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#822 – Northside Women’s Clinic in Chamblee, GA

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TAPE – 822

(Dialing, phone ringing 4x)

CLINIC: Northside Women’s Clinic. Can you hold just a moment?

CALLER: Well, I was actually calling to see if you guys do abortions there.

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Do you know how much it cost for that?

CLINIC: When was the first day of your last normal period?

CALLER: January 15th.

CLINIC: And are you insured or have any medical benefits that can help you out in any way?

CALLER: No. My boyfriend said he would pay cash for everything.

CLINIC: Okay. If you’re uninsured and you’re between 6 and 11 weeks, the state has offered the uninsured patient the total of 435 for the procedure and 15 for the medicines that you would need after surgery.

CALLER: Okay. The thing is, I’m just kind of worried. I’m going to be 14 on the 19th of this month, and my friend said that you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22, and he said he would pay for everything. Would that be all right, and he could take care of it all, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: Well, unfortunately, Georgia law requires that if your parent doesn’t come with you to sign for you, you have to bring a letter signed stating that they understand you’re coming in for the termination of pregnancy.

CALLER: Oh. Well, is there any way not to have to tell my parents though?

CLINIC: Well, all I can tell you is that we don’t verify the letter, but you have to have it with you. And it becomes a part of your permanent record.

CALLER: Okay. So you don’t look for a signature or anything?

CLINIC: No. The signature has to be on there, but we don’t call to verify.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, me and my boyfriend were talking about all this. And he said he would pay for everything, but we just don’t want to have his name on anything. Would he have to sign anything?

CLINIC: No. The letter just has to be signed by a parent or guardian stating that they understand you’re here to terminate a pregnancy.

CALLER: Okay. Would you guys do a pregnancy test beforehand just to make sure?

CLINIC: Yes. They’ll do a test and an ultra sound before you ever go to surgery to make sure.

CALLER: If it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control from you guys? It’s just me and my boyfriend don’t want to have to worry about all this anymore.

CLINIC: Right. Unfortunately, since we’re just strictly an outpatient surgery, we don’t do any gynecology. We couldn’t do that. So they’d probably recommend that you go to the Health Department or if you have a doctor, to go back to your doctor.

CALLER: Would they have to tell anybody?


CALLER: All right.


CALLER: If I had any other questions, could I call and talk to you? What was your name?

CLINIC: Ricky. Okay?

CALLER: All right. Okay.

CLINIC: Thank you.

CALLER: Thanks.