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#116 – Planned Parenthood in Des Moines, IA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
10534 NEW YORK AVE.
DES MOINES, IA 50322-3775
515-276-8005

TAPE – 116

(Dialing, phone ringing)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood, Des Moines West. This is Denessa (sp).

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

CLINIC: Not at this location. We do them at the central location.

CALLER: Do you have the number for that?

CLINIC: Yeah. It’s 280-7002.

CALLER: Can I ask a question?

CLINIC: Okay. I might not know the answer, but okay.

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

CLINIC: There are certain rules about it. I would actually just call Central and go over it with them. Because we do them here, so we really don’t know very much about them.

CALLER: Well, it’s just like I can’t tell my parents because my boyfriend’s 22. And we’re going to get married and everything, but they can’t stand him because they think he’s too old for me.

CLINIC: And how old are you?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: All right. Well, like I said, we don’t do anything with them here, so we don’t know how stiff any of the rules are. We don’t know really anything about it. I would just call and talk to them down there.

CALLER: Do you guys do birth control there?

CLINIC: Yeah, we do.

CALLER: And would you guys have to tell my parents about that?

CLINIC: No.

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

CLINIC: Nope.

CALLER: All right. Well, if my boyfriend has questions, can I call you back about birth control later.

CLINIC: Um-hmm.

CALLER: What was your name?

CLINIC: Denessa.

CALLER: All right. Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay, thanks.

CLINIC: You’re welcome.

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#117 – Planned Parenthood – Central Clinic in Des Moines, IA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD – CENTRAL CLINIC
PO BOX 4557
DES MOINES, IA 50306-4557
515-280-7000

TAPE – 117

(Dialing, phone ringing)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood Central. This is Bethany. Can I help you ?

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

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: Yeah? Well, how much does that cost?

CLINIC: It depends on how far along you are.

CALLER: Okay. How do you know?

CLINIC: Do you know the first day of your last normal menstrual period?

CALLER: It was like the first week in December.

CLINIC: December? So right now you’re probably a little over 10 weeks, almost 11 weeks along. At 13 weeks, the cost is $900. Do you have insurance?

CALLER: Well, my boyfriend said he would pay for it.

CLINIC: So you’re not going to use insurance. The full cost, like I said, is going to be 400 — or $900. When you don’t have insurance or insurance that won’t cover, we give you a 50 percent discount off that, which makes it $450. And that is all due when you come in.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Is there any age limit for having an abortion or anything?

CLINIC: Nope, it doesn’t matter how old you are. But if you’re under the age of 18, you either need to have your parent with you or you need to —

CALLER: Like, I can’t tell my parents. They’re —

CLINIC: Then you’d have to go in front of a judge to do it.

CALLER: Okay. What do I have to go to a judge for?

CLINIC: Are you under the age of 18, I’m guessing?

CALLER: Well, I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: You’ll be what?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: So you’re under the age of 18.

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: It means that you’re not an adult. You’re a minor. So it’s a illegal in the state of Iowa to do it without parental notification. You can go in front of a judge. We prefer you to talk to your parents though.

CALLER: But I can’t. My boyfriend’s 22. And we’re going to get married and everything. But they can’t find out because they hate him. They think he’s too old for me. And there’s just no way that they can find out or anything.

CLINIC: Okay. Then once you make your appointment, we’d give you the phone number to the Youth Law hotline, and you’d have to go in front of a judge and prove to a judge that you’re mature enough to be making this decision on your own.

CALLER: What if the judge says no?

CLINIC: Then you’re going to have to tell your parents.

CALLER: All right. And there’s no way around that at all?

CLINIC: No. It’s a state law.

CALLER: What if my boyfriend says it’s all right?

CLINIC: Yeah, that’s fine. But that’s not your parents.

CALLER: So my boyfriend can’t say, well, it’s all right, and you guys wouldn’t have to tell my parents then?

CLINIC: No. Because you are not 18, the state of Iowa law says that you need to either have your parents with you or you need to go in front of a judge and let a judge decide.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Do the judges always say no?

CLINIC: Do they always say no?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Um-um. I don’t know if I’ve had someone as young as you go in front of the judge, so I don’t know. That might make a difference.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: But I don’t know. I can’t say. I mean, I would definitely prefer you to talk to your parents.

CALLER: But nobody’s going to say anything about my boyfriend?

CLINIC: I don’t know. I have no idea. That’s up to a judge too, I guess. I don’t know. That he’s that much older than you, I don’t know how a judge is going to feel about that.

CALLER: Well, I just don’t want my parents to know about this.

CLINIC: Well, they shouldn’t know. There shouldn’t be any reason why they’d find out if you went in front of a judge. But if something went wrong or anything like that then —

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

CLINIC: I don’t know how it’s done. I have never been there before.

CALLER: Does anyone know?

CLINIC: I can give you the number to the Youth Law hotline, and they can help you out more than I can.

CALLER: How much does that cost?

CLINIC: It’s free.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Would they tell anyone about my boyfriend?

CLINIC: I don’t know. It’s the Youth law hotline. I don’t know how they’re going to react to it.

CALLER: Well, say I wasn’t pregnant, and I came in to you guys, would you guys be able to do birth control or anything?

CLINIC: Um-hmm.

CALLER: And you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about that?

CLINIC: Right.

CALLER: Okay. I would have to talk to my boyfriend. But can I call you back and ask you questions or anything if he’s got more?

CLINIC: Yep.

CALLER: Okay. What was your name?

CLINIC: My name is Bethany, but you can talk to anyone that’s here.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: Okay, thanks.

CLINIC: Bye.

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#118 – Planned Parenthood in Newton, IA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
615 N 2ND AVE W
NEWTON, IA 50208-3015
641-792-1012

TAPE – 118

(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood’s Newton Center. This is Sara. May I help you?

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

CLINIC: No, we don’t here in the Newton Center. They do in Des Moines, Iowa City and the Quad Cities and Sioux City.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Des Moines would be the closest.

CALLER: Well, do you know if they would have to tell my parents before I could have an abortion?

CLINIC: Well, how old are you?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: Your parents would be notified. They do not need your consent unless you go through judicial bypass.

CALLER: Okay. How would I get judicial bypass?

CLINIC: Well, have you had a positive pregnancy test, first of all?

CALLER: Well, I took a home pregnancy test over the weekend and it was positive.

CLINIC: Okay. Basically there’s a phone number that I would, either I could give you or the people in Des Moines could give you for the, I believe it’s for the Youth Law Center.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And they would set up, help you get judicial bypass set up.

CALLER: Okay. Would they have to tell my parents or anything?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Okay. The thing is, like they can’t tell my parents because my boyfriend’s 22, and we’re planning on getting married, but like they, my parents hate him because they think he’s too old.

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: But that’s why they can’t find out, so.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: Do you know if like — does like the judge ever say no or anything?

CLINIC: I think that what they do is probably steer you to a judge that is much more understanding.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: So that’s my impression of the, how the situation works. You, like I say, you could either call the Des Moines center directly, or you could come in and I could give you some information. It would probably be a good idea if you had the pregnancy test repeated at one of the Planned Parenthood clinics, and you know we could either do that today or Friday or Monday. I mean, it doesn’t have to be done today.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And then I could give you that phone number and –

CALLER: If the judge said no, what could I do?

CLINIC: Well, I don’t think I’d worry about that at this point. You know, I don’t, I really don’t think that’s usually a problem.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: So. I don’t usually deal with this because, you know, we don’t offer the surgery here at our center. So the Des Moines center is usually the one. Do you live here in town?

CALLER: I live in Prairie City.

CLINIC: Okay. Is it easier for you to get into Des Moines or here?

CALLER: Well, I don’t, I don’t know. I –

CLINIC: Could your boyfriend take you into Des Moines?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. I guess since you’re going to end up there anyway it would probably be just as easy for you to go to Des Moines to get your pregnancy test done and get the information about the judicial bypass and get that all set up because most of that is in Des Moines anyway.

CALLER: Okay. Do you think my boyfriend’s too old for me?

CLINIC: Well, that’s really not for me to decide.

CALLER: Oh, all right.

CLINIC: But do you want the number for the Des Moines center so you can give them a call?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. It’s 515-280-7002.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: I think they’re only open until 5:00 tonight.

CALLER: Okay. Do you guys like do birth control there?

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Okay. And would you guys have to tell my parents about that at all?

CLINIC: Nope.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Nope, we don’t.

CALLER: No one would have to know that I’m on birth control?

CLINIC: Nope. Not unless you tell them.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: What they’ll do is, after an abortion is done they usually try to make sure that you start on some type of birth control.

CALLER: Okay. Does anyone there have to know about my boyfriend or anything?

CLINIC: Anyone where, in Des Moines or here?

CALLER: Like for birth control?

CLINIC: No. That’s something that’s between you and your clinician.

CALLER: Okay. Would he be able to pick them up though if he had to?

CLINIC: If you want him to, yeah. You could write his name down and your information, and then he’d be able to pick them up for you.

CALLER: Okay. If he had questions, could I call you back?

CLINIC: Um-hmm.

CALLER: What was your name?

CLINIC: My name’s Sara.

CALLER: Okay. All right. Okay.

CLINIC: All right?

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Uh-huh. Bye bye.

CALLER: Bye.

(phone clicks)

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