Listen to the Call:
4529 N ILLINOIS ST
BELLEVILLE, IL 62226-1534
TAPE – 342
(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood in Fairview Heights.
CALLER: Hi. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: No, we don’t. But I can give you the phone number to the clinics that do. There’s Hope Clinic in Granite* City, and there’s the Planned Parenthood in St. Louis that does it. Do you want both numbers or one or the other?
CALLER: Just both I guess.
CLINIC: Okay. The Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, that number is 1-800-419-0301. And then Hope Clinic is 618-451-5722.
CALLER: Okay. I’m just scared because my friend told me that since I’ll be 14 in March that they’re going to have to tell my parents I’m getting an abortion. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he take care of everything, and they won’t have to tell anybody about anything?
CLINIC: I’m not real sure. You’ll have to call both clinics and find out what their policy is. I think one of them you might be okay, but I’m not real sure what the laws are in Missouri and Illinois, which one is the one that you need parental consent. So just give them a call and let them know your age, and find out if you will need —
CALLER: Well, I’m scared, because my last period was December 14th. I’m not really sure if I’m pregnant, but do you guys do pregnancy tests there?
CLINIC: We do a pregnancy test for you. That’s $10, and you can walk in and do that. But if you want to just find out for information — you don’t have to give them your name. Just say, look, I’m 13. Or you’re turning 13?
CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.
CLINIC: You’ll be 14 in March. Just tell them you’re 13, you’re turning 14 in March. And ask them if you’re going to need permission or not.
CALLER: Well, I really want my boyfriend to be there with me. Is that okay?
CLINIC: Oh, that’s fine. Yeah.
CALLER: Okay. He’s just worried that you guys would have to say something about him. Would you have to say anything?
CLINIC: About what?
CALLER: About him being with me?
CLINIC: No, uh-uh.
CALLER: Okay. It’s just my parents don’t like him at all. They think he’s too old for me. They don’t know we’re having sex. And if they found out, they would totally flip out.
CLINIC: Everything is confidential here and at both of those clinics. So none of that information is going to be released, unless you do need a procedure and if it is the law that they need your parents’ consent, well, that’s going to be between you guys. But if it doesn’t require their permission, then nothing will be released to anyone.
CALLER: If after I take the pregnancy test there, it was negative, do you guys have birth control?
CLINIC: Yeah, uh-huh.
CALLER: Because I just don’t want to have to go through all this again.
CLINIC: Yeah, yeah. If it comes up negative, we can make an appointment for you as a new patient, and you can come in and get birth control.
CALLER: And you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody that I was on birth control or anything?
CLINIC: No. Everything is confidential. And as a matter of fact, you can come in on a teen clinic day.
CALLER: When is that?
CLINIC: I think March 18th is the next one. But will happen is if your test is negative, we can make an appointment for you to come in on teen clinic, and then you won’t have to pay for your exam or your birth control for one year.
CALLER: Well, could I come and take a test earlier than that?
CLINIC: Oh, yeah. You can come and take a test whenever you want. You can walk in. We’re open until 1:30 today, okay? And if you’re going to come in today, you need to come in before noon.
CALLER: Well, what about tomorrow?
CLINIC: Tomorrow you can come in between 8 and 12, and 1 and 4.
CLINIC: And as long as it comes up negative, then let them know you’re interested in becoming a patient, and we’ll make you an appointment for teen clinic.
CALLER: Okay. Well, if I had any other questions, could I call and talk to you? What was your name?
CLINIC: My name is Sonya, and I’m here just about everyday except some Saturdays.
CALLER: Okay. Thanks.
CLINIC: Thank you.