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#325 – Planned Parenthood in Bemidji, MN

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
PO BOX 961
BEMIDJI, MN 56619
218-751-8683

TAPE – 325

(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood in Bemidji. This is Heidi. How can I help you?

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

CLINIC: No, we don’t.

CALLER: Do you know of anyplace that does?

CLINIC: Will you hold on for one second, please?

CALLER: All right.

RECORDING: Did your condom break, forget to take your birth control pill, forced to have unprotected sex? To cut your risk of unintended pregnancy, contact our clinic today. Emergency contraception can help to prevent pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sexual intercourse. At Planned Parenthood, giving you the tools you need to protect yourself comes first. A member of our staff will be with you shortly. We apologize for the wait, but please know we are eager to answer your call.

High-quality health care doesn’t have to come with a high price. Planned Parenthood believes that all of our patients deserve the best level of health care at an affordable price. We accept a wide range of insurance, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Partners, Medica, U-Care (ph), Minnesota Care, medical assistance and county insurance plans. Many of our clients even offer reduced fees for annual exams and contraception to patients who meet eligibility guidelines. Remember, at Planned Parenthood your health comes first. Helping you to make the most of your reproductive health is our top priority. Affordable —

CLINIC: Thanks for holding. You wanted to know some names of abortion clinics?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Now the places to obtain abortions are going to be either Fargo, Duluth, Minneapolis or St. Paul.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: A location that makes best for you though?

CALLER: Probably Fargo.

CLINIC: Fargo? Okay. Red River Women’s Clinic is in Fargo. And their toll free number is 888-928-9009.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All righty?

CALLER: My friend told me that since I’ll be 14 in March that my parents have to sign some stuff. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he take care of that?

CLINIC: You know what? I don’t think I would be telling people that you’re 13 years old and you’re dating a 22-year-old-man.

CALLER: Why not?

CLINIC: Because that’s statutory rape, and your boyfriend might end up in jail.

CALLER: What is statu — he could end up in jail?

CLINIC: It means that you’re not old enough to give consent to have sex with a 22-year-old-man.

CALLER: But we’re in love. We’re going to get married.

CLINIC: In the eyes of the law you’re not old enough to give consent, okay? I know on an individual basis that might be different, but we’re talking about the law here.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay? And the law states that a 22-year-old man having sex with a 13-year-old girl is illegal, okay?

CALLER: Well, I’m scared, and I don’t know what to do.

CLINIC: You need to talk to your mom.

CALLER: My last period was in December, and I’m just worried.

CLINIC: Okay. I would first of all really encourage you to talk to your mom about this.

CALLER: But I can’t. She won’t understand at all. She hates him.

CLINIC: Well, you know, yeah, Mom might get mad, but it would be a really great thing if you could talk to her about this. This is very important.

CALLER: But I can’t. She would get furious. I don’t know what she would do.

CLINIC: Okay. Then why don’t you call the abortion clinic and talk to them about how to get a judicial bypass. You’re going to have to go talk to a judge and tell the judge the situation, and a judge may give you permission to have an abortion without notifying your parents.

CALLER: Do you think that I couldn’t be pregnant maybe?

CLINIC: Sure. Have you had a pregnancy test?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: Maybe you need a pregnancy test.

CALLER: Well, could I do that there?

CLINIC: Yes, you can. We’re here until 4:30 today.

CALLER: Okay. Well, what about tomorrow?

CLINIC: 11 until 6:30 we’re here.

CALLER: Well, if I came in for a pregnancy test, would you have to tell anybody that I was there for that?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Okay. Well, is it all right if my boyfriend is there with me? Because I wouldn’t have any other way to get there.

CLINIC: Ummm, yeah. That will be fine.

CALLER: But you guys wouldn’t have to say anything? Would he have to fill out any papers or anything?

CLINIC: Can you hold for just a minute?

CALLER: All right.

(Pause)

RECORDING: (Message repeated).

CLINIC: Okay. Yeah, that’s not a problem. Just come on in tomorrow before 6:30.

CALLER: But you guys wouldn’t have to talk to him or he wouldn’t have to talk to anybody at all?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: I just don’t want him to get arrested or anything.

CLINIC: Okay. But it is a crime if there is sexual contact and penetration and the complainant is under 13 years of age. So if you’re 12 years old and having sex with anyone, it is illegal.

CALLER: Yeah, but I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: You’re going to be 14?

CALLER: In March.

CLINIC: And he’s more than two years older than you.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: Okay. So that’s a crime. It’s not a mandatory report. I don’t have to turn him in to the law.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: But I’m going to talk to you about that.

CALLER: Okay. Well, if the pregnancy test was negative, do you guys have birth control there?

CLINIC: Um-hmm.

CALLER: I don’t want to have to go through all this again.

CLINIC: We can make you an appointment to get on to a birth control method.

CALLER: But you guys don’t have to tell anybody that I’m on birth control?

CLINIC: Nope, I don’t.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay. You’re Heidi?

CLINIC: No, this is Paula.

CALLER: Oh, all right. So if I had any other questions, I could call and ask for you?

CLINIC: You bet, uh-hmm.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All righty.

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Um-hmm. Bye bye.

CALLER: Bye.

***END***

#299 – Planned Parenthood in Owatonna, MN

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
111 W. MAIN ST.
OWATONNA, MN 55060-2913
507-451-0184

TAPE – 299

(Dialing, phone ringing 2x)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. Darlene.

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

CLINIC: No. You have to go to the cities.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, do you have a number for any of them?

CLINIC: Yes, I do. Let me see here. You’ve got a pen and paper?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: 877-890-6225.

CALLER: Is it all right if I ask you a couple of questions?

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: My friend told me — I’ll be 14 in March, and she said that you guys have to tell my parents. But is there any way — my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just take care of that?

CLINIC: Actually, there’s ways around that. Call the Cities. I don’t know the details of it. Call that number — and that is a toll free number — and they will answer any questions you have.

CALLER: Okay. Could I come in to where you’re at and get a pregnancy test though?

CLINIC: The first day of your last period — can I put you on hold for a minute?

CALLER: Yeah.

(Pause)

RECORDING: Looking for information on reproductive health. Let the Planned Parenthood Resource Center help you with —

CLINIC: Okay. The first day of your last period was when?

CALLER: I think it was around December 14th.

CLINIC: Have you taken one at home?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: Yeah. You can come in anytime and we can do a test for you.

CALLER: Well, would you have to tell anybody about that?

CLINIC: Nope.

CALLER: Okay. Is it all right if my boyfriend brings me? Because I don’t know any other way to —

CLINIC: That’s fine.

CALLER: Oh, okay. If it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys do birth control there?

CLINIC: Absolutely.

CALLER: Okay. And you wouldn’t have to tell anybody that I was on birth control?

CLINIC: Nope.

CALLER: Okay. I guess I’ll —

CLINIC: Do you want to come in for an appointment on Thursday?

CALLER: Well, I’d have to call my boyfriend to see. But what time is it that you guys normally do that?

CLINIC: Let me pull up that schedule so you can at least take a couple of days and times down, so you can check with him and his schedule.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: On Thursday the 21st we would have time from 9 until 2:00. And then next week we would have Monday. Monday we have times from 9 until 3:30. And next Tuesday, 9 until 5:30. And those are every half an hour.

So go ahead and just call him and see what — you can talk to him in a couple days and see what his schedule looks like, then you can just get back to us.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: He doesn’t want anyone asking a whole bunch of questions. You guys wouldn’t do that, would you?

CLINIC: Like about what?

CALLER: Well, I don’t know. He’s just worried about my parents finding out and getting in trouble.

CLINIC: No. That’s not an issue.

CALLER: So you’re sure that nobody would find out anything?

CLINIC: Yep, that’s right.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: Okay. Thanks.

CLINIC: You’re welcome.

CALLER: Bye.

CLINIC: Bye bye.

***END***

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#300 – Planned Parenthood in Mankato, MN

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
310 BELLE AVE. # L 6
MANKATO, MN 56001-5289
507-387-5581

TAPE – 300

(Dialing, phone ringing 2x)

CLINIC: Hello. Planned Parenthood (unclear). Can I help you?

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

CLINIC: No, not at this clinic. They do that up in our St. Paul office.

CALLER: Okay. Do you have that number?

CLINIC: Um-hmm. You there?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: 1-877-890-6225.

CALLER: My friend told me that since I’ll be 14 in March, that my parents have to sign some stuff. But my boyfriend’s doing it too. Could he just sign whatever that is?

CLINIC: Nope.

CALLER: No?

CLINIC: Nope.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: The law in Minnesota is, for a minor, there’s parental notification, that your parents must be notified.

CALLER: Is there any way not to tell them? Because they can’t find out at all.

CLINIC: There is. It would be a judicial override, where you would have to go before a judge and explain to them why; telling your parents that you need this procedure would endanger your health and welfare. And then he would have to agree or — the judge would have to agree that, yes, that would be a danger to you.

CALLER: Does he never not agree?

CLINIC: They can, yes.

CALLER: Well, how much does all of that cost?

CLINIC: When you call up, tell them that that’s something you need information about. And they’ll know more about that process and how to initiate that for you.

CALLER: Well, could I come in there and get a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: Yeah. We can do that, yes.

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

CLINIC: No. Pregnancy tests and birth control and all that stuff, that’s for you to consent for. Just in Minnesota your parents have to consent for an abortion. Well, not actually through a consent; they just have to be notified.

CALLER: Is it all right if my boyfriend brings me to get a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: It’s all right if he’s there with me and stuff?

CLINIC: Yeah. That’s up to you. If you want him there, he can be there.

CALLER: I need to ask him if he has any other questions. Could I call you back? What was your name?

CLINIC: Kathy.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay. Thank you.

CLINIC: Okay. Bye bye.

CALLER: Bye.

***END***

#301 – Planned Parenthood in Alberta Lea, MN

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
PO BOX 1006
ALBERTA LEA, MN 56007-1006
507-373-5288

TAPE – 301

(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood, Albert Lee. This is Carol. How can I help you?

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

CLINIC: No, we don’t. The only facilities that provide that service in the Planned Parenthood system here in Minnesota would be in St. Paul.

CALLER: Oh. Do you have that phone number?

CLINIC: Yes. I can give that to you. It’s a toll free number. It is 1-877-890-6225.

CALLER: Okay. Well, is it okay if I ask a quick question?

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: My friend told me — I’ll be 14 in March, and she said that they would have to my parents sign some stuff. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he sign that?

CLINIC: Not unless he’s your legal guardian.

CALLER: No. So is there any way that my parents don’t have to find out?

CLINIC: There is what they call a judicial bypass. And that they use sometimes where they get a judge to sign it like if they can’t locate your parents or something like that. But you can ask them more questions when you call that toll free number because they may know some other information that would apply.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, could I get a pregnancy test where you’re at?

CLINIC: Do you not know whether or not you’re pregnant?

CALLER: Well, not really. It’s just I’m scare because my last period was the second week in December, and I just don’t know.

CLINIC: And you haven’t used any method of birth control or anything?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: Okay. Yeah, you better come in and get a test. The nurse will be here this afternoon until 6:30. It is a urine pregnancy test, so you will need to give us a urine specimen when you come in.

CALLER: You guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody that I was there for that?

CLINIC: No, that’s strictly confidential. The only thing that requires your parents to know is if you’re having something that requires more significant medical treatment, but not birth control services or testing for sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy tests.

CALLER: Is it okay if my boyfriend brings me and is there with me?

CLINIC: Um-hmm.

CALLER: Well, he just doesn’t want anybody in there to know about him. You guys wouldn’t tell anybody about him or anything?

CLINIC: No. We don’t tell anybody about the patients that come to visit us or the people that they’re associated with.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All righty.

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Bye bye.

CALLER: Bye.

***END***

#302 – Planned Parenthood in Fairmont, MN

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
PO BOX 728
FAIRMONT, MN 56031
507-235-6116

TAPE – 302

(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)

CLINIC: Family Planned Parenthood. This is Linda.

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

CLINIC: No, we don’t. They do them in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and at St. Paul.

CALLER: Do you have the number for St. Paul?

CLINIC: I sure do. I just have to find it. It’s 877-890-6225.

CALLER: Okay. I’ll be 14 in March. And my friend told me that my parents have to sign some stuff. But my boyfriend is 22. Could he do that?

CLINIC: Ask them when you call. It’s an 800 number. But usually they make you go in front of a judge if you don’t have your parents’ approval or signature, the last I knew. Okay?

CALLER: Could I come in there for a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: Yes. So you’re not sure if you’re pregnant?

CALLER: Well, not really. I’m just scared because my last period was the second week in December.

CLINIC: Okay. Yeah. Sure. Come on in. Do we have a chart on you? Have you ever been here?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: Okay. Yeah, just come on in —

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

CLINIC: No, no, no.

CALLER: If it’s all right if my boyfriend brings me?

CLINIC: Sure, that’s fine.

CALLER: He’s just worried that you guys would ask questions about him. You guys wouldn’t?

CLINIC: No, no, no. Nope, nobody will know but us here.

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

CLINIC: We sure do.

CALLER: And you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody that I was on birth control?

CLINIC: Nope, uh-uh. It’s all confidential. We’ll real strong about the confidentiality. That’s very important. Yeah, we can do the pregnancy test today. But if it’s negative, you’d have to come back either a Monday or Thursday to see our nurse practitioner.

CALLER: I would have to call and see when my boyfriend can get off work, but that’s cool.

CLINIC: Yeah. So you just have to schedule a time that you think he could bring you in. But you can come in anytime for the pregnancy test.

CALLER: My parents can’t find out because they don’t like him. I mean, he’s a really nice guy. They just don’t like him because they think he’s too old for me.

CLINIC: Yeah, well. Us parents are funny people. Yeah, no. It’s totally confidential here, hon.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All righty.

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Um-hmm. Bye bye.

CALLER: Bye.

***END***

#303 – Planned Parenthood in Willmar, MN

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
2320 HIGHWAY 12 E. # 6
WILLMAR, MN 56201-5811
320-235-9150

TAPE – 303

(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood in Wilmer. This is Sarah. Can I help you?

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

CLINIC: No, we do not.

CALLER: Do you know of anyplace that does?

CLINIC: And where would be the closest place you could go to?

CALLER: Well, I don’t know.

CLINIC: Are you from around here?

CALLER: Well, sort of. I live in Spicer.

CLINIC: Probably Minneapolis. Minneapolis-St. Paul area would be the closest place to get those services.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you have a phone number for that?

CLINIC: Let me look here. St. Paul, you could call 1-877-890-6225.

CALLER: Okay. I’ll be 14 in March. And my friend said that they would have tell my parents and have them sign some stuff. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he do that?

CLINIC: No. You’re only 14 or you’re 13?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: So you’re 13 right now?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: In order for you to have an abortion, your parents are going to have to sign a consent. And both of them would have to sign it, not just one, in order for you to have an abortion in the state of Minnesota.

CALLER: Well, is there any way not to do that?

CLINIC: Nope, there’s not. It’s the Minnesota law. It’s our wonderful legislature, so there’s no way to get around that one.

CALLER: Well, what can I do?

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

CALLER: But I can’t tell my parents. They would be furious. I don’t know what they would do.

CLINIC: Well, I don’t know. It’s one of those conditions I guess where you’re between a rock and a hard spot, you know? The law says that you have to have your parents’ consent, you have to have them sign if you are going to have an abortion because you’re considered a minor. Either that or you can continue the pregnancy and go that route. But either way you’re going to have to tell them.

CALLER: But what if I wasn’t pregnant? Could I come in there and get a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: Do you know that you’re pregnant?

CALLER: Well, not really. I’m just scared because my last period was like the second week in December.

CLINIC: So you’re late for a period.

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Are you having the signs of pregnancy?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: Okay. Yeah. I would definitely come in and have a test first.

CALLER: Would you guys have to tell anybody that I was there for that?

CLINIC: No. We’re completely confidential here.

CALLER: Would it be all right if my boyfriend was there with me? That would be the only way I could get there.

CLINIC: Well, yeah. We have males come in here all the time. That’s not a problem.

Are your parents aware that you’re dating an older man?

CALLER: Well, they know him, but they don’t know that we’re having sex.

CLINIC: Okay. But they know that you’re with him —

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: — and they’re okay with that?

CALLER: Yeah. Kind of. Well, they don’t really like him. He’s a nice guy and everything, but they hate him because they think he’s too old for me.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, parents are parents. There is quite an age difference between 22 and 14, or 13 I guess.

CALLER: Well, why do you say that?

CLINIC: Well, I’m just saying that parents have a tendency to do that when there is an age difference, whether it be one year or two years or 20 years.

CALLER: But he’s a sweet guy. He’s really good to me.

CLINIC: Well, as long as he doesn’t abuse you or hurt you or mistreat you, then that’s what’s important.

CALLER: Yeah. He’s going to take care of me and everything.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, why don’t you come in and have the test done first, okay? Take things one thing at a time here. Have the test done first, and then we’ll go from there whether that test comes out positive or negative. And then we’ll take that route when it comes.

CALLER: Well, if it was negative, do you guys do birth control there?

CLINIC: We sure do. And we could fit you in for an exam, including a pap smear. And go ahead and get you some sort of birth control method.

CALLER: Okay. Well, you wouldn’t have to tell anybody that I was on birth control though?

CLINIC: Nope. We would tell nobody. That’s completely confidential here.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay? It’s a little bit later in the day right now. But probably tomorrow would be a good time.

CALLER: Okay. Well, I’d have to call him and see when he could get off work to take me.

CLINIC: Well, why don’t you find out what time works out good for you guys, and then give us a call back maybe. And we’ll work out a time. To let you know, a walk-in basis only is for pregnancy tests; we don’t schedule appointments for that. But if you want to just schedule an appointment for an exam, then you would need an appointment for that.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: All right. We’ll wait to hear from you then.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay. Thanks.

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Bye bye.

CALLER: Bye.

***END***

#304 – Planned Parenthood in St. Cloud, MN

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
700 W. SAINT GERMAIN ST.
ST. CLOUD, MN 56301-3507
320-252-9504

TAPE – 304

(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)

CLINIC: St. Cloud Planned Parenthood. Amy speaking. Can I help you?

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

CLINIC: No, we don’t.

CALLER: Well, do you know of anybody that does?

CLINIC: Not in St. Cloud. The only places that do them are in the Twin Cities, Duluth or Fargo. I can give you a phone number if you want me to do that.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Can I put you on hold for a second?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Thanks.

(Pause)

CLINIC: Thanks for holding. Sorry about that. The only number I have right off hand is for the Planned Parenthood in St. Paul. Their toll free number is 1-877-890-6225.

CALLER: Can I ask a couple questions real quick?

CLINIC: You know what? I’m really not going to know anything about it just because we don’t do them here.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: They’d be able to answer all your questions better than I would.

CALLER: Well, do you know if my parents have to know or anything? I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: That I don’t know. I know that there is a law that says that they have to be notified. But I think there’s some kind of a judicial bypass that that’s absolutely impossible. And like I said, they’re the ones that deal with it all the time, so they would be able to help you with that.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, could I come in there for a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: You can do that. We do those on a walk-in basis, if you just come in anytime. It’s a urine pregnancy test so it takes about five minutes to run. But you should plan to be here about 20 minutes with paperwork and talking to the nurse and all that stuff. So if you wanted to come in, you could come in tomorrow between 9 and 4, Thursday between 9 and 6, or Friday between 9 and 3.

CALLER: Okay. Well, could my boyfriend sign for me? He’s 22.

CLINIC: What do you mean sign for you? You don’t need to have your parents’ permission to have a pregnancy test done.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: You can just come in here on your own and do that.

CALLER: Would it be all right if my boyfriend came with me?

CLINIC: Yeah, that’s fine.

CALLER: He’s worried that you guys would have to say something to him or ask him questions and stuff.

CLINIC: We wouldn’t do anything with him. It’s completely confidential. So you can come in on your own or you can bring him in if you want to. Basically, we’re just going to run the test and tell you what the result is, and refer you from there.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

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

CLINIC: We sure do, yes. If it turns out negative, what we can do is schedule you to come in for — well, to get on birth control, you would have to come in for a pap smear and a pelvic exam.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Everything that we do here is confidential.

CALLER: So you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about birth control either?

CLINIC: Not about birth control, no. You would be able to just come in, have the exam, and we could get you started on a birth control method once you decide which one that you want to go on. And we can give you all that information when you come in for the pregnancy test.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Thanks.

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Bye.

CALLER: Bye.

***END***

#305 – Planned Parenthood in Alexandria, MN

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
1103 BROADWAY ST.
ALEXANDRIA, MN 56308-2529
320-762-0766

TAPE – 305

(Dialing, phone ringing 2x)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood of Alexandria. This is Rene. Could I help you?

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

CLINIC: No, we don’t.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know of anybody that does?

CLINIC: Let’s see. Where are you calling from?

CALLER: I’m in Glenwood.

CLINIC: Okay. I can give you several phone numbers that you can call.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: There’s a 1-800 number to the Planned Parenthood in St. Paul.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: 877-890-6225. Let’s see. And there’s one in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Is that further away?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: There’s one in Minneapolis and Fargo.

CALLER: Okay. Well, I’ll just call this one place. My friend told me that — I’ll be 14 in March, and she said that my parents would have to sign some things. But my boyfriend is 22. Could he sign whatever it is?

CLINIC: I think you’d have to talk to them about it.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, could I come in there for a pregnancy test then?

CLINIC: Have you ever been here before?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: There is some paperwork to fill out, but yes, you could.

CALLER: Does my boyfriend have to fill out anything at all?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: No?

CLINIC: Just you.

CALLER: But you guys wouldn’t have to tell my parents or you wouldn’t have to tell anybody that I was there getting a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: If you have time tomorrow, we could do it tomorrow.

CALLER: Well, I’d have to call my boyfriend to see, but I don’t know.

CLINIC: Are you late for a period?

CALLER: Yeah. Well, my last period was like the second week in December.

CLINIC: And you’re not using birth control?

CALLER: No. But if the pregnancy test was negative, do you guys have birth control there?

CLINIC: That you need an appointment for. You’d have to have a birth control appointment.

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

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: All right. Okay. So I’ll call my boyfriend and see what he says. Is that all right?

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: Thanks. Bye.

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#310 – Planned Parenthood in Rochester, MN

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
1212 7TH ST. NW
ROCHESTER, MN 55901-1733
507-288-5186

TAPE – 310

(Dialing, phone ringing 2x)

CLINIC: Rochester Planned Parenthood. Can I help you?

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

CLINIC: No, not in this clinic. We do have some clinics in the city that do.

CALLER: Okay. Do you have that phone number?

CLINIC: Sure. Hang on one second.

CALLER: Okay.

RECORDING: Our nurse practitioners and doctors work with you helping to find the method that fits best with your lifestyle and personal —

CLINIC: Okay. You’re ready?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: All right. There’s a Planned Parenthood. It’s called the Highland Clinic, St. Paul. The toll free number is 1-877-890-6225. There’s also the Midwest Health Center in Minneapolis. That’s 612-332-2311. There’s also a Dr. Mildred Hanson in Minneapolis, 612-870-1334. And there’s Surgical Specialties at the St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center. They have a toll free number. It’s 1-800-332-5720, extension 3200.

CALLER: Okay. Do you know if you guys — well, my friend told me that since I’ll be 14 in March that you guys have to have my parents sign some stuff. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he sign whatever that is?

CLINIC: No. But there is something called the judicial bypass that you can get. You don’t have to have your parents’ consent.

CALLER: Well, he’s an adult. Why can’t he sign whatever it is?

CLINIC: Because he’s not really your guardian.

CALLER: Oh, okay. How much does it cost for a judicial bypass?

CLINIC: I don’t think there’s a cost for that, but the abortion itself is $450.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: You have to have that available.

CALLER: Well, he said he was going to take care of everything.

CLINIC: Okay. All right. Well, if you call those phone numbers and tell them that you are in need of that, and they can give you all the information about what you need to do and where you need to call.

CALLER: And you don’t think that they would have to say anything to my parents or anybody? We just can’t let anyone know for any reason.

CLINIC: Nope. You’re protected by law that you do not have to do that as long as you can get the judicial bypass.

CALLER: What I can’t get that? Is there any reason why they wouldn’t let me have that?

CLINIC: Generally not. Usually that’s not a problem. I don’t know of anybody that’s tried to get that and has not been able to. So that’s usually not a problem. Just make sure you ask about that information.

CALLER: I’m just really worried because my last period was like the second week in December. Is there any way that I couldn’t be pregnant?

CLINIC: Have you done a pregnancy test?

CALLER: Well, no.

CLINIC: Okay. You probably need to do a pregnancy test to make certain. I mean, it’s possible sometimes you can actually skip periods for whatever reason.

CALLER: Well, could I come in there for a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: Sure. You don’t need an appointment, you can just walk in.

CALLER: Is it all right if my boyfriend brings me and everything?

CLINIC: Yep, that’s fine.

CALLER: So if I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control there?

CLINIC: We wouldn’t be able to give it to you that day. We could set up an appointment for you to come for a complete physical exam and a pap smear, and we could get you going that way.

CALLER: Okay. Because my boyfriend doesn’t want to have to go through this again.

CLINIC: Yeah. That would probably be good.

CALLER: If I was on birth control would you guys have to tell anybody that I was?

CLINIC: Nope. It’s all confidential.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All right?

CALLER: Would it be possible for him to pick up the pills?

CLINIC: No. You’re going to have to come in for an actual exam, and we give them to you that day. We give them to you that day when you come in for the exam.

CALLER: Well, like after the exam or whatever? Because I don’t drive. He’s the only one that could —

CLINIC: You have to come back one more time to do a blood pressure check and a weight check because we have to make sure you’re doing okay on the pills. And then after that we give you the whole year, so the next time you come back is for the exam. And then we can give you all the pills anyway.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: There really isn’t a time that we need to have him come back, and we really have to have you come in to get them because they’re for you.

CALLER: If he had any questions, what was your name? Could I call you back?

CLINIC: Sure. My name’s Lisa. You can ask for any of the nurses. Any of us can help you with it.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: You bet. Bye bye.

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#323 – Planned Parenthood in Brainerd, MN

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
615 OAK ST.
BRAINERD, MN 56401-3610
218-829-1469

TAPE – 323

(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)

RECORDING: Thank you for calling the Planned Parenthood of Brainerd. If you know your party’s extension, please enter it now. If you’re calling for the clinic hours, press 1. To schedule an appointment, press 2. For the regional office, press 3. For the Wise Guys Young Male Responsibility Program, press 4. If you’re calling for the nurse, press 5. For clinic directions, press 6. If you’re calling to have your pills ready for pick-up or to have them mailed, press 7. All other callers please stay on the line.

Please hold while I try that extension.

RECORDING: High-quality health care doesn’t have to come with a high price. Planned Parenthood believes that all of our patients —

CLINIC: This is Sharon. How can I help you?

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

CLINIC: No, we don’t.

CALLER: Do you know of anybody that does?

CLINIC: I can give you some phone numbers. The closest is either Duluth or Minneapolis.

CALLER: How about the Duluth one?

CLINIC: Okay. The number is 218-727-3352.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Can I ask you a quick question? I’m just worried. My friend told me that — I’ll be 14 in March, and she said that my parents would have to sign some stuff. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just take care of that?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: No?

CLINIC: No. You can get a judicial bypass where your parents don’t need to know or don’t need to sign. And once you call that number, they will tell you everything you need to know and what steps you need to go through and that kind of thing. Okay?

CALLER: All right. I’m not real sure. My last period was December 4th. But I’m just worried and I’m scared.

CLINIC: Why don’t you come in and get a pregnancy test done first?

CALLER: Okay. Well, is it all right to do that and my parents wouldn’t have to find out about it?

CLINIC: Right. No, they would not. It’s strictly confidential. Your last period was December you said?

CALLER: It was like December 14th

CLINIC: December 14th. Yeah. Why don’t you come in and let’s do a pregnancy test, and then we’ll take it from there. It’s strictly confidential.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay? We’re here until 4:30 today. So if you could get here before 4:30 for sure. Otherwise, tomorrow we’re here until 6.

CALLER: Well, is it all right if my boyfriend comes with me and is there with me?

CLINIC: Certainly.

CALLER: Does he have to fill out anything or anything?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Because he just doesn’t want anybody to know about us.

CLINIC: No. No, not at all.

CALLER: If the pregnancy test ended up being negative, do you guys do birth control there?

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

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

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Yeah. Everything we do is strictly confidential. We wouldn’t divulge any of that information to anyone, including parents, no matter how old you are.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Thank you.

CLINIC: You’re welcome. Bye.

CALLER: Bye.

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