Listen to the Call:
ALLEGHENY WOMEN’S CENTER
121 NORTH HIGHLAND
PITTSBURGH, PA 15206
TAPE – 657
(Dialing, phone ringing 3x)
CLINIC: Allegheny Women’s Center. How may I direct your call?
CALLER: Hi. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.
CALLER: Well, I just had some questions and just wanting to talk to somebody.
CLINIC: Okay. I’m going to transfer you to that line. And if at anytime you choose to make an appointment, you can just press zero to get back to me.
RECORDING: Hi. My name’s Theresa, and I’m one of the counselors here at Allegheny Women’s Center. If you’re listening to this message, you or someone you care about is considering abortion. I’m sure you’re probably scared, disappointed in yourself or your birth control, and you’re just plain confused. Hopefully, I’ll be able to ease your fears by answering a lot of your questions before you even have a chance to ask them.
First of all, first trimester legal abortion is one of the safest procedures performed in America. Nothing that’s done during a routine abortion affects future pregnancies in any way. Our doctors are board certified professionals who give up their time and actually put their lives at risk to come here and help. I know I personally am involved at Allegheny Women’s Center because I want to help people not hurt them. We want to give every woman the opportunity to take the life’s path that’s best for them.
We perform two types of abortion procedures here at Allegheny Women’s Center, the surgical and the non-surgical. The non-surgical is called the “early option pill.” It can be effectively taken up to eight weeks in pregnancy. We use a combination of medications which causes spontaneous abortion. It involves two visits to the office and side effects include headache, nausea diarrhea and bleeding and cramping. No long-term side effects are associated with this medication. The cost is $400.
We also offer the surgical procedure. The method that we use is called a vacuum aspiration. It takes approximately five minutes. You’ll probably feel some cramping, tugging, pulling kind of feelings during the procedure. We do offer some anesthesia choices if you’re interested. The cost of the procedure depends on how far along you are in the pregnancy. If you’re between 7 and 12 weeks it’s $360 to stay awake with a local anesthetic. If you think you can be still, being awake is fine. If you don’t think that you can be still, you should consider the twilight anesthesia. It’s $40 extra, and it’s a medication that’s given to you in injection form which will help to relax you. If you don’t want to be aware of anything or feel anything during the procedure, you should be asleep for the procedure. That’s an extra $110.
If you are under seven weeks, the cost of the procedure is $25 more, and once you hit 12 weeks, the price increases $100 a week. The furthest that we can go in the pregnancy at this time is 16 weeks. You can talk with your appointment counselor for more information about our appointments and prices. But before you go I just wanted to let you know that in my opinion abortion is nothing to be ashamed of. It takes a brave person to admit that they made a mistake and to take the necessary steps to correct it. Almost half of the women in America have had an abortion, so believe me, you’re not alone. And all of us at Allegheny Women’s Center are here to help you if you need us.
If you’re calling during office hours all you have to do is press zero, and you’ll be transferred to an appointment counselor. If it’s after hours, if you press zero you’ll get transferred to our voicemail, and you can leave us a message if you’d like. Our offices are usually open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thank you for your time, and I hope I was able to help you. Thank you (dial button pressed).
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(Phone ringing 1x)
CLINIC: Hello. Allegheny Women’s Center. How may I direct your call?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was just listening to the thing about abortion, but I just have questions still. Could I ask you?
CALLER: My main question is, I’m going to be 14 on the 20th, and my friend told me 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: No, you can’t. Nope. You have to do what we call a judicial bypass.
CALLER: What is that?
CLINIC: You have to get these papers. You’ll make an appointment, you’ll come in, you’ll get some papers. The day of your appointment they’ll give you an exam, and then they’ll give you instructions on how to go about doing a judicial bypass. And that will get permission without parental consent.
CALLER: Okay. Well, how much does that cost?
CLINIC: No, that’s what you have to do since you’re a minor; if you don’t want your parents involved.
CALLER: Does the judge say no or anything?
CLINIC: No. You have to go before him so that you can do that without your parents’ consent.
CALLER: Okay. Well, my friend said that you would have to tell about my boyfriend though.
CALLER: My friend told me you would have to tell about my boyfriend because he’s 22.
CLINIC: Have to do what to your boyfriend?
CALLER: She said that you guys would have to tell about him.
CLINIC: When you come the director will explain that to you. We don’t tell anything. You tell about him.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: We don’t know about him, you know what I mean? You have to tell about him.
CALLER: Okay. But do you guys do pregnancy tests there?
CLINIC: Uh-huh, and they’re a dollar.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, would you have to tell anybody if I was there for that though?
CLINIC: No, hon. We don’t tell any information.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: No matter how old you are, we’re not allowed to give any information.
CALLER: Well, if it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys have birth control there too?
CLINIC: Yes, we do. And we also have the Depo.
CALLER: How much does that cost?
CLINIC: A gyn/pap exam, it would be $60. So that’s just for the exam and birth control. That’s for birth control pills. It will be 60 with the exam — 40/60 for the pills, okay? Then they give you an exam. You get six months worth of pills. You get two free here and four on a prescription. And then if you like the Depo it’s 90 because it’s 50 for the Depo.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: Did you want to make an appointment?
CALLER: Well, I have to tell my boyfriend to know. But would anybody have to know if I was on birth control though?
CLINIC: None of your information is allowed to be given.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Let me call my boyfriend and see, and I’ll call you back. What was your name?
CLINIC: My name is Denita (ph).
CALLER: Okay. All right. So let me call him and call you back.
CALLER: All right. Thanks.
CLINIC: Okay. Bye bye.