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#187 – Planned Parenthood in Sioux City, IA

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SIOUX CITY, IA 51106-1914

TAPE – 187

(dialing sound) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Thank you for calling Planned Parenthood of Sioux City. This is Heather. Can I help you?

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

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Well, how much does that cost?

CLINIC: Depends on how far along you are. Between 7 and 13 weeks — do you have insurance?

CALLER: Well, my boyfriend said that he would pay for it.


CALLER: He’s got a job. He’s 22, so.

CLINIC: Okay. It’s $450 full cost.


CLINIC: That’s between 7 and 13 weeks. Our next opening is March 5.

CALLER: Okay. Do you know if there’s like an age limit to have an abortion?

CLINIC: Are you under 18?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: You’ll be 14 in March?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: Okay. There is parental notification.

CALLER: Oh, really? Is there any way not to tell my parents, because they would totally flip out because they hate my boyfriend. They think he’s too old for me.

CLINIC: The only other way around it would be what is called a judicial bypass where you go up in front of a judge.

CALLER: What do I have to do for that? Like do I need a lawyer?

CLINIC: You contact a lawyer, yep.

CALLER: How much does that cost?

CLINIC: I’m not sure.

CALLER: Oh. Okay. Well, do you know like if the judge says — like does the judge usually say it’s all right?

CLINIC: I believe only in cases of like abusive cases and stuff like that. I don’t know for sure.

CALLER: Okay, because like me and my boyfriend are in love, but we just can’t tell my parents.

CLINIC: Yeah. Can you hold one moment?


RECORDING: — a disease that is almost 100 percent curable if detected early. More than 23,000 Iowa women had their annual exam at Planned Parenthood last year. We’d be happy to schedule an appointment for you —

CLINIC: Okay, thank you for holding. The only way that a judge would do it is in cases of like abuse or if you’re threatened by your parents. So basically you would just have to tell them.

CALLER: Oh. All right. Well, say that I wasn’t pregnant. Do you guys like have birth control there?


CALLER: Yeah? Would you have to tell anybody about that?


CALLER: Okay. Like would my boyfriend be able to bring me in and —

CLINIC: Well, are you pregnant?

CALLER: Well, I think so.

CLINIC: Okay. Then we can’t give you birth control.

CALLER: Oh. Well, okay.

CLINIC: Birth control is not going to do anything. If you’re already pregnant, it’s not going to — you know, like get rid of the pregnancy for you.

CALLER: Well, yeah. But is it okay to — like could I come in for like a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: Um-hum.


CLINIC: Let me get the schedule. Can you hold?


RECORDING: — regardless of how much you can afford to pay. We offer convenient hours including evenings and Saturdays so you won’t have to juggle your schedule to make an appointment. All calls are confidential. Please stay on hold. We’ll be with you shortly. (music) Are you looking for more information about Planned Parenthood? Check us out on the Internet at You’ll find links to our health services, information about sexually transmitted infections, news on issues of family planning being debated by the Iowa legislature, the locations of all our clinics in Iowa —

CLINIC: Okay. Can you come in tomorrow?

CALLER: Well, I’d have to call my boyfriend to see when he can get off work, but I think so.

CLINIC: Okay. Give us a call back and we’ll try to squeeze you in tomorrow.



CALLER: But you guys don’t have to tell anybody?


CALLER: All right. Okay.

CLINIC: Thanks.

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Good bye.


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