Listen to the Call:
EASTSIDE WOMEN’S HEALTH CLINIC
1100 EASTSIDE ST.
OLYMPIA, WA 98501
TAPE – 671
(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)
CLINIC: Eastside Women’s Health.
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: Yes, we do.
CALLER: How much does that cost?
CLINIC: Well, if you’re under 12 weeks the cost for a pre-exam is between 90 and $105. The procedure cost is 380. And then you’re billed separately for your lab work which is around $20 for blood work.
CALLER: Okay. The thing is, I’m going to be 14 on the 20th, and my friend said 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: Not in the state of Washington, you don’t have to inform your parents.
CALLER: Oh, really?
CALLER: So my boyfriend could be there with me and it be all right?
CLINIC: Oh, yeah. That’s fine. Have you had a pregnancy test done anywhere?
CLINIC: Are you here in Olympia?
CALLER: I live in Lacey.
CLINIC: Okay. You can come down to our office. And if you can do a urine sample for us we can give you a confirmation of pregnancy. And you can apply by phone for DSHS. It will pay for all your medical here.
CALLER: Well, my boyfriend said that he would pay for everything. But the thing is, we don’t want anyone to know about us. So if he was paying for it all, would he have to sign anything?
CLINIC: No. Nobody’s going to tell anybody anything.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: But if you didn’t have the money you can apply for the state in your own right for medical due to pregnancy.
CALLER: Well, he’s 22. He has a job and everything.
CALLER: He said he would take care of everything.
CLINIC: That’s fine. So what is it you need now at this point in time? What do you want to do?
CALLER: I just have to call and see when I can come in basically.
CLINIC: Okay. Hold on one second.
CLINIC: Are you still there?
CLINIC: I’m sorry to keep you holding for so long. Can you tell me the first day of your last menstrual cycle?
CALLER: January 3rd.
CLINIC: January 3rd. Today’s the 4th. You’d be under five weeks, so you wouldn’t be eligible for a surgical procedure. You would be eligible for a medical procedure if you’re right. The cost is different. It’s $590, and that includes lab fees.
CALLER: Well, do you know if there’s any way I couldn’t be pregnant?
CLINIC: Do I know what now?
CALLER: Is there any way that I’m not pregnant?
CLINIC: You don’t have sex.
CALLER: Well, no. Like I haven’t had my period for a long time. Is there any way that I’m not pregnant?
CLINIC: Well, it hasn’t been that long. You said January 1st was your last period, right?
CALLER: January 3rd, yeah.
CLINIC: January 3rd. Yeah. So it hasn’t been that long.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: You would be under five weeks.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, I could come in there for birth control — could you guys do a pregnancy test and make sure?
CLINIC: You can walk in and do a free pregnancy test.
CALLER: And if it came out that I wasn’t pregnant, could you guys do birth control?
CLINIC: You’d have to make an appointment to do that.
CALLER: But would anybody have to know if I was on birth control?
CLINIC: Nope, only you. Believe me that’s at anyplace you go to in the state of Washington. It’s all confidential. Okay? So don’t stress about that.
CALLER: Okay. I just have so many questions, I don’t know. If I thought of anything else could I call and talk to you? What was your name?
CLINIC: My name is Candace (sp).
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: Yep, that’s fine.
CALLER: So when do you guys ordinarily do pregnancy tests there?
CLINIC: You can walk in anytime, and we close at 4:30 today. We’re closed from 12 to 1 for lunch. The only days that we can’t do it is on Thursdays. That’s our surgery day. Okay?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Good luck.
CALLER: Okay. Thanks.
CLINIC: Uh-huh. Bye bye.