Listen to the Call:
112 SANTA FE AVE
LA JUNTA, CO 81050-1523
719 / 384-4496
TAPE – 568
(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. This is Lori (sp). How may I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: No, we don’t. The closest clinic is Colorado Springs.
CALLER: Oh. Well, do you have the number for that?
CLINIC: Uh-huh. I sure do. Let’s see. It is 1-800-472-7162.
CALLER: All right. Well, do you know, I’m just worried about all this because like my friend told me — like well, I’m going to be 14 in March, and my friend said that you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of it and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: You mean, to just go up and have it done?
CLINIC: And without your parents knowing about it?
CALLER: Right, yeah.
CLINIC: Yeah, you can go up there. You don’t — in the state of Colorado you don’t have to have your parents’ consent to have an abortion no matter what age you are, and they can’t force you to have one either, you know, if people don’t want one. So they don’t have to know, and Planned Parenthood will not tell them.
CLINIC: So your boyfriend can take you up there.
CALLER: Oh, really?
CALLER: Well, it’s just we were talking about all this, and we decided that we didn’t want anyone to know about us. He said he would pay for everything, but would he have to sign anything if he was paying for it?
CLINIC: No. He just — the only thing is that, you know, he has to pay it in cash or they’ll take like a money order. They won’t take a personal check or they’ll take a credit card. But they won’t– they’ll just have you, you know, fill out medical paperwork, but they won’t have him sign for anything.
CALLER: Well, how much money do you think we should bring?
CLINIC: It depends on how far along you are in your pregnancy. I mean, it could range anywhere from $300 to $600.
CALLER: Well, how do you know how far along you are? Like my last period was like December 26.
CLINIC: December 26? And do you know that you’re pregnant?
CALLER: Well, no. I just haven’t had my period for awhile, and I’m worried.
CLINIC: And you’re probably — and your periods are pretty regular?
CALLER: Most of the time, yeah.
CLINIC: Okay. Hold on and I’ll go look, okay?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: (pause) Okay, your period was December 26 you said?
CLINIC: And you haven’t taken a test yet, right?
CLINIC: Okay, so what you’ll — before you actually make an appointment for sure with them, you can call and ask them the information about the pricing and stuff, you’ll need to get a test done somewhere.
CALLER: Can I go in there for that?
CLINIC: Are you a patient here?
CALLER: Well, no.
CLINIC: You haven’t been here before? If you’re not a patient here, then it’s an automatic $22.
CALLER: Okay. Well, my boyfriend said that he would pay for everything.
CLINIC: He’ll pay for it? Yeah. Because you just need some kind of verification, and we give you a copy of it if you are. That way you can take that with you up there stating that, you know, you already had one done here.
CALLER: Okay. But if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control there?
CLINIC: Uh-huh. You sure can.
CALLER: Well, could I get it right away?
CLINIC: Um-hum. If you want pills, we can give them to you the day you come in, but if you want anything else besides that then you have to wait for your period to start for the shots. But for pills, we can give them to you right away.
CALLER: Okay. But would anybody have to know if I was on birth control though?
CLINIC: No. Nope.
CLINIC: And nobody can know, so that way people aren’t allowed to call, and we can’t give information out.
CALLER: Okay. Well, how much does it cost for birth control?
CLINIC: For the visit it’s $20 for a one-time visit charge, and then after that for your pills they’ll be $10 for one pack, so you’d get one pack for each month, so they’re $10 apiece.
CALLER: Okay. Well the thing is, I can’t drive yet. Would my boyfriend be able to pick up like the pills?
CLINIC: Can he bring you in for you to fill out the paperwork for the first time?
CLINIC: And then after that all you have to do is we’ll just have you write on a piece of paper saying that it’s okay for him to pick up pills for you, and then we just stick in your chart, and he can come in whenever you need him to to pick up pills.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: Okay. I’m looking to see if you are pregnant I’m trying to see how far along you are, because I know through Planned Parenthood they only do it up until you’re 16 weeks.
CLINIC: And this is February 28. So if you are pregnant, then it would put you at 9 weeks, so you still would have a few weeks.
CLINIC: So then if you’re not then we can get you on the pills.
CALLER: Okay. So I should call that number that you gave me and ask them?
CLINIC: You can call them, you know, and ask them about pricing and stuff like that. Tell them that, you know, that you’re about you think about 9 weeks and that you’re just wanting to know some information. And then you can come in and we can do a test to see if you are or if you’re not.
CALLER: But my boyfriend and I could come in and see about a pregnancy test?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: And we’re here until 4:00.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Uh-huh You’re welcome.
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