Listen to the Call:
COMMONWEALTH WOMEN’S CENTER
916 W. BROAD ST.
FALLS CHURCH, VA 22046
TAPE – 646
(Dialing, phone ringing 2x)
CLINIC: Good morning, Commonwealth Women.
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: Yes, we do.
CALLER: Oh. Well, how much does that cost?
CLINIC: Locals, you’re awake during the procedure, $290; general, you’re asleep during the procedure, $475.
CLINIC: And that’s by appointment only.
CALLER: I’m just worried. My friend told me that since I’m going to be 14 later on this month, 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, ma’am.
CLINIC: No. We need parental notification. That means your parents have to come with you.
CALLER: Is there any way around that?
CLINIC: No, ma’am.
CALLER: Because I can’t tell them at all. If they found out — they know my boyfriend; they just don’t like him. But if they found out that we were having sex, I don’t know what they would do. They can’t find out at all.
CLINIC: When was the first day of your last normal period?
CALLER: January 3rd.
CLINIC: We still need parental notification. It’s the law.
CALLER: Well, could I come in for a pregnancy test just to make sure?
CLINIC: You certainly can. We do —
CALLER: But would you have to tell my parents then?
CLINIC: No, ma’am. Urine pregnancy tests cost $5; blood tests cost $25.
CALLER: Okay. Well, my boyfriend and I were talking about all this, and we don’t want a whole bunch of people to know about us. He said he would pay for everything. But would he have to sign anything if he’s paying for everything?
CLINIC: No, he wouldn’t.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, if it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control the same day?
CLINIC: You would have to set a GYN appointment with our nurse practitioner.
CALLER: Oh, all right. But would anybody have to know if I was on birth control?
CLINIC: Only if you told them.
CALLER: Really? Okay. All right. So there’s no way that I wouldn’t be able to do this without my parents knowing?
CLINIC: For the termination your parents need to know.
CALLER: Well, what can I do?
CLINIC: I can’t advise you on that.
CALLER: Oh, all right. Well, if I had any other questions, could I call and talk to you? What was your name?
CLINIC: You can talk to anyone who answers the phone.
CALLER: Well, are they as nice as you?
CLINIC: I believe so, yes. We have a nice group of people here.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: All righty?
CLINIC: Um-hmm. Bye bye.