Listen to the Call:
GERMANTOWN REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES
13233 EXECUTIVE PARK TERRACE
GERMANTOWN, MD 20874
TAPE – 698
(dialing sound) (ringing 1X)
CLINIC: Reproductive Health Services. Please hold.
CLINIC: We’ll be with you in a minute.
CLINIC: (pause) Thank you for holding. How may I help you?
CALLER: Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: Yes, we do.
CALLER: Okay. Well, how much does that cost?
CLINIC: It depends on how far along you are. Do you know the first day of your last period?
CALLER: January 3.
CLINIC: Okay. Did you want to stay awake or be asleep?
CALLER: I’m not really sure.
CLINIC: Okay. It would be $275 to stay awake, $450 to be asleep.
CALLER: Okay. Well, my boyfriend said that he would pay for everything. It’s just the thing is I’m going to be later on this month and my friend told me that you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of it and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: We wouldn’t tell your parents even if your boyfriend wasn’t with you.
CLINIC: You do have to sign a parental notification form, which means that if there’s an emergency we do need a number where we can reach one of your parents.
CLINIC: But we would never call and tell them unless we had an emergency with you.
CALLER: Okay. It’s just, me and my boyfriend were talking about all this and he said that he would pay for everything. It’s just, we don’t want anyone to know about us. But —
CLINIC: It’s all confidential.
CALLER: Okay. So, but like does he have to sign anything though if he’s paying?
CALLER: Oh, okay. That’s what he was worried about. But also, it’s just I haven’t had a pregnancy test yet. You guys do that there?
CLINIC: We do but you should probably have a home pregnancy test before you actually come in. If you wanted to come here and have a pregnancy test it would be $5.
CALLER: Okay. I’m just worried about the one at the store not being right, so.
CLINIC: Okay. Well, then you could come in here and have one.
CALLER: Okay. What time do you normally do pregnancy tests there?
CLINIC: We do them all day. You could come in between 9 and 5 and just have a walk-in pregnancy test done. If it’s positive we can set up an appointment for you to have a termination.
CLINIC: If it’s not positive then we would send you away and have you come back in two weeks if you still hadn’t gotten your period.
CALLER: Okay. Well, could I get birth control?
CLINIC: Birth control you would need to have a pap smear first.
CLINIC: That’s $85, and then your pills would be free.
CALLER: Okay. But would anybody have to know if I was on birth control though?
CLINIC: No. It all depended on how well you hid them.
CALLER: Okay. All right. Well, so you guys — it’s just the thing is my boyfriend works from 8 to 5 during the week. Do you have like any weekend hours, or —
CLINIC: We don’t. We don’t have weekend hours in this office, but we do in the Prince George’s County office. We have Saturday hours.
CALLER: My last period was January 3.
CALLER: Okay. All right. So maybe he could get the time off. I don’t know. He was just wanting to go to you guys for some reason. So.
CLINIC: Well, Thursdays our appointments are very late. Could he take half a day? We could have you in at 3:15.
CALLER: Maybe. Yeah. He would just — I need to call him and see. Let me call him and call you back. What was your name?
CLINIC: My name’s Tory.
CALLER: All right. Okay.
CLINIC: Bye bye.