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#191 – Planned Parenthood in Washington, IA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
PO BOX 44
WASHINGTON, IA 52353
319-653-3525

TAPE – 191

(dialing sound) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. This is Carol.

CALLER: Hi. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?

CLINIC: No, we don’t. You’d have to — the closest one would be Iowa City Planned Parenthood or Emma Goldman in Iowa City.

CALLER: I called there. They’re closed.

CLINIC: Emma Goldman or– ? Yeah.

CALLER: The Iowa City one. Like their little automated thing said that they were open on Fridays 9 to 5 but they were closed.

CLINIC: It did say that they were closed or they just couldn’t come to the phone at the moment?

CALLER: Like it said that they were closed. They weren’t even taking messages or anything.

CLINIC: Yeah. You have to just keep trying them. We don’t do that here.

CALLER: Oh. Well, is it okay if I ask you some questions? Like, well, my friend told me that you guys have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion. Is that true?

CLINIC: No. There is some legal help available, so I know that you don’t have to tell your parents. I don’t know the legalities of it, but I’m sure, you know, at one of those places they could help you out with that.

CALLER: Well, because I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: So that’s like — I would still have to — it’s not old enough or –

CLINIC: Yeah. You don’t have to tell your parents. No. That’s what I’m saying.

CALLER: Okay. Because like I can’t tell my parents at all because they can’t stand my boyfriend. Like they think he’s like — well, he’s 22, and we’re in love and we’re going to get married, but they think he’s too old for me. So they can’t find out at all.

CLINIC: Okay, yeah. I’m sure that everything there is confidential.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: You know? You just have to explain the situation to them and I’m sure that they’ll help you out with it.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you guys like do pregnancy tests there?

CLINIC: We do do pregnancy tests. You have to be 6 weeks past your menstrual period.

CALLER: Okay. Well, like my last one was like the first week in December.

CLINIC: Okay, um-hum.

CALLER: And you guys wouldn’t have to tell my parents about –

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: — getting a pregnancy –

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: So you wouldn’t have to tell anybody at all?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Okay. Is it all right if my boyfriend brings me?

CLINIC: Yeah. It’s best to make an appointment.

CALLER: Okay. I’d actually have to call him to see if he can get off work and when I can come in.

CLINIC: Okay. I could see you today at 3:30.

CALLER: Oh, well, he’s going to be at work until 5:00, so.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, we close at 5:00. But on Tuesdays we’re open later.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Tuesday will be the next day that we’re open here if you want to try back then.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: He was also wondering about birth control. Do you guys do that there?

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Would you have to tell my parents about that?

CLINIC: No. But you have to have an exam first of all. Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: With a pap. Do you know what that is?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: Okay. It’s where they test a little of the tissue from the cervix, okay? It’s like a pre-cancer screening. It’s just a preventative cancer screening.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay? But it’s required that you have one of those every year.

CALLER: Okay. But you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody about birth control at all?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: But you do — if you wanted to make an appointment for that, you know, you have to make, you have to tell me so I can make a longer appointment.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: So it’s all right if I call you back?

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: All right. Thanks.

CLINIC: You’re welcome. Bye.

(phone clicks)

***THE END***

#192 – Planned Parenthood in Burlington, IA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
620 N 8TH ST
BURLINGTON, IA 52601-5037
319-753-6209

TAPE – 192

(dialing sound) (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: Good afternoon. Planned Parenthood.

CALLER: Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there?

CLINIC: No, we don’t.

CALLER: You don’t?

CLINIC: You need to talk to a nurse though?

CALLER: Well, yeah. I guess.

CLINIC: Okay. Hold on. Let me get you the clinic.

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: (pause) I’m sorry. The nurse is out to lunch until 2:00. Can you call back?

CALLER: Well, could I ask you some questions?

CLINIC: What do you need to know?

CALLER: Well, my friend told me that you guys have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion. Is that true?

CLINIC: Hold on a second. Okay?

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: (pause) This is Cherry. Can I help you?

CALLER: Yeah. Well, I was wanting to know like my friend told me that my parents have to be told before I can have an abortion. Is that true?

CLINIC: How old are you?

CALLER: Well, I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: Okay. Where do you live?

CALLER: I live in New London.

CLINIC: New London? Okay. There is a law right now that is parental notification.

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: So that’s correct. If you went to a place to have an abortion they would have to notify your parents.

CALLER: Are you serious? Like there’s no way they can find out. Because like my boyfriend’s 22 and they’re planning on getting married, or like we’re in love and we’re going to get married and everything. But my parents hate him because they think he’s too old for me. So they can’t find out at all.

CLINIC: Okay. So have you had a pregnancy test?

CALLER: I did a home pregnancy test over the weekend.

CLINIC: Okay. Let me see if I can get hold of somebody that might be able to answer your questions better.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Is there a way I can call you back or would it be better for you to call back later?

CALLER: It would be better to call you back later.

CLINIC: Okay. What’s your name?

CALLER: I’m Christine.

CLINIC: Christine. Okay, and what number did you call me on, Christine?

CALLER: The — it’s the 753-5209 number.

CLINIC: Okay. Why don’t you call back — when could you call back?

CALLER: Well, I’m at my friend’s house. I don’t know.

CLINIC: Are you going to be there this afternoon?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Why don’t you call back in about an hour?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And that should give me time to try to get hold of somebody and probably what I’ll do then is give you a phone number for them.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: So they might be able to help you with that. Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Thank you.

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Bye bye.

(phone clicks)

(dialing sound) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. May I help you?

CALLER: Hi, yeah. I was wanting to talk to Cherry.

CLINIC: One moment.

(ringing 1X)

CLINIC: This is Cherry.

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling you back. You said to call you back. I’m the one that was wanting to know about if my parents have to know.

CLINIC: Okay. I have a person that you can talk to at another Planned Parenthood office.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: This is the Planned Parenthood in Iowa City and they do do abortions there. They also do counseling. So she knows a lot more about the parental notification than I do and what your choices are on that, okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay, so you want to call before 5:00 today and ask for Jill. Her phone number is 319-354-8000.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And I just gave her your first name and told her that you’d probably call her this afternoon.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Good luck.

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Um-hum.

(phone clicks)

***THE END***

#182 – Planned Parenthood in Des Moines, IA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
500 ARMY POST RD. # 17
DES MOINES, IA 50315-6240
515-285-6500

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.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Do you have their phone number?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: It’s — you have pen and paper?

CALLER: Yeah.

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.

CALLER: Okay.

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.

CALLER: Okay.

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?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Did you want to set up an appointment for a pregnancy test?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. I could have you come in next Monday.

CALLER: Okay.

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.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Thanks.

(phone clicks)
*** THE END ***
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#193 – Planned Parenthood in Keokik, IA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
206 1/2 N 7TH ST
KEOKIK, IA 52632-5529
319-524-2759

TAPE – 193

(dialing sound) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Good afternoon. This is Planned Parenthood. I’m Chelsea. How can I help you?

CALLER: Hi. I was just on the phone with you and my friend’s mom came in and I had to hang up real quick. I’m sorry.

CLINIC: Okay. Here she is. One second.

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Okay. Hello. This is Lisa, the nurse practitioner.

CALLER: Oh. Hi.

CLINIC: Hi. What can I do for you?

CALLER: Well, I was just like — my friend told me that my parents have to be told before I can have an abortion. Is that true?

CLINIC: Yes, it is.

CALLER: Okay. Is there any way around that? Like I can’t tell them at all because they hate my boyfriend, and if they found out — like well they hate him because — well, we’re going to get married, and he loves me, but like — I don’t know. He just said he was going to take care of me and everything. So they just can’t find out. Like he’s old enough to take care of me. He’s 22. But they can’t find out at all.

CLINIC: Well, if you’re going to get a termination there’s not really much that you can do about it because they will need parent consent. They have to — in order to get a termination or an abortion you have to have parental consent.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay? Or a guardian, whoever is your legal guardian, parental consent or guardian, okay?

CALLER: Well, say that I wasn’t pregnant and like do you guys do birth control there?

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: We do birth control. Yes, we do.

CALLER: But you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: Yes, I do.

CALLER: You do? About birth control?

CLINIC: If I know — no, not about the birth control, but if you come in and tell me your boyfriend is 22 years old, I have to turn him in for sexual abuse.

CALLER: What? But we’re in love. I don’t understand.

CLINIC: If you come in and you don’t tell me, you know, that your boyfriend is 22 years old, I don’t know how old your boyfriend is. You know? I mean, that’s none of my business. But if you come in and you tell me that your boyfriend is 22 years old, he’s going to get charged for statutory rape first of all.

CALLER: Like what could happen?

CLINIC: What could happen?

CALLER: Yeah. Well, would he get in trouble?

CLINIC: He could get in trouble, yeah. I mean, I don’t know. Yes, he — there is a possibility that he could get in trouble. I know — do your parents know that — your parents evidently do not know that you’re dating a 22-year-old man, right?

CALLER: Well, they just don’t like him. I mean, they know him.

CLINIC: Oh, they know that you guys are dating and having sex and everything?

CALLER: Well, no, but –

CLINIC: (laughs) Okay. Well, it sounds like you do need to get on some type of birth control definitely, okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All right?

CALLER: But you guys wouldn’t have to tell my parents about that?

CLINIC: No. We do not tell parents about birth control. No, we do not.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Now if you were pregnant, we wouldn’t even tell them that, okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All right? I mean, that’s something that you’ll have to — you would have to tell them. But if you want to get an abortion which we do not do here, and you’re under the age of 18, you have to have parental consent. Your parents have to know that you’re getting an abortion in the state of Iowa.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: Now in Illinois I don’t think that they have to know, but in Iowa if you go anywhere in Iowa they have to know. They have to know about it.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know like what I could do if I wanted to go to Illinois?

CLINIC: If you wanted to go to Illinois? You could come in and get a pregnancy test first of all. Then we could determine if you’re pregnant or not. Then we can give you a list of abortion facilities in the area.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: But like if I came in and got a pregnancy test you guys wouldn’t have to tell my parents about that?

CLINIC: No, I would not tell your parents you had a pregnancy test, no.

CALLER: Okay. So nobody would have to know at all?

CLINIC: No one would have to know at all. You’re exactly right.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Do you — would you like to call back later and make an appointment for a pregnancy test?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. Why don’t you do that? And then if you want to make an appointment for an annual exam, why don’t you go ahead and do that also? Okay? All right? An exam would be so we could get you started on some birth control if you’re not pregnant. That would probably be the best route to go.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All right.

CALLER: Thank you.

CLINIC: Thank you. Bye bye.

(phone clicks)

***THE END***

#183 – Planned Parenthood in Fort Dodge, IA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
310 2ND AVE S
FORT DODGE, IA 50501-3710
515-573-8131

TAPE – 183

(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood, Ft. Dodge Center. This is Angie.

CALLER: Hi. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?

CLINIC: Nope.

CALLER: No? Do you know any place that does?

CLINIC: Des Moines.

CALLER: Des Moines? Do you have that number?

CLINIC: Yep. It’s 1-800-568-2404.

CALLER: 2404? Do you know — like my friend said that you guys like have to know, like you guys have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion. Is that true?

CLINIC: We have to have parental consent if you’re under 18.

CALLER: Oh. Well, I’ll be 14 in March, but there’s no way they can find out because like — well like the problem is my boyfriend’s 22, and we’re planning on getting married, but they can’t find out because they hate him because they think he’s too old for me. So is there any way like –

CLINIC: Hold on a moment, okay?

CALLER: All right.

(music)

CLINIC: Hi, this is Lori. Can I help you?

CALLER: Hi, yeah. Well, I was asking like is there any way like my parents don’t have to know if I’m getting an abortion?

CLINIC: You can go through what’s called a judicial bypass.

CALLER: Uh-huh. What is that?

CLINIC: Um, where you go before a judge just to prove that you’re mature enough to make the decision.

CALLER: Do I have to get a lawyer?

CLINIC: They appoint one for you.

CALLER: Oh, they do?

CLINIC: Are you planning to go to the Des Moines Planned Parenthood?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. Probably what you need to do is call them and talk to someone down there about it.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Saying that you want to go through judicial bypass, and they’ll walk you through it.

CALLER: Does the judge ever say no or anything?

CLINIC: I don’t — not in this area. There are certain areas where you’ll get a stinky judge (laughs), but I don’t think we’ve had a problem. You know, you may wind up just going through Polk County too.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: But I don’t know the specifics of that because it doesn’t happen a lot.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: But the Des Moines Planned Parenthood are the ones that have to deal with that legally, so why don’t you give them a call? Explain your situation that you want to go through the judicial bypass. Have you watched the video and everything?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: Okay. They’ll probably recommend that you come in and do that and find –

CALLER: Do I have to tell the judge about my boyfriend?

CLINIC: I don’t know what questions they’ll ask.

CALLER: Oh, all right.

CLINIC: You know, I’ve never gone through the process with anybody, so I’m not sure what questions he asks.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: So I can’t — I don’t know. You know, that’s something you’d have to — I’m not — you know, I’m sure there are some judges that just go, yeah, okay, fine, let me sign it. And others may ask questions. So.

CALLER: Oh, all right.

CLINIC: I know. It’s not, it’s kind of a punitive act on the part of the legislature. (laughs)

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: We’re not too happy about it, but, you know, unfortunately we have to go by what the law says, so.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Why don’t you give them a call down there?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And they can help you through it. Okay?

CALLER: Well, like do you guys do pregnancy tests there?

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: Do you have to tell anybody about that if I –

CLINIC: No. Um-um.

CALLER: Okay. Like, well, say that I wasn’t pregnant. Do you guys do birth control there?

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: Okay, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about –

CLINIC: Nope.

CALLER: — that I was on birth control?

CLINIC: Uh-uh. Nope.

CALLER: Okay. Would like my boyfriend be able to pay for it and everything?

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: So, all right.

CLINIC: Do you want to schedule an appointment?

CALLER: Huh?

CLINIC: Do you want to schedule an appointment?

CALLER: Okay. Well, yeah.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: But you guys wouldn’t have to tell my parents? Because they can’t know at all, because they just hate my boyfriend because they think he’s too old for me.

CLINIC: Yeah. No, it’s — in Iowa there is no law stating that parents have to be notified if a minor gets birth control.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: All our services are confidential.

CALLER: My boyfriend said that nobody has to know.

CLINIC: Right.

CALLER: Right?

CLINIC: Right. The only time there’s parental notification is in the case of an abortion with a minor.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: So do you want to schedule for a pregnancy test?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. Just a moment, please.

(music)

CLINIC: I do have some openings this afternoon.

CALLER: Oh. Well, I’d have to call my boyfriend to see if I can –

CLINIC: Okay. Otherwise, I’ve got tomorrow or Monday too.

CALLER: You guys have a walk-in thing?

CLINIC: We really request that you call just because, you know, sometimes we have people scheduled during that time and –

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: — it’s kind of a wait. So we recommend that you call.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Ahead. Okay?

CALLER: Okay. Well, is it okay if I call you back?

CLINIC: That’s fine.

CALLER: What was your name?

CLINIC: Lori.

CALLER: Lori? All right. Okay.

CLINIC: Okay. Bye bye.

CALLER: Thanks.

(phone clicks)

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#194 – Planned Parenthood in Bettendorf, IA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
2751 TECH DR.
BETTENDORF, IA 52722-3242
563-449-1000

TAPE – 194

(dialing sound) (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: Thank you for calling Planned Parenthood in the Quad Cities. This is Steven. How can I help you?

CALLER: Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there?

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: Yeah?

CLINIC: Yeah.

CALLER: Do you have to be a specific age for that?

CLINIC: No. If you’re a minor we have to have some sort of parental notification. You may not need permission but you have to have a form filled out signed by a parent or a guardian.

CALLER: Is there any way not to do that? Like I can’t tell my parents at all because like the problem is my boyfriend is 22 and we’re in love and we’re going to get married, but my parents hate him because they think he’s too old for me.

CALLER: Okay. Then you’ll have to what they call a judicial bypass. What that basically is is you go, you call the circuit of the clerk, clerk of the circuit court I believe is what it is, in Scott County here. And basically they’ll just — I have to give you information or we have to provide some information before you actually see the judge because it will basically fill you in on how you need to answer questions and what not when you see the judge for a judicial bypass.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And usually they’ll put you through as Jane Doe so it’s all confidential for you. And the judge will basically grant you that once you answer the questions.

CALLER: Okay. So do I have to tell them about my boyfriend or anything?

CLINIC: No. Basically they’ll ask why you want the abortion, and you know you’ll have to answer the questions properly and why you don’t want to talk to your parents about it or why you can’t talk to your parents about it, things like that. So I’m not going to tell you to make up any stories or whatever, but whatever answer you give will determine whether or not they can grant you a judicial bypass.

CALLER: How do I know what answers to give them?

CLINIC: I just said I have information for you that you can pick up or I can send to you, or whichever you like to do, make an appointment. That way you’ll be, you’ll be prepared to do so.

CALLER: Okay. Do I have to get a lawyer for that or anything?

CLINIC: No, no. You have to just talk to the clerk of the circuit court. You call them up and they’ll set you up an appointment to go in and see the judge.

CALLER: Okay. And do they ever say no or anything?

CLINIC: So far they haven’t. I haven’t any experience in that at all, you know. People that have actually gone through it haven’t had any problems. But you have to make sure you get your information and once, before you actually see the judge that day.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Did you want to set up an appointment?

CALLER: Well, I’d have to talk to my boyfriend and see when he can get off work to know when to come in, but do you guys do like pregnancy tests there?

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: Yeah? Would you have to tell anybody about that?

CLINIC: Um-um. Everything we do here is confidential.

CALLER: Okay. Would it be all right if my boyfriend brings me?

CLINIC: Yeah. That’s fine.

CALLER: Okay. If I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys like do birth control there?

CLINIC: Um-hum. We sure do.

CALLER: And you wouldn’t have to tell anybody if I was on birth control, right?

CLINIC: Nope. Not at all.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, I’ll call you back.

CLINIC: All right.

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: You’re welcome.

CALLER: Bye.

CLINIC: Bye bye.

(phone clicks)

***THE END***

#184 – Planned Parenthood in Storm Lake, IA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
720 ERIE ST
STORM LAKE, IA 50588-1810
712-732-5454

TAPE – 184

(dialing sound) (ringing 6X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood Storm Lake Center. This is Chris.

CALLER: Hi. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.

CLINIC: We do not.

CALLER: You don’t?

CLINIC: The nearest clinic would be Sioux City.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Do you want the telephone number?

CALLER: Yes, please.

CLINIC: Okay. It’s 712-276-6290.

CALLER: Okay. Do you know like if they have to tell my parents or anything?

CLINIC: How old are you?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: Okay. That is something you’ll have to discuss with them.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, it’s just my parents can’t find out at all –

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: Because the problem is, my boyfriend’s 22, and we’re going to get married and everything, but they hate him because they think he’s too old for me, so.

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: So if they found out, I don’t know what they would do.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: They can’t find out at all.

CLINIC: Well, there is a new law that’s parental notification. Okay?

CALLER: Oh. Is there any way –

CLINIC: It’s not parental consent. But I would encourage you to ask — you know, talk to them about it, you know, because –

CALLER: I can’t talk to them. They don’t understand.

CLINIC: No, no. Sioux City, the clinic in Sioux City.

CALLER: Oh, all right.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Do you think that they would have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: I’m not sure what ways would be around that. You would have to talk to them, okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Because we do not provide that service here.

CALLER: Oh. Well, like do you guys do pregnancy tests there?

CLINIC: Yes. We do that.

CALLER: Oh. Well, would you have to tell my parents about that?

CLINIC: No. Certainly not.

CALLER: So you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No. No.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Do you want to come in for that?

CALLER: Well, yeah, I guess.

CLINIC: Okay. Do you want to come today?

CALLER: I’d have to call my boyfriend to see when he could get off work to bring me, but.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, that’s something we can do any time, so after you talk to him, why don’t you call me, and we’ll start with that.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: He was wondering about like birth control too. Do you guys do that?

CLINIC: Um-hum, yes.

CALLER: But would you guys have to tell anybody about that?

CLINIC: Nope. Nope. That’s all confidential.

CALLER: All right. Okay.

CLINIC: So I would strongly encourage you to talk to him.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And get — and call me and we’ll set something up, okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: And you’re Chris?

CLINIC: This is Chris. But yeah, you want to call and — have you done a pregnancy test?

CALLER: Well, I did a home pregnancy test over the weekend, and it was positive. I don’t — are they really all that good, or –

CLINIC: A lot of times you’re more likely to have a false negative than a false positive. Okay?

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: So that may be accurate but I would be more than happy to bring you in here. And I can dig into my information more on minors and pregnancy and I can try to find more out for you, and we’ll go from there. But I would like to, you know, bring you on in.

CALLER: Is it okay if my boyfriend comes with me?

CLINIC: Yeah, that would be fine. That would be just fine.

CALLER: And you guys wouldn’t have to have him like fill out any information?

CLINIC: Uh-uh.

CALLER: Or tell anybody?

CLINIC: No. No.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: No. So, yeah, I’d really encourage you to come in.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay? So why don’t you give me a call when you know what works, and we’ll get something worked out.

CALLER: Okay, thanks.

CLINIC: Okay, you’re welcome. Bye.

CALLER: Bye.

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#195 – Planned Parenthood in Le Mars, IA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
27 PLYMOUTH ST NW
LE MARS, IA 51031-3522
712-546-4030

TAPE – 195

(dialing sound) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Thank you for calling Le Mars Planned Parenthood. This is Nicki.

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there?

CLINIC: We don’t have abortion services available here. We do have referrals as far as where you can go though.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Are you needing those services or just need information about them, or –

CALLER: Well, I just have a lot of questions but I’m pretty sure I need to do this.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: What I’ll do, I can give you the Sioux City phone number. They would have more information for you.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: They do have abortion services available there so they can answer probably a few more questions than what I can. Are you calling long distance? Do you need an 800 number?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: Okay. Is Sioux City local for you?

CALLER: Yeah, it’s fine.

CLINIC: Okay. It would be 276-6290.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And the staff there should be able to answer any questions. If you have any other questions too, certainly give me a call and I’ll try to help you out.

CALLER: Well, is it all right if I ask you now?

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: Well like, my main question is like is there like an age requirement or anything to have an abortion?

CLINIC: There is no age requirement. There is a state law that has — it’s called parental notification law for anyone that is 17 and under. What that is, is where they would need to contact a family member, usually I think it has to be like a parent or a guardian. Sometimes I think it can be like a grandparent possibly, but you’ll have to talk with them just to make sure that that’s up to date. But they just need to notify them somehow or –

CALLER: Is there any way not to do that? Because like my parents can’t find out at all. It’s just — the problem is, my boyfriend, he’s 22. And we’re in love, and we’re going to get married, but my parents hate him because they think he’s too old for me, and they just can’t find out at all.

CLINIC: Okay. There is one other way. It would have — it’s called judicial bypass where you would need to go in front of a judge and just let the judge know why you feel that you’re responsible enough and old enough that you can make this decision for yourself without your parents knowing.

CALLER: Would I need to get a lawyer for that?

CLINIC: There is a lawyer that would be assigned to you.

CALLER: Oh, all right.

CLINIC: So it would be — I don’t believe it’s any cost to you. It would be something that the county or the state wherever you would go would provide that lawyer with you.

CALLER: Like what if the judge said no?

CLINIC: Then you would have to have the parents notified.

CALLER: Oh. But does that happen a lot?

CLINIC: You know, it just varies from place to place. It depends on what judge you get. So, and I’m not familiar with how it’s been going around here. But the Sioux City clinic could tell you a little bit better on what you can do. We also have a staff attorney that you could talk to too if you have any questions.

CALLER: Well, is it okay if my boyfriend brings me to get like a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: Sure. You can come in. Yeah. You can come in on your own for just a pregnancy test if you’d like to or he can bring you. It doesn’t matter.

CALLER: Would anybody have to know that I’m getting a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: No?

CLINIC: All of our services are confidential. The parental notification thing is a state law that we need to follow, so that’s why we would need to follow that. But otherwise any other medical services that you would get here are completely confidential no matter how old you are.

CALLER: Like my boyfriend was also wanting to know like about birth control too. Do you guys do that?

CLINIC: Yes. Yes, we could talk to you about that. It’s — I mean, if you are considering having an abortion you might want to talk with the Sioux City clinic first because they would normally do all of that with you too anyway. So I mean, you might just save you a trip too, so you can talk with them and schedule that too. I mean, we could certainly do it here, but you know what I mean they’re going to want to do that when you, if you would go to Sioux City or whatever clinic that you would go to. They’d want to do that there too.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Are you from this area where Sioux City would be the closest for you, or –

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay, because I was going to say there is also Sioux Falls Planned Parenthood and there’s also a clinic in Omaha that we sometimes refer to as far as the closest locations to here anyway.

CALLER: Okay. If I was on birth control, would you guys have to tell anybody about that either?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: That’s a service that is confidential.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: So is it all right if I like call you back or whatever?

CLINIC: Sure. Did I already give you the Sioux City number?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. And I can give you their 800 number too. I don’t know if –

CALLER: That’s all right.

CLINIC: Okay. Okay. And they’re open until 5:00 today, so you could certainly call there and ask them any questions too.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Uh-huh. Bye.

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#185 – Planned Parenthood in Cedar Falls, IA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
2520 MELROSE DR # D
CEDAR FALLS, IA 50613-5248
319-277-3333

TAPE – 185

(dialing sound) (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood, Cedar Falls. This is Brooke. How can I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.

CLINIC: Not at this clinic. Our other Planned Parenthoods do though. Do you need some numbers?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. What town do you live in?

CALLER: I live in Parkersberg.

CLINIC: Okay. So I assume Iowa City would probably still be closer to you?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. I’ll give you a couple of different numbers in case Iowa City couldn’t get you in right away.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay. Think about Des Moines. Our Des Moines number is 800-568-2404.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Iowa City is 1-800-568-2368.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And just — here’s another one. There’s an Emma Goldman Clinic in Iowa City that performs abortions. I’ve got that number too if you’d like that.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: It’s 319-337-2111.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know like if they have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion?

CLINIC: How old are you?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: You can do — if you want to make an appointment to come in here we can go over some things with you. There’s something called judicial bypass.

CALLER: Uh-huh. What’s that?

CLINIC: Where you talk to an attorney, and I believe it’s free, and you can go in front of a judge and ask to have an abortion without your parents.

CALLER: Okay. Does he ever say no or anything?

CLINIC: Not usually.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: I don’t have all that information. I know that if you wanted to come in here though we could get you all the information.

CALLER: Okay. Well, it’s just, I can’t tell my parents at all for — like because my boyfriend’s 22, and we’re going to get married and everything, but he — my parents hate him because they think that he’s too old for me. So they can’t find out.

CLINIC: Okay. Yeah. So you would probably want — and that’s what you can explain.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: You would probably want to –

CALLER: Is it okay if he comes in with me to see you?

CLINIC: That’s fine. Part of the appointment he may, they may ask that he wait out there just so they can talk to you first to make sure, just get your feelings on it, and then he can be included in it also.

CALLER: Okay. But you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody or anything?

CLINIC: No. No. Absolutely not.

CALLER: Okay. Well, like would you be doing like the pregnancy test there?

CLINIC: We could. Did you do like a home pregnancy test?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: We could do another one.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: It’s up to you.

CALLER: But you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody about that or anything?

CLINIC: No. Uh-uh. It’s absolutely confidential.

CALLER: Okay. My boyfriend was also wondering about birth control. Do you do that there?

CLINIC: Yep. We do.

CALLER: Would you have to tell anybody like if I was on birth control?

CLINIC: No. Absolutely not. And if you do choose to have the abortion, if you go to one of our Planned Parenthoods they can start you on a method that day.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And whether they send you home with pills; or if you choose like a depo or Lunel (sp) shot. Those are a little more expensive than birth control pills, but they’ll send you home with something that day.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: You could just pick them up. They may send you home with three packs. That would be three months worth. You could come to our clinic and then just pick them up every three months or every couple months.

CALLER: How much would it cost?

CLINIC: Do you work at all?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: They could be anywhere from $5 to $8 a month.

CALLER: Oh, okay. All right. Would it be all right like if my boyfriend came and picked up like the other ones? Like if he came up and picked up the birth control?

CLINIC: Yeah. Once either patients who have abortions get a prescription that day and you leave with them, or we wouldn’t be able to see you, you know, while you were pregnant. So it would have to be — or you wait after the abortion, come in here and have an appointment, and then we get you started on a method.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: So, you know, most — it’s going to be you who has to be in here.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: So. But after that then if you need him to pick them up, he can always stop in the office and get them.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: And you guys don’t have to tell anybody or anything?

CLINIC: No, it’s all confidential.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: So do you want to come in then and talk about that judicial bypass and get the information on that?

CALLER: Yeah. I just have to call him and see when he can take me.

CLINIC: Okay. Why don’t you call him, and then call us back?

CALLER: Okay. Thanks.

CLINIC: Thanks. Uh-huh.

CALLER: Bye.

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#115 – Planned Parenthood in Ames, IA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
2530 CHAMBERLAIN ST.
AMES, IA 50014-7272
515-292-1000

TAPE – 115

(Dialing, phone ringing)

CLINIC: Good afternoon, Planned Parenthood, (unclear). This is Alicia (sp). How can I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?

CLINIC: We do it in Des Moines.

CALLER: In Des Moines?

CLINIC: Yeah. Do you want that phone number?

CALLER: Yeah, okay.

CLINIC: It is 515-280-7000.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Do you know if they have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion?

CLINIC: How old are you?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: There are a few things that you can do to get around that, but they have to be really pertinent reasons. But I am not sure exactly what those are. They should be able to tell you a little bit more about there.

CALLER: Okay. My parents can’t find out at all, because if they do — my boyfriend’s 22. We’re in love, and we’re going to get married. But they hate him because they think he’s too old for me. So there’s just no way they can find out.

CLINIC: Well, probably Des Moines will probably know a little bit more about that.

CALLER: Well, if I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys do birth control there?

CLINIC: Yeah, we do.

CALLER: Yeah? Would you guys have to tell anybody about that either?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: All right. Is it all right if my boyfriend comes with me to get birth control?

CLINIC: Yes, that’s certainly fine. Are you worried about — like did you just have unprotected sex?

CALLER: Well, my last period was like the first week in December. I did a home pregnancy test over the weekend, and it said I was positive.

CLINIC: Okay. You’re going to probably want to call Des Moines then, and see what kind of options they have for you.

CALLER: Okay. If I talk to my boyfriend later on today, and he has questions, is it all right if I call you back and talk to you?

CLINIC: Yeah, you can. Or else you can call Des Moines because they’ll probably have a little bit more information for you.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay. But they wouldn’t tell anybody either?

CLINIC: No. No. It’s totally confidential.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All right.

CALLER: Okay, thanks.

CLINIC: Yep. Bye bye.

CALLER: Bye.

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