Listen to the Call:
45 FRANKLIN ST.
NEW LONDON, CT 6320-5920
TAPE – 614
(Dialing, phone ringing 2x)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. Could you please hold?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Thank you.
CLINIC: Thank you for waiting. Can I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was actually calling to see if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: We don’t do abortions at this site. The nearest site would be the Norwich Planned Parenthood office.
CLINIC: Their phone number is 889-5211.
CALLER: The thing is, I’m going to be 14 later on this month, and my friend told me that you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of everything, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: That’s where we get in a problem.
CALLER: What do you mean?
CLINIC: Since there is that big of an age difference we would need to report it —
CALLER: To who?
CLINIC: — to the state of Connecticut.
CALLER: Well, what could happen?
CLINIC: Because you are a minor and he is older than 18, that’s called statutory rape.
CALLER: But he’s not raping me.
CLINIC: I know. I know.
CALLER: We’re in love. We’re going to get married.
CLINIC: I know. If you do not give us that information — when you go over to Norwich you’re going to want to give them a call. Don’t tell them that information, okay?
CALLER: And then it will be okay?
CLINIC: If you do not say the age of your partner.
CLINIC: Okay? Otherwise there’s going to be a lot of stuff going on that you’re probably not going to want to have happen.
CALLER: Well, do my parents have to know about the abortion though?
CLINIC: I don’t believe so. When is your birthday?
CALLER: It’s March 9th.
CLINIC: Okay. Like I said, give Norwich a call. And just tell them your age. Do not talk about your partner. Tell them your age and ask them if anything’s going to happen.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: But I don’t think it should.
CALLER: The main reason why I’m worried about all this is because I haven’t had my period since December 26th, and I’m just really scared.
CLINIC: Okay. Have you taken a pregnancy test yet?
CLINIC: Okay. Are you able to come down to our clinic and we can run one for you?
CALLER: Well, what time?
CLINIC: Can you come in before 3:00 today?
CALLER: I think so. I’d have to call my boyfriend and see though. He’s just the only way I’d be able to get there.
CLINIC: Okay. Today before 3:00 or Monday between 9 and 6.
CALLER: Okay. Well, if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control the same day?
CLINIC: Not the same day. We’d have to set up a time for an exam, a pap smear, pelvic exam and all that. It’s called an annual visit to make sure that you are a good candidate for the birth control method that you want. So you can set that up when you come in.
CALLER: But would anyone have to know if I was on birth control though?
CLINIC: Really. Nope. Everything would be confidential.
CALLER: Do I need to call and get an appointment?
CLINIC: No. For the pregnancy test you can walk in before 3:00 or today or on Monday between 9 and 6.
CALLER: All right. Well, if I had any other questions, could I call and talk to you? What was your name?
CLINIC: Absolutely. My name is Sarah (sp).
CALLER: All right. Thank you.
CLINIC: Thanks. Bye bye.