Listen to the Call:
610 N ALMA SCHOOL RD. # 48
CHANDLER, AZ 85224-3689
TAPE – 556
(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood Chandler?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: No. They do those at our Tempe or Phoenix office.
CALLER: Oh. Well, do you have the phone number for that?
CLINIC: Yeah. Tempe is 967-9414. Do you want the Phoenix one also?
CALLER: All right. Well, do you know — like I’m just worried about everything because like my friend told me that since like I’ll be 14 next month that you guys would have to tell my parents that I’m getting an abortion. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to tell, or is he old enough to take care of it and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about anything?
CLINIC: No. That wouldn’t matter. Why don’t you go ahead and call Tempe and see what their procedure is for that?
CALLER: Oh, okay. Well,could i come in there for — What?
CLINIC: I don’t think there’s parental notification right now.
CLINIC: The law comes and goes. (laughs) And as far as I’m aware, but the AB or abortion clinic would know for sure what the current standings are. (chuckling)
CALLER: Well, I just don’t really know like if I am actually pregnant for sure. I just haven’t had my period since like December 21st, and I’m worried.
CLINIC: Okay. Well, you should do a pregnancy test first of all.
CALLER: Well, could I come in there for that?
CLINIC: Oh, yeah, you can come here for that.
CALLER: But would you have to tell my parents about that?
CALLER: Oh, okay. So you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about anything if I was there?
CLINIC: Well, did you say you’re 13?
CALLER: Yeah. But I’ll be 14 next month.
CLINIC: Okay. And your boyfriend is 22?
CLINIC: There’s actually a — we’re required by law to notify CPS or child protective Services.
CLINIC: Because you’re 13 and he’s 22. You’re under legal age and he’s over.
CALLER: Well, what could happen?
CLINIC: Probably nothing. But we’re required to notify them.
CALLER: But would they tell my parents?
CLINIC: Probably not. That’s something, you know, I can’t give you all the details on. But, you know, it’s a state law that we’re supposed to report underage sexual activity.
CALLER: Oh. Well, so if I came in there for a pregnancy test you would have to tell those people?
CLINIC: You can do a home pregnancy test. Do you know how to get one of those?
CALLER: Well, don’t you just go to the store and get one?
CLINIC: Yeah, any pharmacy or drugstore has them, grocery stores even.
CALLER: Well, are those usually right though?
CLINIC: Uh-huh, yeah. They’re pretty similar to what we do here. But you would probably want to do that and make sure that you’re pregnant before you, you know, start worrying about everything else that’s going to happen.
CLINIC: You know, start with finding out for sure.
CALLER: Well, if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I come in there and get birth control, just we don’t want to have to worry about all this again.
CLINIC: Yeah. You can do that.
CALLER: But would you have to tell anybody that I was getting birth control?
CLINIC: No. But, again, we would still be required to report it to CPS.
CALLER: So you would have to tell them about my boyfriend if I was there for birth control?
CALLER: Oh. Well, even like after I was 14?
CLINIC: Yeah. The — let me check on what the age is. When will you be 14?
CALLER: March 19.
CLINIC: Okay. Hold on. Are you there?
CLINIC: Yeah, either way, whether you’re 13 or 14, it has something to do with the greater-than-five-year age difference and you being a minor.
CALLER: Oh. Well, what if nobody — what if I didn’t tell anybody about my boyfriend?
CLINIC: That could happen. Nobody would know the difference.
CALLER: Well, would that be better then?
CLINIC: Better than getting pregnant at your age probably.
CALLER: Oh. Okay.
CLINIC: (laughs) That would be my idea on that anyway. Why don’t you go do a pregnancy test first and see what that shows? and then give us a call back and we’ll see what we can do.
CALLER: Well, is it all right if I call you back? What was your name?
CLINIC: My name is Truanne (sp).
CLINIC: You’re welcome.
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