Listen to the Call:
500 ARMY POST RD. # 17
DES MOINES, IA 50315-6240
TAPE – 182
(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. Des Moines South.
CALLER: Hi. I was wondering, do you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: Not at this clinic. You would need to contact the central location for that information.
CLINIC: Do you have their phone number?
CLINIC: It’s — you have pen and paper?
CLINIC: It’s 280-7002.
CALLER: 7002. Well, do you know like if you have to be a certain age to have an abortion?
CLINIC: How old are you?
CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.
CLINIC: You do need to notify a parent.
CALLER: Is there any way not to do that? Like if I told them they would totally flip out because like — well like the problem is, my boyfriend’s 22, and we’re in love, and we’re going to get married, but like they hate him because they think he’s too old for me.
CLINIC: Okay. You can contact the central location. They may be able to help you out with that.
CLINIC: But in the state of Iowa if you’re under 18 you’re required to give parental notification.
CALLER: And there’s no way around that at all?
CLINIC: You can contact the central location about that.
CALLER: Okay. Well, like do you guys do birth control there at all?
CLINIC: Yes, we do.
CALLER: Would you guys have to tell anybody about that?
CLINIC: Not for birth control.
CLINIC: But we can’t get you started on birth control if you’re already pregnant.
CALLER: Oh. Well, okay. But my boyfriend just doesn’t want anybody to know, so they wouldn’t have to tell anybody, right?
CLINIC: Are you currently pregnant?
CALLER: Well, I think so. I don’t know.
CLINIC: Well, if you’re pregnant you’ll need to take care of that before we can offer you any birth control.
CALLER: Oh, all right. Well, like do you guys do pregnancy tests there?
CLINIC: Yes, we do.
CALLER: Okay. Would you have to tell anybody about that?
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: Did you want to set up an appointment for a pregnancy test?
CLINIC: Okay. I could have you come in next Monday.
CLINIC: What time can you come in?
CALLER: Well, I’d have to talk to my boyfriend to see what time is good for him, but I think probably like in the afternoon.
CLINIC: Okay. Do you want to check with him and give us a call back?
CALLER: Yeah. Is it okay if I — what was your name so that I can call you back?
CLINIC: You can contact any of us.
CALLER: Okay, well, is it okay if I call you because you’re just nice, so I don’t want to talk to anyone that’s mean.
CLINIC: My name’s Susan, but I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to answer the phone.
CALLER: Oh, all right. Okay.
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