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#841 – Cedar Rapids Clinic For Women in Cedar Rapids, IA

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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?

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: Okay. Well, let me call my boyfriend and call you back. What was your name?

CLINIC: I’m Marty.


CLINIC: Um-hmm.

CALLER: All right. Okay. Thanks.

CLINIC: Um-hmm. Bye bye.


#197 – Planned Parenthood in Cedar Rapids, IA

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1500 2ND AVE SE # 100
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA 52403-2360

TAPE – 197

(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. Can I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?

CLINIC: We don’t. Iowa City Planned Parenthood does. Cedar Rapids Clinic here in Cedar Rapids. And the Emma Goldman Clinic in Iowa City.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you have the number for the Cedar Rapids one?

CLINIC: If you hold on a second. Hold on.


CLINIC: Cedar Rapids Clinic for Women, 390-4342.

CALLER: Okay. Well, my friend told me that you guys have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion. Is that true?

CLINIC: Are you under 18?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: You’ll be 14 in March?


CLINIC: Okay. Yes. You have to be over the age of 18 to not have to inform your parents. However, there is a — you can go to court.

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: And have that waived.


CLINIC: If the judge thinks that you have a circumstance in which you couldn’t tell your parents for some reason or another, you could have that waived, and you wouldn’t need to tell your parents.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do I have to tell the judge or anything? Like, well like the reason why I can’t tell my parents is because like my boyfriend’s 22, and we’re in love and we’re going to get married and everything, but like they hate him because they think he’s too old for me. So like that’s why I can’t tell my parents at all.

CLINIC: So it sounds like this should be a very complex situation. (laughs) You know, has — have you talked to him? He knows you’re pregnant?


CLINIC: Okay, and you both decided that abortion is the best thing?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: Okay. You know, the judge has to decide that. I’m not going to tell you if that’s, you know, an adequate reason.


CLINIC: Or not. It kind of has to go there. What kind of information are you looking for?

CALLER: Well, like do — will the judge say yes, or does he, does he ever say no?

CLINIC: I don’t know the statistics on when he says no and how often he says yes. I think it depends on the situation and the judge, and there is a process to that too. You have to go down to the courthouse.

CALLER: Well, how would I get there? Like can my boyfriend take me?

CLINIC: Yes. I mean, you can do it however you need to do it. Can you hold on a second?


CLINIC: And I can see if I can get some more information for you?

CALLER: All right.


(long pause)

(dialing sounds) (ringing 3X)

CLINIC: This is Planned Parenthood. Can I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. Well, I was talking to someone else. I had to hang up because my friend’s mom came in. But —

CLINIC: Do you know who you were talking to?

CALLER: No. She didn’t tell me her name.

CLINIC: A nurse perhaps?

CALLER: I don’t know. I just —

CLINIC: Okay. Hold on just a minute. I think I have an idea. Hold on.



CLINIC: Hello?

CALLER: Yeah. Was I talking to you earlier?

CLINIC: Who are you?

CALLER: I’m Christine.

CLINIC: And can you tell me a little bit of your story?

CALLER: Oh, well, I was the one asking if you guys had to tell my parents.

CLINIC: Okay. You’re 14?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: Okay. That’s all the information I got out of you. Okay. The people that you would need to talk to are not here.


CLINIC: I’m not sure — oh, Tracy went up to the foundation too. Is there a number that we could call you back at, if not tonight, tomorrow?

CALLER: Well, I don’t know. Like, not really. I’m at my friend’s house, so.

CLINIC: You’re at your friend’s house. Okay. You know, like I said, this is a pretty complex situation. There are a lot of steps to this process, and it’s not easy. I’m going to tell you that.


CLINIC: So you can call back in probably an hour. You could call back at 4:00, and I could see if somebody was here to talk to you.


CLINIC: Or you can call back on Monday sometime between the hours of 9:00 to 5:00. Tomorrow nobody will be here to talk to you, and with this situation. So you can call back in an hour or you can call back on Monday between 9:00 and 5:00.

CALLER: Well, is it okay if I call you later today?

CLINIC: Yeah, that’s fine. I just can’t guarantee that anybody will be here, but we’ll try.

CALLER: Okay. Well, what was your name?

CLINIC: My name’s Bree (ph).



CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Uh-huh. Bye bye.


(phone clicks)