#737 – Summit Medical Center Of Alabama in Birmingham, AL

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1032 18TH ST S

TAPE – 737

(Dialing, phone ringing)

CLINIC: Summit Medical Center. Louqueida (ph) speaking. May I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.

CLINIC: Yes, ma’am.


CLINIC: Yes, ma’am.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Do you know how much it cost for that?

CLINIC: For how many weeks?

CALLER: I’m not really sure.

CLINIC: Do you know the first date of your last normal period?

CALLER: January 3rd.

CLINIC: January 3rd?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: You’re about 10 weeks.


CLINIC: About 10 weeks.


CLINIC: From 6 to 12 weeks, 365 for the light sedation, 405 for the heavy, and an extra 50 if you’re RH negative.

CALLER: If I’m already what?

CLINIC: if you’re RH negative, it’s an extra 50.

CALLER: Oh, okay. The thing is, I’m going to be 14 later on this month, and my friend said that you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just take care of it, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No, ma’am. You say you’re only 14 years old?

CALLER: Well, I’ll be 14 on the 19th.

CLINIC: No, ma’am. You have to be 18 without a parent.

CALLER: Okay. Is there any way not to have to tell my parents at all though?

CLINIC: Well, unless you get a judicial bypass.

CALLER: What is that?

CLINIC: It’s where you will go before a judge, and he’ll make the decision on whether or not you can make the decision on your own. But they’re not giving them in Birmingham.

CALLER: Oh, they’re not?

CLINIC: So you can try to call Tuscaloosa.

CALLER: Tuscaloosa?

CLINIC: Uh-huh. They’re doing it there.

CALLER: Do they usually say yes?

CLINIC: I think so there.

CALLER: Oh, okay.


CALLER: Well, could I come there for a pregnancy test just to make sure? It’s just that I haven’t had one yet.

CLINIC: Okay. Do you live in Birmingham?

CALLER: I live in Fairfield.

CLINIC: Okay. That’s fine. They’re $10.

CALLER: Ten dollars?

CLINIC: Uh-huh. When was your last period?

CALLER: January 3rd.

CLINIC: Oh, okay, yeah. They’re $10.

CALLER: Okay. But if I came in for a pregnancy test, would my parents have to know about that?

CLINIC: No, not for a pregnancy test.

CALLER: Oh, okay. So would it be all right if my boyfriend brought me?

CLINIC: Yeah, if it’s just for a pregnancy test.

CALLER: Well, if it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control the same day?

CLINIC: You’re 14?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 on the 19th.

CLINIC: So you’re 13.

CALLER: Right.

CLINIC: Hold on. Let me check, okay?


AUTOMATED VOICE: For more information and a confidential appointment, please speak to one of our telephone counselors to schedule your consultation. Summit Medical Center will help you understand your choices and alternatives. Thank you for holding. One our trained health specialist will be right with you.

To meet your comprehensive healthcare needs, Summit Medical Center offers a wide range of women’s healthcare services. Surgical abortion services are provided up to 22 weeks, and medical abortions — abortions by pill — up to seven weeks. Summit offers you the opportunity to have local or IV twilight sedation during your procedure. Because our doctors are concerned with your health and safety, they require comprehensive lab work and a diagnostic ultra sound prior to your surgery. In addition, you’ll receive counseling from our qualified counseling staff.

CLINIC: Ma’am?

CALLER: Uh-huh?

CLINIC: To get birth control with your parent, you have to be 14 and above.

CALLER: Oh. So I should wait until after my birthday?

CLINIC: Yes, ma’am.



CALLER: Okay. After the 19th when I’m going to be 14, would my boyfriend be able to pick up the pills? It’s just I can’t drive yet?

CLINIC: Will he be able to do what?

CALLER: Pick up the birth control pills.

CLINIC: No. You have to come in for an exam. And there’s a charge. You have to call back and make an appointment.

CALLER: How much does it cost for that?

CLINIC: Would you hold, please?

CALLER: All right.

AUTOMATED VOICE: Care providers can exam you until you understand the pros and cons of these issues.

CLINIC: It’s $40.

CALLER: Okay. Do I need an appointment to come in for that, for the pregnancy test?

CLINIC: Not for a pregnancy test. We do those from 10 until 4.

CALLER: 10 until 4 today?

CLINIC: Monday through Friday.

CALLER: Okay. All right. Thanks.

CLINIC: Bye bye.


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#229 – Planned Parenthood in Huntsville, AL

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303 WILLIAMS AVE. SW #1211
HUNTSVILLE, AL 35801-6082

TAPE – 229

(dialing sound) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Good afternoon. Planned Parenthood.

CALLER: Hi. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?

CLINIC: We don’t right now at the moment. We are going to start probably in a month. How far along are you?

CALLER: Well, I’m not real sure. Like my second — or my last period was like the second week in December.

CLINIC: Okay. Which would probably be too far along by the time we start. Our Birmingham office does them.


CLINIC: Do you want me to give you their number?


CLINIC: Okay. It’s 205 is the area code. 322-2121.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know if — like my friend told me that since like I’ll be 14 in March that you guys have to tell my parents. But can I just have my boyfriend do it because he’s going to be — he’s 22.

CLINIC: Uh-huh. No. It has to be your mother or father or your guardian that goes with you in the state of Alabama. Now I’m not real sure about Tennessee and the surrounding states what their laws are, but in the state of Alabama you have to have your mother, father or guardian.

CALLER: Well, is there any way not to tell them? Because like I can’t tell them because they can’t find out because they would totally freak out.

CLINIC: There is — I mean, the way that you have to go around that is go into court and ask them for a — it’s where you can have the abortion without your parents knowing. It’s probably going to be a long, drawn-out process. Hold on and I’ll get you the number to the one in Tennessee to see what their law is, okay?


RECORDING: — without an exam. To find out more, ask a staff member about our non-exam program for birth control pills and shots. We appreciate your patience. Please be assured that your call will receive the time and attention it deserves when we return to the line. (music) Whatever the reason, if you’ve had intercourse and did not use birth control, you’re at risk of becoming pregnant. Planned Parenthood offers emergency contraception that can lower the risk of pregnancy. Emergency contraception must be taken within 72 hours to prevent a pregnancy. If you’d like to know more, call our family planning clinic. (music) Thank you for your patience. You will be assisted momentarily. Please stay on the line. (music) Many women don’t know they can receive prompt, affordable treatment for yeast —

CLINIC: Ma’am?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: Okay. This one is in Nashville.


CLINIC: This is where you could go. This is what it says to refer a minor to Planned Parenthood in Nashville.


CLINIC: And I could give you their number. You have to tell the clinic that you’re coming from Alabama and you need to get the bypass and the procedure in the same day if possible.


CLINIC: So when you call them, tell them you’re 14, you want to do the bypass, you’re coming from Alabama.


CLINIC: And they’ll make an appointment for your abortion and refer you to a volunteer lawyer who will help you go through the bypass, and they can probably do it in the same day.


CLINIC: Okay? Here’s the number.


CLINIC: The area code is 615-321-7216. And just make sure to tell them that you want to do the bypass, and that you’re coming from Alabama.

CALLER: Okay. Well, what if the judge says no?

CLINIC: This is where it’s easier. They said that they believe the bypass works here. This is what it says. “The minor can go to Nashville where we believe the bypass works faster.”

CALLER: Oh. Okay.

CLINIC: You could do that. Let’s see here’s — oh, no, that’s in Tuscaloosa and it’s not one of our clinics, so we don’t refer — which is probably closer actually or about the same to go to Nashville. So let’s see. Yeah. Just call that number and see what they could do for you.



CALLER: Well, is it okay to come there and get like a pregnancy test just to make sure?

CLINIC: You sure can.

CALLER: And you — would you have to tell anybody that I was there getting —

CLINIC: No. Absolutely not. We can’t. By law we can’t tell anybody you were here. If your mother or father called here, you know, the only thing we could say is, we can’t tell you if she was here or if she was not here. We can’t give out any information whatsoever.

CALLER: Okay. So like if my boyfriend brought me you wouldn’t have to —

CLINIC: No, no.

CALLER: — tell anybody about him?

CLINIC: No. Absolutely not.




CLINIC: Do you know where we’re located?

CALLER: No, but — well, he does, so.


CALLER: Is it okay if I call you back if he had any questions?


CALLER: What was your name?

CLINIC: I’m Gina.



CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Uh-huh. Bye bye.


(phone clicks)


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