ones.
CLINIC: We’ll start you off with one pack, and then we’ll give you a prescription which you would have to take to a pharmacy.
CALLER: Oh, okay. All right. When do you guys normally do the pregnancy tests?
CLINIC: The pregnancy test is Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:15.
CALLER: Okay. Is that just like a walk-in thing?
CLINIC: Yeah, uh-huh. No appointment.
CALLER: Okay. All right. Well, let me call my boyfriend and see what he has to say.
CLINIC: Yeah, I would have him go to the store and get you a pregnancy test, and then do that first.
CALLER: All right. Thanks.
CLINIC: Uh-huh. Bye.