Listen to the Call:
CEDAR RAPIDS CLINIC FOR WOMEN
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA 52404
TAPE – 841
(Dialing, phone ringing 3x)
CLINIC: Cedar Rapids Planning for Women.
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: We do.
CALLER: Do you know how much it cost for that?
CLINIC: It depends on how many weeks pregnant you are.
CALLER: How do you know?
CLINIC: This is for yourself?
CLINIC: And when was your last period?
CALLER: January 15th.
CLINIC: (Pause) Are you calling from Cedar Rapids?
CLINIC: Okay. Yeah. Have you had a pregnancy test done?
CALLER: Well, no.
CLINIC: Okay. Well, we first need to do a pregnancy test and a pelvic exam. And then once we did that we could determine what the cost would be.
CALLER: Okay. The thing is, my boyfriend said he would pay cash for every thing. But I’m going to be 14 later on this month, and my friend said that you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22, and he was going to take care of it all. Would that be all right, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: You either need to have parental notification or you would need to get a judicial bypass.
CALLER: What’s that?
CLINIC: That’s where you go through the court system, and a judge would grant you the ability to have an abortion without telling your parents.
CALLER: Do I need a lawyer for that?
CLINIC: No. You would just need to call the clerk of the court. There’s no cost to you for that.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, does the judge usually say it’s all right?
CLINIC: In most cases, yeah. I haven’t heard them turn one down yet. But we would give you that information also once you had a pregnancy test. Do you want to make an appointment for a pregnancy test?
CALLER: Well, yeah. What time do you normally do them?
CLINIC: We’re open Monday through Friday. What time of day is better for you?
CALLER: What times are you open?
CLINIC: From 9:30 to 5.
CALLER: Okay. I would have to call my boyfriend to see. But we were talking about all this, and he said he would pay for it all, but we don’t want anyone to know about us. Would he have to sign anything or have his name on any forms?
CLINIC: No, he wouldn’t.
CALLER: Okay. Well, if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, would I be able to get birth control from you guys?
CLINIC: You can. We would need to do a yearly gyn exam, a pap test, and then we could put you on birth control pills.
CALLER: Well, how much does that cost?
CLINIC: The exam is $55 and the pills are $15 for each month.
CALLER: Okay. But would anybody have to know if I was on birth control?
CLINIC: No, uh-uh.
CALLER: So you’re open tomorrow from 9 to 5?
CALLER: Okay. Well, let me call my boyfriend and call you back. What was your name?
CLINIC: I’m Marty.
CALLER: All right. Okay. Thanks.
CLINIC: Um-hmm. Bye bye.