Listen to the Call:
HAGERSTOWN REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES
160 W. WASHINGTON ST. FL 1
HAGERSTOWN, MD 21740
TAPE – 695
(dialing sound) (ringing 2X)
CLINIC: Hagerstown Reproductive Health Service.
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: Yes, we do.
CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know how much it costs for that?
CLINIC: Well, it depends on how far you’re along.
CALLER: Okay. Well, how do you know?
CLINIC: When was your first day of your last period?
CALLER: January 3.
CLINIC: As of today you’re between like 9 and 10 weeks, okay?
CLINIC: So that would be – it would be $285.
CLINIC: All right. Now do you know if your blood type is RH negative or positive?
CLINIC: Okay. Well, if it would be negative, there would be an additional $35 charge for microgam (sp). It’s a shot you would need to receive after the procedure.
CLINIC: Okay? And it’s not, if you were positive then it would just be the $285.
CALLER: Well, do you know — like the thing is, I’m going to be 14 later on this month, and my friend told me that you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just — is he old enough to take care of it and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: Well, let me — I’m going to have to give you to someone else. You could talk to them — might answer that better than I can.
CLINIC: Can you hold on one moment?
CLINIC: Okay. Hold on. (pause) Okay> What they tell me is in Maryland we would not have to tell your parents, okay?
CLINIC: But we’re going to refer you down to the Potomac Family Planning which is in Rockville. Okay? That — do you have a pencil?
CLINIC: Okay. It’s 1-800-260-2464.
CALLER: Well, why should I go there?
CLINIC: Well, because usually when you’re this young — it’s hard to go through and you need to really be relaxed and everything. Most likely he’d want to put you kind of under because here you’re awake and they just, they basically just numb you.
CLINIC: So it might be just for you might be a little bit — you might be a little bit more comfortable going down there.
CLINIC: Okay? We’re just –
CALLER: Well, could I ask you? It’s just I haven’t done a pregnancy test yet. Could I come there for that?
CLINIC: Yes, you can come here and get a free pregnancy test. Well, when was your — let’s see. So you said your last period then was in –
CALLER: January 3.
CLINIC: Okay. So you haven’t had one since?
CALLER: Right. That’s why we’re scared about all this.
CLINIC: Okay. Yes, you can come here and get a free pregnancy test. That’s no problem. You can come pretty much any time for that.
CALLER: Well, if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant could I get birth control?
CLINIC: They could schedule an appointment that you would get a yearly.
CALLER: How much does it cost for that?
CLINIC: I want to say around it’s between $40 and $60, but don’t hold me to that.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: I usually do lab work, so I’m not 100 percent on that. But I mean, it’s not ungodly expensive or anything.
CALLER: But would anybody have to know if I was on birth control?
CLINIC: As far as I know, no.
CALLER: Okay. The thing is, me and my boyfriend were talking about all this and he said that he would pay for everything, but we don’t want anyone to know about us. If he was paying would he have to sign anything?
CLINIC: I mean, if he pays cash or whatever, yeah.
CALLER: All right. So if I had any other questions could I call and talk to you? What was your name?
CLINIC: I’m Diane, but you can talk to any of the — I mean, it’s a counselor is usually who answers the phone. So you can ask them anything and they can help you out, probably even better than me. (laughs) Okay?
CLINIC: All righty?
CALLER: Thank you.
CLINIC: Bye bye.