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#648 – Northern Virginia Women’s Healthcare in Fairfax, VA

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10400 EATON PL. # 515

TAPE – 648

(Dialing, phone ringing 3x)

CLINIC: Women’s Clinic. Can I help you?

CALLER: Yeah. Hi. I was call to see if you guys do abortions there.

CLINIC: Uh-huh. We do under local and general.

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

CLINIC: It’s 475 to go to sleep, and it’s 330 to stay awake.

CALLER: Okay. My friend said that since I’m going to be 14 in later on this month —

CLINIC: Oh. Well, you need to go D.C. and Maryland. Oh, 14 weeks pregnant?

CALLER: No, 14 years old.

CLINIC: Years old. Okay. You need to bring a letter if you’re going to be awake, and if you want to go to sleep your parents have to be here.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just sign whatever it is, and they wouldn’t have to tell anyone?

CLINIC: No. No, you can’t do that. If you want to go to sleep you can’t do that. If you stay awake you need to bring a letter.

CALLER: From who?

CLINIC: From your guardian or your parents.

CALLER: But I don’t want them to know. I mean, they know that me and my boyfriend are going out; they just don’t —

CLINIC: Yeah, that’s the law in Virginia.

CALLER: Well, what can I do?

CLINIC: To stay awake and bring a letter.

CALLER: From who?

CLINIC: We don’t usually check it (chuckle).

CALLER: You don’t?

CLINIC: No. Just bring a letter.


CLINIC: Okay? You need to make an appointment though.

CALLER: The main reason that I’m worried about all this is I haven’t had my period since January 3rd, and I’m just scared.

CLINIC: Hold on a second. Let me just finish this one call, and then I’ll be right with you, okay? Hold on, okay?

CALLER: All right.


CLINIC: You want to make an appointment?

CALLER: Well, I would have to call my boyfriend to see because he’d be the only way I could get there. But do you guys do pregnancy test there? Just to make sure.

CLINIC: Yeah, we do. But we do the test here on the day of the appointment.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Yeah. We have to have a positive pregnancy test.

CALLER: Well, is there any problem with my boyfriend coming in though?


CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: You just need to bring a letter.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: But you need to have an appointment.

CALLER: Well, if it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant after the pregnancy test, could I get birth control there?

CLINIC: Yeah. We can schedule — not on the same day, but we can schedule you next-door —

CALLER: And would you have to tell anybody about birth control?

CLINIC: You talk to the nurse.

CALLER: Well, if I was on birth control, would you have to tell anybody that I was?

CLINIC: No. That’s personal. No, we won’t do that.

CALLER: Okay. It’s just me and my boyfriend don’t want to have to worry about all this anymore, so we were wanting to get birth control.


CALLER: So when I come in, bring a letter?

CLINIC: Yeah. Do you want to make an appointment?

CALLER: What does the letter need to say?

CLINIC: That they’re allowing you to have an abortion.

CALLER: Oh, okay. All right. Well, let me call my boyfriend to see when he can bring me.

CLINIC: Okay. We do it on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

CALLER: Okay. So let me call you and call you back. What was your name?

CLINIC: Josie (?).

CALLER: Okay. Thanks.