Listen to the Call:
HILLCREST WOMEN’S MEDICAL CENTER
2709 N. FRONT ST.
HARRISBURG, PA 17110
TAPE – 654
(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)
CLINIC: Good afternoon, Hillcrest.
CALLER: Hi. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: Yes, we do.
CALLER: How much does that cost?
CLINIC: If you’re 12 weeks or under it’s $310.
CALLER: Okay. Well, how do you know if you are or not?
CLINIC: When was your last period?
CALLER: January 3rd.
CLINIC: Yeah, you’re about nine weeks or so.
CLINIC: Okay? And that’s under 12. So it would be 310.
CLINIC: Yeah. Do you know your blood type?
CLINIC: Well, if it’s negative — we’ll draw your blood here. If it’s negative, that’s an additional 50.
CALLER: Oh, okay. I’m going to be 14 in March. I’ll be 14 on the 20th, and my friend said 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: Nope, hon. Not here in the state of Pennsylvania. If you want to go — I have a number — well, hold on one second.
CLINIC: Okay, hon. I can give you the number to our other clinic, and over there you don’t have to have to parental consent. But it’s about an hour and 15 minutes from Harrisburg.
CALLER: Where is it?
CLINIC: It’s in Maryland. Where do you live?
CALLER: I live in Carlyle.
CLINIC: Okay. What’s your name?
CALLER: It’s Lisa.
CLINIC: Okay. So you don’t want to tell your parents?
CALLER: Right. I can’t tell them at all. I mean, 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: Well, I can give you the number to our other clinic. That’s about all I can do for you.
CLINIC: It’s 1-800-260-2464.
CALLER: Okay. Well, could I come in there for a pregnancy test just to make sure I was pregnant?
CLINIC: You didn’t take the test yet?
CALLER: Well, no. I just haven’t had my period in a long time
CLINIC: Okay. What you should do, hon, is probably go — I know there’s a Planned Parenthood in Carlyle.
CALLER: Oh, really?
CLINIC: Yeah. And they do free pregnancy tests there. So before you make any phone calls, why don’t you just go ahead and do that so you don’t have to pay for anything. Just go in there. I think they’re probably open now. It’s up on Brookwood (sp) Avenue, up by Nails and Friendly’s and all that. And give them a call; it’s in the phone book. A matter of fact, I’ll just give you the number.
CALLER: Well, my friend told me to go to you guys; that you were better.
CLINIC: They’re just going to do a pregnancy test, this place here, so that way you can at least be sure.
CLINIC: Because if you’re not pregnant, you don’t have to go anywhere and do anything.
CALLER: Well, if I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control?
CLINIC: Yeah, you can do that.
CALLER: But would you have to tell anybody about that though?
CALLER: Oh. Okay.
CLINIC: (Talking to somebody else) Planned Parenthood won’t tell your parents for birth control, do they?
No. You can go to the same place where I’m giving you the number. Say your pregnancy test is negative, they will give you birth control, and your parents do not have to know.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: You ready?
CLINIC: You have a pen?
CALLER: Okay. And you’re sure they wouldn’t tell anybody about anything?
CLINIC: Oh yeah, I’m positive.
CALLER: All right. If it turned out that I was pregnant, could I call and ask you questions before I call the other place? What was your name?
CLINIC: Sure. Anita.
CLINIC: Okay. Bye bye.
CALLER: But if I came to you, would I have to tell anybody to come to you?
CLINIC: If you come here — if you go anywhere in the state of Pennsylvania you’re going to have to inform your parents, anywhere in the state. That’s why I was going to give you the number to our clinic in Maryland. You said your boyfriend’s 22, so he should be able to drive.
CLINIC: Does he have a car?
CALLER: Yeah, he has a car.
CLINIC: Okay. Then he could get you there then.
CALLER: But if I came to you for a pregnancy test, would you have to tell anybody then?
CLINIC: Oh, no, not if you just come in for a pregnancy test. Can you get here today?
CALLER: Well, I’d have to call my boyfriend to see. But what time?
CLINIC: Because if you come here today I’ll do it for you, before 5:00. By 4:30 you should be here, and I’ll do it for you, okay?
CALLER: But you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about my boyfriend?
CLINIC: Nope. Nope. I don’t have to tell anybody anything. You just come in here, and I’ll give you a test, okay?
CLINIC: All right?
CALLER: Thank you.
CLINIC: Sure. Bye.