Listen to the Call:
249 WINSTED RD. #102
TORRINGTON, CT 6790-2958
TAPE – 661
(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. May I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: We don’t do them here. Planned Parenthood’s other locations does them.
CALLER: Okay. Well, do you have a number for another place that does it?
CLINIC: Where do you live?
CALLER: I live in New Hartford.
CLINIC: You could go to New Haven or you could go to West Hartford. Do you want the number?
CALLER: Do you have the West Hartford? Yes, please.
CLINIC: The West Hartford number is 860-353-6201. And New Haven is 203-387-3131.
CALLER: I’m just kind of worried. I’m going to be 14 on the 20th, and my friend said that you guys would have to tell my parents that I was getting an abortion. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just sign whatever it is, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody anything?
CLINIC: It has nothing to do with him. Well, I would call those numbers right away and see how quickly they can take you; because it really depends on their schedule. We also have numbers for other places that can take you a little farther along.
Have you had an exam and everything yet?
CALLER: No. I just haven’t had my period for a while so I’m worried.
CLINIC: Have you had a positive pregnancy test?
CLINIC: You could come in here and have that kind of stuff done, and we could do a sizing to figure out how far along you are.
CALLER: Oh, really? But would anybody have to know if I was there for that?
CLINIC: No. It’s confidential.
CALLER: The thing is my boyfriend has to bring me, so would that be okay if he was there?
CLINIC: It’s fine. Let me put you on hold, and we’ll see how soon we could get you in.
CALLER: Okay. If it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys do birth control there?
CLINIC: Oh, yeah.
CALLER: Well, how much does that cost?
CLINIC: It’s a sliding fee scale, so it’s based on your income. Are you a teenager?
CALLER: Well, yeah. I’m going to be 14 on the 20th.
CLINIC: It would probably be no charge.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: But I can’t promise.
CALLER: But would anybody have to know if I was on birth control though?
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: So hold on a minute.
CLINIC: Can I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. Was I talking to you earlier?
CALLER: Oh, okay. I don’t know who I was talking to, but I was just asking about getting an abortion. Do you know if —
CLINIC: We were suppose to schedule you for something. What are we scheduling you for?
CALLER: I haven’t had a pregnancy test yet. What time do you normally do those?
CLINIC: Whenever you want to schedule it. You want to do a pregnancy test, and then you want to have a pre-AB exam?
CALLER: Yeah. If it ended up that I was pregnant, yeah.
CLINIC: Pardon me?
CALLER: If it ended up that I was pregnant, yeah.
CLINIC: Yeah. So next Monday the 11th I have a 12:30, 12:45, 1:15, 1:30, 1:45.
CALLER: Okay. Well, I have to call my boyfriend to find out when he can bring me. Could I call you back? What was your name?
CLINIC: Sure. Monday early afternoon or early evening. And that’s the 11th, and ask for Cindy.
CALLER: For Cindy?
CALLER: All right. Thank you.
CLINIC: Right. Bye bye.