Listen to the Call:
MEADOWBROOK WOMEN’S CLINIC
825 S. 8TH ST. # 1018
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55404
TAPE – 755
(Dialing, phone ringing 4x)
RECORDING: You have reached Medical Goldman’s (?) Clinic. All of our lines are busy, and we ask that you remain on the line. Your call will be answered when the next operator becomes available. Our telephone hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
CLINIC: (Unclear) Clinic. Can you please hold?
CALLER: Yeah, okay.
CLINIC: Thank you for holding. This is Adrienne. How may I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: Yes, we do.
CALLER: How much does it cost for that?
CLINIC: It depends on how far along you are. Do you know when the first day of your last period was?
CALLER: January 3rd.
CLINIC: At our clinic, anything less than 12 weeks, which you are, is the same fee. And that’s $535.
CLINIC: And we schedule those appointments Monday through Friday in the early morning.
CALLER: In the early morning?
CALLER: Okay. What time?
CLINIC: Usually 6:45 a.m. to about 8:15 a.m.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: And you’ll be at the clinic about four hours during the day.
CALLER: Oh, okay. 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 I was getting an abortion. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of it, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: No. Unfortunately, if you’re only 14, we do still have to notify both of your biological parents.
CLINIC: It’s just a state law in Minnesota. Have you told your parents yet?
CALLER: Well, no. They know my boyfriend, and they know we’re going out, but they don’t know we’re having sex. If they found out about that, I don’t know what they would do.
CLINIC: There is an option of going to court and having a court grant you permission to have the abortion without telling your parents. If you’d like, I could give you that phone number.
CLINIC: It’s 612-348-6824. And you need to set up the court appointment. And then once you have the court appointment set up, then you can get the abortion appointment set up also.
CALLER: Okay. How much does it cost for that?
CLINIC: Court is free.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: Then you would just have to pay for the cost of the abortion.
CALLER: Well, does the judge ever say no or anything?
CLINIC: Not usually. The judge is usually good. And it’s an easy process.
CALLER: Oh, all right.
CLINIC: All right?
CALLER: 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. Would he have to sign any forms if he was paying for everything?
CLINIC: No. But if he came to the clinic, we would have to get a copy of his picture i.d.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, would it be better if he didn’t come to the clinic then?
CLINIC: It’s up to you.
CALLER: Well, would it be bad if like —
CLINIC: Can I put you on hold?
CLINIC: Okay. Thanks for holding. I had another call coming in. It’s really up to you whether or not you wanted to bring him.
CALLER: Well, I would just really feel better if he was there with me. But if had his picture on file, would that be — would anybody tell? Would anybody find out about him?
CLINIC: You know, that’s just for our records. All of your records at our clinic are confidential.
CALLER: Oh, okay. So you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about him or anything?
CALLER: The thing is, I haven’t had a pregnancy test yet. I just haven’t had my period in a while. Do you guys do the pregnancy test there?
CLINIC: We offer a free pregnancy test Monday through Friday between 8:00 and 2:00. You can just stop in, and as long as you have a picture i.d. we can do that.
CALLER: Okay. Well, I don’t have a picture i.d.
CLINIC: Then you might want to try one of the other clinics. Or do you have like a school i.d.?
CALLER: Well, no. I’m homeschooled.
CLINIC: Okay. Otherwise you could try just buying a home pregnancy test. Those are also accurate, just like an EPT or anything.
CALLER: Okay. Well, if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I come there for birth control?
CLINIC: That would be something you would want to see like a Planned Parenthood for. We actually at this clinic just do abortions. And at the time of the abortion we can give you birth control, but we don’t see patients only for birth control.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Would anybody have to know if I was on birth control though?
CLINIC: No, that’s something you wouldn’t have to tell your parents about.
CALLER: All right. So when do you normally do the pregnancy tests again?
CLINIC: Monday through Friday between 8 in the morning and 2 p.m.
CALLER: Okay. All right. Do I need an appointment for that?
CLINIC: Nope. You can just walk in.
CALLER: Oh, all right.
CALLER: Okay. Thank you.
CLINIC: Uh-huh. Bye.