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#561 – Planned Parenthood in Worcester, MA

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WORCESTER, MA 1605-2010

TAPE – 561

(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)

RECORDING: Thank you for calling Planned Parenthood Worcester. If you know your party’s four-digit extension you may dial it now or at any time during this message. For our staff directory, please press the pound key. If you are a patient of Planned Parenthood and are having a medical emergency, please press 9. Listen carefully to the following options. To make an appointment, press 2. (dial sound) — and pregnancy information press 3. (dial sound) (music) (ringing 1x)

CLINIC: How can I help you?

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

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Oh. Well, how much does that cost?

CLINIC: It depends on how far along you are. Have you had a positive pregnancy test?

CALLER: Well, no. I’m just really worried about all this because I haven’t had my period since like December 26, and I’m scared.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, we do offer pregnancy tests. They’re $10. We can do them any time before 5:00 today or any time — we stop doing them an hour before we close every day. So you could come in any day and get a pregnancy test.

CALLER: Okay. Well, it’s just the thing is like, my friend told me that since like — well I’ll be 14 next month — she said that you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of everything, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No. Unfortunately because of the law you’re going to have to — you can come in for a pregnancy test which would start off the whole process.

CALLER: Well, does anybody have to know about the pregnancy test?

CLINIC: You know, I’m not sure about that. Can I put you on hold a moment?


CLINIC: (pause) Hey. Are you still there?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah, I’m here.

CLINIC: Okay. We don’t have to tell your parents about the pregnancy test, and we also don’t have to, by law don’t have to release that information to them.


CLINIC: So my recommendation would be to come in and get a pregnancy test and like I say you can do that any time. And then once you come in we can also talk to you about, you know, maybe talking to your parents or possibly getting judicial consent which would mean that they wouldn’t — you’d have to go before a judge with a lawyer, and —

CALLER: How much does a lawyer cost?

CLINIC: You know, that I don’t know. I think that we have the number to find out about that. Do you want me to put you on hold and I can find out?

CALLER: Well, okay.

CLINIC: Okay. Hold on. (pause)

You there?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: I’m sorry to keep you holding. Our Boston office, we have an 800 number there. They can tell you how to get in contact with a lawyer to do the judicial consent.

CALLER: Okay. What’s the 800 number?

CLINIC: It’s 1-800-682-9218.

CALLER: Okay. Well —

CLINIC: But really you need to have a positive pregnancy test first.

CALLER: Okay. Well, if it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant, could I come in there and get birth control?


CALLER: But would you have to tell anybody if I was on birth control though?

CLINIC: (consulting) We’re going to check on that. Can you hold another moment?

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: (pause) Okay?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: I’m so sorry. You don’t. Your parents don’t have to know about the birth control.


CLINIC: The only thing by law that we have to do —

CALLER: It’s just we don’t want to have to go through all this again, so.

CLINIC: Yep. Yep. The only thing by law we have to tell them is about an abortion.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay? So that’s the only thing that you would — you know, possibly you have to get a judicial consent or tell them about. The birth control and seeing —

CALLER: So if I came in for a pregnancy test, would it be all right if my boyfriend was there with me?


CALLER: I mean, he’d be the only way I could get there.


CALLER: It’s just —

CLINIC: We do have a waiting room. You’d have to see the nurse or the counselor by yourself.


CLINIC: And that, you know, is not painful obviously.

CALLER: Okay. It’s just me and my boyfriend were talking about all this, and we don’t want anyone to know about us. If he was paying for everything, would he have to sign anything?


CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Nope. And — I forgot what I was going to say.

CALLER: Well, how much does a pregnancy test cost?

CLINIC: A pregnancy test is $10.


CLINIC: However, our — we call them a HOPE visit, women would like to get on birth control. That costs $40.

CALLER: Okay. Well, how much does an abortion cost?

CLINIC: An abortion costs a minimum of $390, and it can go all the way up to $890.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay? So it is quite expensive.

CALLER: So if I was pregnant, how much do you think that I would have to pay?

CLINIC: You know what? Actually if you’re a high school student, the HOPE visit to get on birth control would only be $5.

CALLER: Oh. Well –

CLINIC: But the abortions are still the same price, between $390 and $890, depending on how along you are.

CALLER: Oh, okay.



CLINIC: And then birth control pills are $15 a monthly pack.

CALLER: Okay. Well, is it all right — the thing is, I’m not old enough to drive yet. Would my boyfriend be able to pick them up?

CLINIC: He would, but you’d have to come in for the visit first.

CALLER: Oh, okay.



CLINIC: Because we like to do — we like to take blood pressure and talk to you about how to take them and what to do and stuff like that.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay? So it would best if you came in.


CLINIC: And if you’d like to —

CALLER: Let me call him and see when he has time off work.


CALLER: Could I call you and talk to you if I had any other questions? What’s your name?

CLINIC: Certainly. My name is Kelly.


CLINIC: And when you call we can also if you’d like to do the HOPE visit at the same time we can make an appointment for that.


CLINIC: So that you can do the pregnancy test and possibly the HOPE visit at the same time.

CALLER: Okay. So how much does — how much should we bring then?

CLINIC: You’re going to want to bring $10 for the pregnancy test, $5 for a HOPE visit if you’re positive, that you’re not pregnant.


CLINIC: And — actually, you know what? I think the pregnancy test takes — let me find out how long the pregnancy takes. Can you hold a moment?

CALLER: Oh, yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. The pregnancy test we can do the same day; if you’d like to wait sometimes they’ll do the HOPE visit as well.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: You probably want to bring — let’s see here. It’s $10, $15, $30 — at least $40.



CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: By like I said, call him, find out when he can bring you, and then give us a call back and we’ll let you know. Okay?

CALLER: Okay. And you’re sure that nobody has to know about any of this?

CLINIC: Nobody has to know. It’s completely confidential.

CALLER: All right. Okay. Thanks.


CALLER: Okay. So I’ll call back.

CLINIC: Call if you have any more questions, too. Okay?

CALLER: All right.


CALLER: Thank you.

CLINIC: Bye bye.


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