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#809 – Planned Parenthood Of The Rocky Mountians in Denver, CO

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF THE ROCKY MOUNTIANS
2030 E 20TH AVE.
DENVER, CO 80205
303 / 321-2458

TAPE – 809

(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood Services Corporation. Can I help you?

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

CLINIC: Yes.

CALLER: How much does it cost for that?

CLINIC: Well, it depends on the length of the pregnancy. Do you know the first day of your last normal period?

CALLER: It was January 3rd.

CLINIC: January 3rd was the first day?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. So that would put you just about nine weeks. Under 12 weeks, the fee is either 355 — that’s for oral medication. What we give is valium and vikaden (ph) — or 425, we give what’s call the IV sedation.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Those are the prices.

CALLER: 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. Is he old enough to take care of it, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: You’re 13 years old right now?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: No. Hold on just a second, hon.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: What we would like to do to get you in here to kind of see where you’re at in terms of — there’s no such thing as parental notification, but we can kind of just figure out what’s going on with your situation and the fee and all that kind of stuff, and to explain what happens during an abortion and all that.

CALLER: Me and my boyfriend were talking about all this. And he said he would pay cash for everything. But we don’t want anyone to know about us. Would he have to fill out any forms or sign anything if he was paying for it?

CLINIC: Yeah, sure. Let me find out for you. Hold on.

(Short pause)

CLINIC: Appointments for you and all your information would be confidential.

CALLER: Okay. So my boyfriend wouldn’t have to sign anything?

CLINIC: No, he doesn’t sign anything. It doesn’t have anything to do with him.

CALLER: So would you guys do a pregnancy test beforehand to make sure? Because I haven’t had one yet.

CLINIC: Well, before we make an appointment what you need to do is take a pregnancy test first, and then call me back.

CALLER: Do I come in there for a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: No, you can take one at home.

CALLER: Oh. Are those usually right though?

CLINIC: Yes, they’re very accurate. That’s the same test that we give here.

CALLER: Oh. Well, if it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control from you guys? It’s just we don’t want to have to go through all this anymore.

CLINIC: Right. Not through us, but there’s a contraceptive clinic in Denver that could put you on some sort of birth control pill or some other sort of birth control.

CALLER: Would they have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No. There’s no consent. You can get birth control without telling your parents.

CALLER: Well, I don’t drive yet. Would my boyfriend be able to pick up the birth control pills?

CLINIC: I think when you go in there what they can do is sign a consent form. And you get to put a list of people who it’s okay for you to have pick up your pills for you. So you can put whomever you’d like on that.

CALLER: Well, if I had any other questions, could I call and talk to you? What was your name?

CLINIC: Uh-huh. My name is Danielle.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: So why don’t you give me a call back. And then if you need any other sort of information — we offer all different kind of services here — you just call, okay?

CALLER: Okay. And you’re sure nobody has to know about anything?

CLINIC: In terms of services for you?

CALLER: Right.

CLINIC: All of our patients are given confidentiality. Right now there’s no state laws for parental consent in terms of that.

CALLER: And so my boyfriend can bring me, and no one would have to know about anything, or no one would have to ask about him?

CLINIC: About him?

CALLER: Right.

CLINIC: Hold on a second while I get this phone call.

(Short pause)

CLINIC: Thanks for holding. Have you been helped?

CALLER: I was talking to Danielle.

CLINIC: Okay. Hold on.

(Short pause)

CLINIC: This is Cheryl. Danielle had to take another call. But she did fill me in that you had some concerns about confidentiality.

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: I’m the center director here. How can I help you?

CALLER: Well, I just don’t want anyone to know about me and my boyfriend. My friend said that since I’m going to be 14 later on this month that my parents have to know about all this. But my boyfriend’s 22, and he said that he would take care of everything. So would that be all right and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: Well, here’s the circumstance, that we’re required by law. Because, obviously, there’s more than a five-year difference and the person that you became pregnant with. Because of that we’re required to report that to Social Services.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: That’s a requirement.

CALLER: But I wasn’t really sure if I am pregnant.

CLINIC: If you’re not sure —

CALLER: And just haven’t had my period since January 3rd.

CLINIC: Have you had a pregnancy test done?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: That’s the first order of business, is for you to get a pregnancy test done. In the meanwhile, you want to make sure that you’re using birth control. Does your boyfriend, who is older than you — is this by choice that you’re having sex with him?

CALLER: Yeah. We’re in love. We’re going to get married.

CLINIC: Sure. But you understand that the government or the Social Services does require that we report that because they consider that — because you’re a teen and he’s an adult.

CALLER: Well, what can happen?

CLINIC: I don’t know what Social Services does once we report that. But that’s entirely up to you if you want to be seen here. But we’re required to do that. I can give you referrals of other places if you’re interested. But the first order of business for you is to really have a pregnancy test.

CALLER: Yeah. Well, if I didn’t tell anybody about him, would that be all right, and you wouldn’t have to say anything then?

CLINIC: Well, probably not being truthful is going to be a problem, but that’s up to you to decide what it is that you want to do. I wouldn’t make any recommendations to you on that score.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: But let me give you some other providers too that might be helpful. First you want to give yourself a pregnancy test.

Mayfair is in Aurora. And that’s 303-696-9761. That’s another office. Dr. Bernstein, and that’s 303-399-6120.

CALLER: What was that last one?

CLINIC: 399-6120.

CALLER: Okay? So if I don’t tell them anything, that would be better?

CLINIC: That wouldn’t be an advice that I would give you.

CALLER: Okay. But if I tell them, then they would have to tell people?

CLINIC: We’re required by law to do so.

CALLER: Are they required by law too?

CLINIC: It’s a law that everybody’s required.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay? But the first order of business is you take a pregnancy test and make sure you’re using birth control, okay?

CALLER: Well, if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I come to you guys to get birth control?

CLINIC: We can give you a clinic that — because we just provide abortion services here. But what you can do is if you go to one our locations, they should be able to give birth control to you.

CALLER: And they wouldn’t have to tell anybody about anything if I was getting birth control?

CLINIC: Again, what I would say is, you obviously need to be truthful on your medical history. So what’s important is that you get taken care of, okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: So at this point, find out if you’re pregnant. If you aren’t, you can call one of the other centers to get on some birth control, okay?

CALLER: Okay. All right. Thanks.

CLINIC: Bye bye.

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#330 – Planned Parenthood in Denver, CO

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
1400 S WADSWORTH BLVD
DENVER, CO 80232-5441
303 / 988-3821

TAPE – 330

(Dialing, phone ringing 2x)

CALLER: Planned Parenthood. This is Jen.

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

CLINIC: Not at this clinic, but I can give you the number where we do.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: You have a pen handy?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: It’s 303-321-2458. And it’s downtown on 20th and Vine Street.

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March, and my friend said that you guys have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion; is that true?

CLINIC: No, it’s not. But you do have to call and talk to them, because we don’t deal with any of that here.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: It’s just that I’m scared, and I don’t know what to do. My last period was December 14th. Do you guys do the pregnancy tests there?

CLINIC: Yeah. If what you’re going to go through is an abortion, you’re going to get that done at the abortion center.

CALLER: Well, I don’t know if I am pregnant.

CLINIC: You don’t know if you are?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, you can come in here and get that done as well. Our pregnancy testing is $22, and every Wednesday from 11 to 4 we do it a $5.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you think that I could be pregnant?

CLINIC: There’s a possibility. Have you missed a period?

CALLER: Yeah. My last period was December 14th.

CLINIC: Okay. If you’ve missed a period, then I would come in and get a test done.

CALLER: Okay. Well, would you guys have to tell anybody that I was there?

CLINIC: No, we wouldn’t.

CALLER: Is it all right if my boyfriend is there with me?

CLINIC: Yeah, that’s fine. You can bring anybody with you.

CALLER: He’s 22. Is it all right?

CLINIC: That’s fine.

CALLER: He said he was going to take care of everything.

CLINIC: You can bring anybody with you that you want to bring with you. You don’t have to tell your parents.

CALLER: Well, he could sign instead of my parents then?

CLINIC: We don’t need anybody to sign for you. You can come in your own. No one has to sign for you, nobody.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: So nobody has to know we’re there at all?

CLINIC: No. Nobody has to know that you’re here.

CALLER: Well, if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys have birth control there?

CLINIC: Yes, we do. And we’ll talk with you about it when you’re here.

CALLER: Would you have to tell anybody that I was on birth control?

CLINIC: No. As I just said, you can come in and get all of our services, and your parents don’t have to know a think. Your parents won’t know a thing. Nobody has to sign for you at all.

CALLER: Okay. Well, thanks.

CLINIC: That’s for all of our services.

CALLER: I feel a lot better. Thanks.

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: Bye.

CLINIC: Bye.

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#329 – Planned Parenthood in Denver, CO

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
6310 E EXPOSITION AVE
DENVER, CO 80224-1260
303 / 320-1630

TAPE – 329

(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)

CLINIC: Hello. Planned Parenthood. This is Aaron. How may I help you?

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

CLINIC: We don’t do them at this clinic, but I can give you the number to the clinic that does.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: It’s 303-321-2458.

CALLER: Okay. Well, my friend told me that — I’ll be 14 in March, and she said that my parents would have to be told. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he okay everything?

CLINIC: You don’t have to tell your parents, no. You don’t need your parents’ consent.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: I’m worried because my last period was December 14th, and I’m just scared. Do you guys do a pregnancy test there to see?

CLINIC: Have you had a pregnancy test done?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: You haven’t taken a pregnancy test, so you don’t know for sure if you’re pregnant or not.

CALLER: Right.

CLINIC: What you can do, you can take a pregnancy test at one of our clinics. At this clinic it’s $22 today. And it will be $5 tomorrow because that’s our —

CALLER: What time tomorrow?

CLINIC: 9 to 5.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Is it all right if my boyfriend brings me and is there with me?

CLINIC: Yeah, that’s fine.

CALLER: Okay. He’s doesn’t want anyone to know about him, so —

CLINIC: Yeah, I can understand that.

CALLER: Well, okay.

CLINIC: Because you know it’s illegal, right?

CALLER: What’s illegal?

CLINIC: Because you’re under age and he’s an adult.

CALLER: But what do you mean? Like we’re in love. We’re going to get married.

CLINIC: Okay. No, I’m not here to — I’m just telling you.

CALLER: Well, what could happen?

CLINIC: That’s a legal issue that I can’t really help you with.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: So it’s illegal for us to be going out?

CLINIC: If he’s 22 and you’re 13, yes.

CALLER: Are you going to have to tell on him if he comes in?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Oh, all right.

If after the pregnancy test, like if it was negative, do you guys have birth control there?

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And we will tell you how to get on that.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Yeah, I just would really like to do that. But you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody at all?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: I don’t drive. Is it all right if he brings me?

CLINIC: Yes.

CALLER: Could he actually pick them up and just handle that himself?

CLINIC: Well, you would have to come in order to get them, but after you have the prescription, then you an okay him to pick them up.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: All right. Thanks.

CLINIC: Bye.

CALLER: Bye.

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#328 – Planned Parenthood in Denver, CO

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
921 E 14TH AVE
DENVER, CO 80218-1903
303 / 832-5069

TAPE – 328

(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. Can you hold please?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Thanks.

(Pause)

CLINIC: Thank you for holding. Can I help you?

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

CLINIC: Not at this clinic, but I can give you the phone number of the Planned Parenthood that does.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: It’s 303-321-2458.

CALLER: Okay. My friend said that since I’ll be 14 in March that you guys have to tell my parents, but —

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: — my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just — you don’t have to —

CLINIC: No. Even if your boyfriend was under 18, it would be fine. You don’t need to tell your parents at all. By law they can’t tell your parents actually. So don’t worry about it at all. Just them know when you go in to fill out your paperwork and you put your address and phone number down, just make sure you tell them that you don’t want them to call the phone number or write to the address.

CALLER: Well, do I need to use my address?

CLINIC: You have to list an address and a phone number, but you can use someone else’s if you want to.

CALLER: Is it all right to use my boyfriend’s then?

CLINIC: Yeah. As long as you’d be able to receive some mail there if they needed to send it. So go ahead and call them, and just let them know because a lot of young people go there, so it’s okay.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, I’m worried because my last period was December 14th, and I don’t know —

CLINIC: Yeah. You probably should take a pregnancy test.

CALLER: Oh. Well, do you guys do that there?

CLINIC: We do it here. They’re $22, but they’re $5 on Tuesdays. But you can do a home test. And if it’s positive, then you’re definitely pregnant.

CALLER: Are those usually accurate?

CLINIC: Yeah, they’re very accurate.

CALLER: I just would rather come in there and do it.

CLINIC: Well, then come on in. We’re open until 6 today and tomorrow from 10 to 6, okay?

CALLER: But my boyfriend was wanting to know if you guys had to ask about him or anything?

CLINIC: No, uh-uh. No.

CALLER: If he brings me, is it all right if he’s there with me?

CLINIC: Yeah, that’s fine.

CALLER: Okay. After the pregnancy test, if I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys do birth control there?

CLINIC: Yeah, we do. So if you’re not pregnant, we can get you on some birth control right away.

CALLER: Well, does anybody have to know that I was on birth control at all?

CLINIC: No, uh-uh. Like I said, it’s a law that we can’t tell anyone. So no one could find out. Even if your parents were to come in here and ask us if you’d been here, we’d have to say no.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, thanks. I feel a lot better after talking to you.

CLINIC: Yeah. You can definitely always come here, okay?

CALLER: Okay. Well, what was your name?

CLINIC: My name is Allison.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: You’re welcome.

CALLER: Bye.

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