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BUFFALO GYN WOMEN SERVICES
2500 MAIN ST.
BUFFALO, NY 14214
TAPE – 683
(dialing sound) (ringing 1X)
CLINIC: Women’s Services.
CALLER: Hi. 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.
CALLER: Okay. Well, how do you know?
CLINIC: When was your last period?
CALLER: January 3.
CLINIC: So you would be within the first trimester.
CLINIC: Which would be $400 for a local sedation.
CLINIC: $425 if you want IV sedation.
CALLER: Okay. Well, it’s just, the thing is, do you know — like 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 sign whatever it is and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: So you’re like 13 right now?
CLINIC: No. Well, nobody would know.
CLINIC: There’s no parental consent in New York state.
CALLER: Okay. It’s just the only thing is, we 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 for everything, would he have to sign anything?
CLINIC: No. It’s confidential.
CALLER: Okay. Do you guys do the pregnancy tests there just to make sure?
CLINIC: Did you have a pregnancy test?
CALLER: Well, no. I just haven’t had my period in awhile and I’m just really scared.
CLINIC: Okay. What you need to do is get a pregnancy test.
CLINIC: Where do you live? Do you live in Buffalo?
CALLER: I live in Amherst.
CLINIC: If you can come in here and do a test, the tests are free.
CLINIC: And then we can –
CALLER: When do you guys normally do them?
CLINIC: Up until 4:30 today. Can you get in today some time up until 4:30?
CALLER: I’d have to see if my boyfriend can get off work and take me, but is there any other day that you do it?
CLINIC: Every day until 4:30, but today there’s no patients here, so you’d be able to come in and nobody would bother you. There’s no protesters out in front or anything.
CLINIC: If you can get in today or even if you want to come in tomorrow up until 4:30, but tomorrow — just to let you know — there are patients going to be here.
CALLER: Okay. Well, do I need to make an appointment, or –
CLINIC: No, not for a pregnancy test.
CLINIC: Just come on in. Okay?
CALLER: Well, do you know if pregnancy tests are normally right?
CLINIC: Well, yeah, they’re pretty accurate.
CALLER: Okay. But is it better to go there though?
CLINIC: No, you can go anywhere you want to go.
CALLER: Like is it better if you guys do it compared to like a home pregnancy test?
CLINIC: No. They’re about the same.
CALLER: Well, if it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control there?
CLINIC: Not here. You’d have to go to Planned Parenthood. This is just an abortion clinic, hon.
CALLER: Okay. Well, where’s the Planned Parenthood place?
CLINIC: There’s one on Main and Amherst.
CALLER: Okay. All right.
CALLER: Okay. So if I had any other questions could I call you back? What was your name?
CLINIC: You can call anybody could talk to you. My name is Maryann, but anybody can talk to you.
CLINIC: All right?
CALLER: All right. Thank you.
CLINIC: You’re welcome.
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