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7487 E US HIGHWAY 36
AVON., IN 46123-7170
TAPE – 262
(dialing sound) (ringing 1X)
CLINIC: Avon Planned Parenthood. May I help you?
CALLER: Hi. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: Not at this particular clinic, but I can give you the number to our abortion clinic.
CLINIC: It’s 352-1900.
CALLER: Okay. Well do you know — like my friend told me that my parents have to sign some stuff –
CLINIC: If you’re under the age of 18, yes.
CALLER: Is there any way — like my boyfriend’s 22. Could he do that?
CLINIC: No. No. Parent’s signature only. He’s not your guardian.
CALLER: Oh. Well, is there — like I’ll be 14 in March. You sure that they have to –
CLINIC: They have to sign, sweetheart. You have to be — if you’re under the age of 18 you need parental consent.
CALLER: Is there any way around that?
CLINIC: You realize that you are under the age of 14 and your boyfriend’s 21 years of age — that’s considered child abuse. So.
CALLER: But I don’t understand. We’re in love. We’re going to get married. He’s not abusing me.
CLINIC: Well, the minds of, the eyes in the court it’s considered child abuse.
CALLER: Well, what could happen?
CLINIC: He could go to jail.
CALLER: He could go to jail?
CALLER: Well –
CLINIC: For rape.
CALLER: What — but he’s not raping me. We’re in love. We’re going to get married.
CLINIC: That’s fine, but in the eyes of the law it is considered rape.
CALLER: Well, is there anything I can do? What can I do?
CLINIC: You can call the abortion clinic. They might be able to give you some ideas.
CALLER: Well, would they have to tell my parents, and arrest my boyfriend?
CLINIC: No. They just won’t be able to see you there without your parental consent, so –
CALLER: But they can’t find out at all.
CLINIC: Then you’re going to have to call the abortion clinic and maybe they can give you some referrals to out-of-state clinics.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CALLER: Would they have to say anything about anything?
CLINIC: You’d have to call the number that I gave you and they can go over that information with you.
CALLER: Well, my friend just told me to go to you guys. Could I get a pregnancy test there?
CLINIC: Yes. It’s $5.00.
CALLER: Okay. Well, do you have to tell anybody that I’m getting a pregnancy test?
CALLER: Okay. Is it — well, my boyfriend has to bring me. Do you have to tell them about him or tell anybody about him?
CLINIC: We don’t care how old you are to get a pregnancy test, or how old the person is that you’re sleeping with.
CLINIC: The state of Indiana if you want an abortion, okay, you need mom and dad’s consent.
CLINIC: I’m just letting you know that with his age and your age it’s considered rape. He’s in the wrong. He should not — I mean, legally through the eyes of the law he should not even be touching you. It doesn’t matter if you’re in love or not. It’s still not right. That’s what the law thinks.
CALLER: But are you going to report him if I go in there?
CLINIC: If you have an exam with us or anything like that, yes we would have to report you, but a pregnancy test, no. But I would suggest is that since he’s 21 years of age — does he have his own place?
CALLER: Well, yeah.
CLINIC: Okay. I’d have him buy you a pregnancy test and take it there.
CLINIC: And then you’re going to have to go — if you don’t want mom and dad involved you will have to go out of state.
CALLER: Oh. Well, if I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys do birth control there?
CLINIC: We do, but with your age we would have to report you.
CLINIC: Okay? So your option at this point until you turn 15 would be to use condoms.
CLINIC: Condoms, foam, something like that.
CALLER: Well, you were saying I could go out of state. Which state would I –
CLINIC: You could go out of state to have an abortion.
CALLER: Which state?
CLINIC: The numbers I gave you?
CLINIC: That’s the number you need to call. They can answer all your questions.
CALLER: Well, so if I wanted to come in for a pregnancy test could I – like if I had other questions –
CLINIC: If you have $5, we’ll do a pregnancy test on anybody.
CALLER: Well, if I had any other questions could I call and talk to you?
CLINIC: We would prefer that you call the abortion clinic.
CLINIC: The number that I gave you, the 352 –
CALLER: Well, I just wanted to go there to get a pregnancy test.
CLINIC: Okay. Well, they would be able to answer any questions about abortion for you.
CALLER: Is it okay to come to you guys to get a pregnancy test?
CLINIC: Yeah. But if you have any questions — what I’m saying is if you have any questions about abortion you need to call the number that I gave you.
CALLER: Okay. So could I come and see you for the pregnancy test?
CLINIC: You can come see us for a pregnancy test, sweetheart.
CLINIC: But we wouldn’t be able to give you — you know. It would be best if you have questions about abortion you need to call the number that I gave you.
CALLER: Well, I just wanted a pregnancy test. Is it okay to come in there?
CLINIC: Yes. They’re $5.00.
CALLER: Okay. What was your name?
CLINIC: My name is Dawn.
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