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#502 – Planned Parenthood in Watsonville, CA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
40 PENNY LANE
WATSONVILLE, CA 95076-6008
831-724-7525

TAPE – 502

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RECORDING: Thank you for calling Planned Parenthood Watsonville (sp). (Spanish interpretation). If you know the person’s extension you are trying to reach, dial it now.

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One moment, please while I transfer your call. (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: This is Rosie. Can I help you?

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

CLINIC: We do them at the Santa Christ Planned Parenthood.

CALLER: Okay. Do you have that number?

CLINIC: Yes. It is it for yourself, or –

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. Have you had a pregnancy test done?

CALLER: Well, no.

CLINIC: Did you want to come in for a pregnancy test first?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Do you want to do it here or at Santa Cruz?

CALLER: I’d rather do it there where you’re at.

CLINIC: Okay, and then we can go ahead and refer you to the Santa Cruz location for the procedure, okay?

CALLER: All right. It’s just, the thing is I’m just really scared about this because I haven’t had my period since I was, since like December 21st. And I’m worried because like well, my friend told me since like I’m going to be 14 in March that they would have to tell my parents I’m getting an abortion. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of it and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: You know what? That’s kind of (pause) — I don’t know. What I would have to do is schedule the appointment for the pregnancy test and then you can go ahead and talk to the medical assistant when you come in.

CALLER: Would they have to tell my parents that I was getting a pregnancy test though?

CLINIC: Hold on, please.

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: What is your name?

CALLER: It’s Christine.

CLINIC: Have you been to Planned Parenthood before?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: Okay. Was this regarding a pregnancy test and abortion, or –

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. What I can do is –

CALLER: Are you Rosie?

CLINIC: Yeah.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: I had to put you on hold just to talk to the nurse. But I can schedule you an appointment for tomorrow.

CALLER: What time tomorrow?

CLINIC: 12:15.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And I guess they’ll go ahead and talk to you, like a consult visit. And your parents won’t find out about the pregnancy test.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: But there might be like maybe because of your boyfriend being over age –

CALLER: What do you mean?

CLINIC: You said he’s 22 years old?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. So it depends on what the consult is that will be — I mean.

CALLER: I don’t understand what you mean.

CLINIC: Okay. Because your boyfriend is overage, they might have to (pause) talk to the doctor. There might be a problem with that.

CALLER: What kind of problem?

CLINIC: Hold on, please.

CLINIC: This is Annette. Can I help you?

CALLER: Yeah, hi. I was just talking to Rosie and she — I was wondering if — well, it’s just, the thing is, I was telling her that like my — I’m going to be 14 in March, and my friend told me that they would have to tell my parents I’m getting an abortion. But my boyfriend is 22. Is he old enough to take care of it and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody anything?

CLINIC: What’s your name?

CALLER: Christine.

CLINIC: Christine? Okay. The problem, Christine, is, is legally if you’re 13 and he’s 22 it has to be reported because you’re very underage.

CALLER: Well, who would it be reported to?

CLINIC: It would be reported to the Child Protective Service.

CALLER: Well, what would happen?

CLINIC: They would have to investigate it.

CALLER: Well, would they tell my parents?

CLINIC: My guess is, yes.

CALLER: Well, they can’t tell my parents. I mean, they can’t find out at all. I don’t know, I don’t know what to —

CLINIC: Okay, Christine?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Christine, just take it easy. Okay? The reason those laws are in place are to protect kids.

CALLER: But he’s not hurting me or anything. I mean, we’re in love. We’re going to get married.

CLINIC: I know. This is — it’s a consensual relationship and I understand that. I’m just telling you that we’re constrained by the laws. Now, what I would suggest that you do, either you come here or go somewhere else and have a pregnancy test and don’t say what his age is.

CALLER: They will? Or don’t say?

CLINIC: Don’t say how old he is.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay? And that way you can get into the system. I’m not even going to get involved. I don’t know what your last name is. But that’s all I can tell you.

CALLER: Oh. Well –

CLINIC: You can either come here, like you can walk in, not all the time. Sometimes you have to make appointments. You can go to the county. You can go –

CALLER: Well, if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control though?

CLINIC: Oh, absolutely.

CALLER: It’s just, I don’t want to have to worry about all this again.

CLINIC: Yeah. That’s a good idea.

CALLER: But would you guys have to tell? Would you guys have to report it if I was on birth control?

CLINIC: Only if you let us know how old he is.

CALLER: Oh, okay. All right. Well, so, the only thing is, like he would have to come with me because I wouldn’t have any way to get there.

CLINIC: Okay. But he doesn’t have to come in the room with you. And we’re not going to ask him how — you know what I’m saying?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: If he has to bring you here, he can still stay in the waiting room anyway.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: So if I don’t say anything it would be all okay?

CLINIC: Yeah.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: All right. Well –

CLINIC: I just don’t want you — you know, I don’t want to scare you away. I’m just telling you what the laws are and why the laws are there.

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: To protect you. You know, you could be forced into this relationship. You know, I hear from you that this is consensual and this is what you wanted to do. But there are a lot of kids your age who it is not a good relationship.

CALLER: But we’re in love. We’re going to be married, and we’re happy.

CLINIC: I know. That’s good. But see what I’m saying is that not all 13-year-olds are in that position.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: You’re involved with somebody who’s over 18 you know a lot of times they’re involved forcibly.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay? So this is, these are just the laws that are in place.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: So just don’t say anything, and come in and get a pregnancy test and go from there, or –

CLINIC: Right. Right.

CALLER: Okay. But if I wasn’t pregnant could I be on birth control and you wouldn’t have to say anything about that?

CLINIC: No. We can put you on birth control without — yeah. They may ask you, are you in this, are you in a good relationship. And somebody may ask you how old he is, and you’re just going to have to decide what you’re going to say. Okay?

CALLER: What should I say?

CLINIC: (laughs) I’m not going to tell, Christine.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: I told you what the laws are.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: All right. Well, like if — the only thing is, I can’t drive yet. I’m not old enough. Would my boyfriend be able to pick up the pills though?

CLINIC: No. You’d have to come and — you know, what you should do is, you either make an appointment for a pregnancy test and if that’s negative then tell them that you want a HOPE which is hormone without a pelvic exam.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: We do that here. If you go somewhere else you’d have to do something differently probably.

CALLER: Oh. Okay.

CLINIC: But then if you are pregnant then they wouldn’t do the birth control, but they would refer you for an abortion.

CALLER: Okay. Well, after you do like the pregnancy test and after you do like the exam for birth control, could I have him pick them up, like the ones after everything?

CLINIC: No. If we put you on the pills that same day you would get the pill.

CALLER: Well, I mean like the ones after I’m out of all the first ones.

CLINIC: Oh, a refill appointment?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: We only give you about three packs. No, you do need to come back because we need to see you.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: We need to do a blood pressure and make sure that you’re doing okay on the pills.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: And there are other methods besides the pills too.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: Okay? There is — you know, there’s an injection that lasts for 13 weeks, about three months.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: There is another injection that’s the same thing as the pills and it just lasts a month and you have your period.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, just as long as nobody has to know anything, so.

CLINIC: Right. I mean, some people or some teenagers like the injection because that way they have a period, and they don’t have to have the pills at home. So that if the mother is really looking she’ll see that you’re having your period and there aren’t any pills around. You just have to remember to come back about every 28 days.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Okay. Well, thank you.

CLINIC: Okay. Do you want to — well, you decide. You can either call back here or you can call somewhere else, but you work it out. Okay?

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: But the sooner you do it the better.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All right.

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Bye bye.

CALLER: Bye.

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