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#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***

#248 – Planned Parenthood in Minneapolis, MN

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
6900 78TH AVE. N # 103
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55445-2719
763-560-3050

TAPE – 248 (Minnesota)

(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Brooklyn Park Planned Parenthood. Can I help you?

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

CLINIC: Not at this particular clinic. We have a clinic in St. Paul that does.

CALLER: Okay. Do you have that phone number?

CLINIC: We sure do. It’s 651-698-2406.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And they are closed right now. I believe they close at 4, but if you want they have a voice, they have an answering service, and they can tell you their hours and also like they have explanations of anything if you want to just like call and like listen.

CALLER: Well, I just had a question.

CLINIC: I might be able to help you.

CALLER: Okay. Well, like my friend told me that since like I’ll be 14 in March that my parents have to know about it, but can they just have my boyfriend sign? He’s 22.

CLINIC: No. What the state of Minnesota requires that, your both parents have to have a consent. If that’s not something then you want, then you have to go through, it’s called a court, it’s a court proceeding, a judge can overrule that.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And you can make an appointment to talk to a counselor there, and then she will tell you everything that you need to do and give you like the form that you need the judge to sign.

CALLER: Do I need to get like a lawyer?

CLINIC: No. Oh, no, no, no. Not at all.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: No. You just go to the court and you state your reasons why you want, why you don’t want your parents to know, that kind of thing, and they just sign a form for you, and then you can go ahead.

CALLER: Well, how much does that cost?

CLINIC: I’m not sure of the cost is anything.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: But you have to set up an appointment.

CALLER: Does the judge ever say no?

CLINIC: Not too often.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Some of the reasons that they would not, that they would not overturn that is like if they didn’t feel that you were able to handle it by yourself or if they didn’t feel that you were mature to go through it.

CALLER: But my boyfriend would take care of everything, he said.

CLINIC: Well, he doesn’t help you really emotionally if they feel — that kind of thing. He has nothing to do with it.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: As far as going through this, the whole procedure with the court and that kind of thing.

CALLER: So I Just shouldn’t tell them at all that he would help, or –

CLINIC: Oh, no. That’s a good thing. I mean, you need to have — it’s good to have someone, you know, with you and supporting you. I’m just saying that it’s up to the judge, but most of the times they do overturn it if you can give a, you know, a pretty sound reason as to why you don’t want your parents to know or be involved in the situation.

CALLER: Okay. Well, it’s just, like my friend said that I would be in trouble because my boyfriend’s 22. Is that true, or –

CLINIC: Um. You know, honestly, I — I mean, if it’s consensual, I, it wouldn’t. As far as I know it wouldn’t.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: But I can’t give you a really direct answer on that.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Someone there could.

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

CLINIC: Oh, of course. Yep.

CALLER: And you wouldn’t have to tell anybody that I was getting a pregnancy test or anything?

CLINIC: Not at all. No, it’s confidential.

CALLER: Okay. Well, would it be all right if my boyfriend brings me?

CLINIC: Yeah, that’s fine.

CALLER: Because I don’t know how else I would get there.

CLINIC: Have you taken a positive pregnancy test yet?

CALLER: Well, I took a home pregnancy test over the weekend, but I wasn’t sure if I did it right.

CLINIC: Okay. And did it come back positive?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. Because they’re pretty accurate if they come back positive.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: Yeah.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: So it’s up to you if you want to pay. It’s $13.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: So it’s up to you if you want to do it again, but a home pregnancy test that comes back positive, they are pretty accurate.

CALLER: Okay. Well, if I wasn’t pregnant, like if the one you guys do came out negative, do you have birth control there?

CLINIC: Yes.

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

CLINIC: Oh, no.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: No, but we’d require you to have an annual exam.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: To get on birth control, but everything is confidential.

CALLER: Is it okay if I talk to my boyfriend and then call you back if he had any questions?

CLINIC: Sure. That’s no problem. And if you wanted to come in for a pregnancy test, we are open until 6:30 today.

CALLER: Okay. What was your name?

CLINIC: My name’s Jennifer.

CALLER: Okay. Thanks.

CLINIC: You’re welcome.

CALLER: Bye.

CLINIC: Bye.

(phone clicks)

***THE END***

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#249 – Planned Parenthood in Grand Rapids, MN

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
811 NE 4 TH ST.
GRAND RAPIDS, MN 55744-3106
218-326-6689

TAPE – 249

(dialing sound) (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: Grand Rapids Planned Parenthood. This is Heather. Can I help you?

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

CLINIC: We sure don’t.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: We can do pregnancy testing.

CALLER: Oh. Well, do you know if you have to be a specific age for that? Like I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: Oh, I know that under the age of 18 you do need to notify your parents. But if you look under the yellow pages or in the yellow pages under “abortion,” you could find a provider, and you could call them to find out the specifics.

CALLER: Oh. Well, it’s just I can’t tell my parents at all because they don’t like my boyfriend because they think he’s too old for me. But like he’s only 22. So they can’t find out though because they would be furious.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, you can try calling like the Duluth Women’s Health Center.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And you can get some information from them.

CALLER: Do you have that number?

CLINIC: Let me see if I do. Okay. Area code 218-727-3352.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All right?

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

CLINIC: Yeah, we can do that here.

CALLER: Would it be all right if my boyfriend brings me because I don’t know how else I would get there.

CLINIC: Yeah. That would be fine.

CALLER: Okay. But you guys wouldn’t have to say anything about anything?

CLINIC: No. Nope. Pregnancy testing and birth control services are services that can be provided in the state of Minnesota to anyone, regardless of what age they are.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Without parents consent.

CALLER: Well, would my boyfriend have to sign any papers or anything?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Okay. So you wouldn’t — it’s just he doesn’t want anyone to know, but you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: Umm. I’m not sure on that, but I can’t see any reason why.

CALLER: Why aren’t you? What do you not –

CLINIC: It would depend on if it’s an abusive relationship or not. I guess we’d need to find that out from you.

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

CLINIC: Okay. I can let you talk to our nurse practitioner.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: If you want.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: She’s in the room with a patient right now.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: Do you want to hold?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. Hold on just a few minutes.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Thanks.

(dialing sound) (ringing 3X)

CLINIC: Grand Rapids Planned Parenthood. This is Heather. Can I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was on hold. I got cut off.

CLINIC: Oh. I’m sorry. Okay. Let me see. I looked up in my Consent and Confidentiality Handbook, and it says, “If an adolescent reveals having consensual sex with someone considerably older than he or she, is the healthcare provider mandated to report this as statutory rape?” And according to Minnesota state law, it says no. “Even though the sexual conduct between a minor and an older individual may constitute criminal sexual conduct, healthcare providers are not mandated to report unless the sexual contact also falls within the child abuse/sexual abuse reporting.”

So unless it’s child abuse or sexual abuse, then we don’t need to tell anybody. All right?

CALLER: Oh. Okay.

CLINIC: Any other questions?

CALLER: No. I guess not.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: Okay. Thanks.

CLINIC: Bye bye.

CALLER: Bye.

(phone clicks)

***THE END***

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#250 – Planned Parenthood in Virginia, MN

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
505 S. 12TH AVE. # 2
VIRGINIA, MN 55792-2001
218-741-8192

TAPE – 250

(dialing sounds) (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood in Virginia. This is Amanda. Can I help you?

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

CLINIC: No, we don’t, but I can give you phone numbers for places that do.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay. Just a minute, please. (pause) Okay, the closest place is in Deluth. It’s called the Deluth Women’s Health Center.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And that’s 1-800-735-7654.

CALLER: Okay. Well, my friend actually told me that like since I’ll be 14 in March that you guys have to tell my parents. But is it all right if like my boyfriend signs the papers or anything? Because he’s 22.

CLINIC: No. No. Your parents — there’s a parental notification law that your parents have to be notified of it.

CALLER: Well, is there any way that they don’t have to be notified because if they found out they would be furious. I don’t know what they would do.

CLINIC: There is what’s called a judicial bypass. As far as how it all works, you would have to contact them at the Deluth Women’s Health Center.

CALLER: Oh, all right.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: So would I be able to come in there and get like a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: You could, but if you’re planning on having that all done you might as well just go to the health center for it.

CALLER: Oh, well, it’s just, my friend told me to go to you guys, so.

CLINIC: Yeah. Well, if you want to be in Planned Parenthood you’d have to. I mean, they do them down in the cities at Planned Parenthood.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: But other than that, Deluth is the closest place.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: But, so you guys, you don’t think that they would have to tell anybody at all?

CLINIC: Well, if you came in just for a pregnancy test, no.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: But if you’re going to have an abortion done you have to — I mean, your parents have to be notified of it.

CALLER: But what if like I did the judicial bypass?

CLINIC: That I’m not sure. I’m not sure how all of that works. That’s why you’d have to call the Women’s Health Center and ask them about that.

CALLER: Okay. Would they have to — like my friend said that you guys would have to say something about my boyfriend being 22.

CLINIC: That I’m not sure either.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: There is something as far as — oh I can’t think of how that works exactly. But I’m thinking because he is over 18 that there is maybe some stipulation with that.

CALLER: What do you mean?

CLINIC: Well, there may be something as far as regardless if you consented to it or not, saying yeah I wanted to have sex, it still, there still could be charges filed against him.

CALLER: Charges?

CLINIC: Yeah.

CALLER: Like what? What do you mean? He could get arrested?

CLINIC: Well, I mean, yeah. It could be considered like statutory rape.

CALLER: Well, but what could I — I don’t understand. What could I do then?

CLINIC: Well, you need to get this taken care of. You need to call the Deluth Women’s Health Center.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And get it taken care of that way. As far as all the other stuff, I’m not sure. I’m sure they’d be able to help you with that too.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: But all I have the access to is just to give you phone numbers for it. And then, I mean, I do know there is the parental notification law. From what I understand, and whether this is totally correct or not, it’s just that your parents have to be notified that you were going to have this done.

CALLER: Oh. Well, I just don’t want anybody to get in trouble. Like I don’t want my boyfriend to be, have charges against him.

CLINIC: Right. And I don’t know how they will handle that down there either. That’s why you’ll have to call and talk to them about it.

CALLER: Well, would it be better just not to say anything about him?

CLINIC: I can’t say that, no. I mean, I mean certainly if he’s there they might see that there’s an age difference. I don’t know.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: But you would have to talk to them about it.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, is it okay if I call you back and ask questions again?

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: What was your name?

CLINIC: My name’s Amanda.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay. Well, thanks.

CLINIC: Uh-huh. You’re welcome. Bye.

CALLER: Bye.

(phone clicks)

*** THE END ***

#251 – Planned Parenthood in Duluth, MN

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
1001 E. CENTRAL ENTRANCE
DULUTH, MN 55811-5501
218-722-0833

TAPE – 251

(dialing sound) (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood of Deluth. This is Jill.

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

CLINIC: We do not provide abortions at this Planned Parenthood.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: You can get an abortion at the Highland Park Planned Parenthood Clinic.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Or locally you can go to the Women’s Health Center. Should I give you the local number?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. Let me just find that. It’s 727-3352.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, do you know — like my friend told me that — like I’ll be 14 in March, and she said that you guys have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he take care of it?

CLINIC: I actually don’t know the answer to that. I’m sorry.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: The women there should know though.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: They may not be open. It’s 5 to 5. They may have closed for the day. But call them back tomorrow if they’re not in today. They should be able to answer your questions. Okay?

CALLER: Okay. Well, is it okay to have a pregnancy test where you’re at?

CLINIC: Yes.

CALLER: Would you have to tell anybody about that at all?

CLINIC: No. That would be entirely confidential.

CALLER: Okay. Well, like –

CLINIC: We’re open today until 6:30.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Yeah. You can just walk in for that if that’s what you need.

CALLER: Okay. I would just have to call my boyfriend to see if he could bring me, but would you guys have to say anything about him at all?

CLINIC: Say anything to him?

CALLER: Or just about him, like — because my friend said that you guys have to say something about him because he’s 22.

CLINIC: Oh, you’re talking about like mandatory reporting or like statutory rape stuff?

CALLER: Yeah, I guess. What do you mean?

CLINIC: I don’t know, and I’m not real sure what your question is.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: We don’t really care who your boyfriend is as long as you’re in a consensual relationship.

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: If you tell us about abuse, yes, we have to report it.

CALLER: Oh, well, we’re — no. Like we’re in love. We’re going to get married.

CLINIC: Okay. And that’s perfectly fine. You need to just come up and take care of your services, and everything’s confidential.

CALLER: Okay. So like if I got on birth control there you guys wouldn’t tell anybody either?

CLINIC: No, it’s all confidential.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay. Thanks.

CLINIC: Bye bye.

CALLER: Bye.

(phone clicks)

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#285 – Planned Parenthood in Burnsville, MN

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
2530 HORIZON DR.
BURNSVILLE, MN 55337-3091
952-890-0940

TAPE – 285

(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)

CLINIC: Burnsville Planned Parenthood.

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

CLINIC: Not at this site. I can give you the phone number of Highland Park office.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: It’s 601-698-2406.

CALLER: Okay. My friend told me that since I’m going to be 14 in March that my parents have to sign some stuff. But is it okay if my boyfriend does it? Because he’s 22.

CLINIC: No. Your boyfriend isn’t a substitute for parents. There are some things you can do to get around that, but you’d have to talk to one of the counselors at the Highland Park office.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Could I come to where you’re at to get a pregnancy test then?

CLINIC: Yeah, you can.

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

CLINIC: No.

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

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Say that the pregnancy test was negative, do you guys have birth control there?

CLINIC: Yes, we do. But you need to make an appointment to get an annual done, a pap smear and everything.

CALLER: So if I’m not pregnant though, I could get birth control?

CLINIC: Well, we’d have to make an appointment for you, yeah.

CALLER: Oh. But nobody would have to know that I was on birth control?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Okay. Well, I’d have to call my boyfriend and see what time he could get off work to take me. But when do you guys normally give pregnancy tests?

CLINIC: Anytime — are you looking for today?

CALLER: Well, no because he’s at work.

CLINIC: Okay. Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9 and 3 and Tuesdays and Thursdays between noon and 6.

CALLER: Okay. What’s your name?

CLINIC: I’m sorry?

CALLER: Could I call if he has any other questions and to make the appointment? What’s your name?

CLINIC: My name is Jo (sp).

CALLER: Okay. Thanks.

CLINIC: Yep.

CALLER: Bye.

CLINIC: Bye.

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#286 – Planned Parenthood in St. Paul, MN

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
1965 FORD PKWY.
ST. PAUL, MN 55116-1996
651-698-2406

TAPE – 286

(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)

RECORDING: Thank you for calling Minnesota-South Dakota’s (unclear) Highland Clinic. If this is a life-threatening emergency, hang up now and dial 911. We answer our phones Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please listen to the following menu options. If you have a rotary phone, please hold and the first available staff member will take your call.

For resupply hours, press 1. To cancel an appointment, press 2. For directions to our clinic, press 3. For information on emergency contraception, press 4. For information on surgical abortions, press 5 (dial button pressed).

This clinic does surgical abortions using the vacuum aspiration method under local anesthesia. Patients must be at least six weeks from the (dial button pressed).

This clinic does surgical abortions using the vacuum aspiration method under local anesthesia. Patients must be at least six weeks from the start of their last normal menstrual period but no more than thirteen-and-a-half weeks. Medical assistance and many insurance plans pay for elective surgical abortions. If you want to use insurance to pay for your abortion, please call your insurance company to find out if they will cover an elective surgical abortion at our clinic.

To speak to a staff person, press 1 (dial button pressed).

Please hold.

(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)

CLINIC: Highland Park Planned Parenthood. This is Laura.

CALLER: Hi. I talked to Jo in Burnsville, and she told me to call you guys about having an abortion.

CLINIC: Okay. Did you listen to the recorded message?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. And how old are you?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: You’ll be 14 in March?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: Did she tell you about the Minnesota state law which is that you have to have the notarized signature of both of your parents?

CALLER: Yeah. But she said that there was a way to get around that.

CLINIC: A judicial bypass, yes. Where are you calling from?

CALLER: I’m in Highland Park.

CLINIC: So I think before I can schedule you an appointment for the procedure itself, if you want to come in here and talk to someone, they can get you started on the judicial bypass.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: So hold on and let me grab that appointment book.

CALLER: Okay.

(Short pause)

CLINIC: Thanks for holding. Can you come in Friday morning?

CALLER: Well, I have to call my boyfriend to see. He’d be the only way I could get there. Is it all right if he signs for me or anything? Because he’s 22.

CLINIC: No. It has to be your biological parents. That’s like the law.

CALLER: But they can’t find out at all.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, then you can go through the judicial bypass. Do you know how far along you are?

CALLER: Well, not really. My last period was like the second week in December.

CLINIC: Okay. So we should get you started on this as soon as possible.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: My only appointments for this week are on Friday at 9 and 10 in the morning. Do you want to take one of those?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: And if it turns out you can’t, please call and cancel.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: What’s your name?

CALLER: It’s Christine.

CLINIC: Christine with a “C”?

CALLER: A “Ch,” yeah.

CLINIC: And what’s your last name?

CALLER: Smith.

CLINIC: What’s a phone number we can reach you at? If you don’t want us to say Planned Parenthood, we can say clinic.

CALLER: Can I give you my boyfriend’s cell phone number?

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: I’d have to call him and see what it is, because he just got it, and I don’t know what it is yet. Is that okay to call you back with that?

CLINIC: Just if we need to cancel or something, we could say Polly. Would that be easier?

CALLER: No, not really. No one can find out.

CLINIC: Okay. Yeah. Why don’t you call back, Christine? And if you don’t get a hold of me, just say that you’re trying to schedule a pre-court appointment.

CALLER: How much does it cost?

CLINIC: That appointment is free; however, the procedure itself if you’re under 12 weeks is $420.

CALLER: Does it cost anything for a lawyer to go to court?

CLINIC: No. I think that you can do that. You’ll have to talk to them when you come in.

CALLER: Could I come in and get a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: Have you had one?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, we charge $12 for the pregnancy test.

CALLER: Okay. But you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody about that?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: When do you guys normally do pregnancy tests?

CLINIC: It’s a walk-in service. You can come in today before 4 if you want to.

CALLER: Well, my boyfriend would have to bring me. If it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys do birth control there?

CLINIC: Yes.

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

CLINIC: No, we’re completely confidential. After we hang up the phone we won’t discuss your appointment over the phone with anyone. No, we can’t tell anyone anything ever.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: It is kind of expensive to get birth control here. I might give you the name of some other clinics that have more affordable birth control because you have to have an annual exam to get birth control from our clinic.

CALLER: How much does that cost?

CLINIC: The annual exam is $90. And then every month you have to pay for birth control, and it just varies a lot on how much it cost because there’s more expensive ones and cheaper ones.

CALLER: I don’t have a job.

CLINIC: So I would try and give you the number of some other places.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Your other option, if you come in on Friday you could take a pregnancy test before your counseling appointment.

CALLER: Okay. Does it cost anything?

CLINIC: That would be $12 for the pregnancy test.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay? Any more questions?

CALLER: No. I’ll call back.

CLINIC: You need to call and leave a phone number. And also when you come in you need to bring a photo i.d. with a date of birth and address on it. And if you’re bringing anyone with you they also have to have a photo i.d., because we’re a secure facility. You can’t enter the building.

CALLER: Oh, okay. What if I don’t have an i.d.?

CLINIC: Do you have a school i.d.?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: Do you have your birth certificate?

CALLER: Yeah, I guess. Yeah.

CLINIC: Hold on just a second.

CALLER: Okay.

(Pause)

CLINIC: Christine, if you don’t have any photo i.d. — you don’t even have an i.d. card from your school?

CALLER: Well, I’m homeschooled.

CLINIC: Okay. You need to bring your birth certificate and a Social Security card.

CALLER: I don’t have a Social Security card either.

CLINIC: Okay. Does somebody in your family have yours?

CALLER: My mom might have one.

CLINIC: Well, then you would need to bring that.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay? So you need to call back with the phone number, because if I don’t get a phone number from you, we can’t hold the appointment, okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: But otherwise, right now it’s Friday at 9 a.m.

CALLER: So if my boyfriend brings me, what all does he have to bring?

CLINIC: He needs to bring the same thing. He just needs his photo i.d. And then you need some way to pay for the pregnancy test. Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All right. Bye bye.

CALLER: Bye.

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#245 – Planned Parenthood in Red Wing, MN

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
212 BUSH ST. #205
RED WING, MN 55066-2312
651-388-8715

TAPE – 245

(dialing sound) (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. This is Patty.

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

CLINIC: No. The only place that they’re done through us is in the cities.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: At the clinics there.

CALLER: Do you have the number for that, or?

CLINIC: Yeah. Hang on just a second. (pause)

CLINIC (NEW PERSON): Hey there.

CALLER: Hi.

CLINIC: Looking for a phone number?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay, this is for the Highland Clinic, and this is an 800 number for you.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: It’s 877-890-6225.

CALLER: Okay. Well, can I ask a question real quick?

CLINIC: Sure, go ahead.

CALLER: Well, my friend said that since like I’ll be 14 in March that you guys have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he sign whatever it is?

CLINIC: No. The only thing they can do is what’s called a judicial bypass.

CALLER: What is that?

CLINIC: You have to go to court and tell them the reason why you don’t want your parents to know.

CALLER: How much does that cost?

CLINIC: I don’t think there’s a fee for THAT. But you know what? When you call up and make an appointment up there, they’ll be able to tell you. Ask them about that up there.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know if the judge ever says no or anything?

CLINIC: I’m not really for sure. I think different counties are different.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Like some are more strict and some are not, so I think your best bet would probably be to a court up in the city someplace rather than here in Redwing.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: But I think they would know more about that up at Highland as far as, you know, a good place for you to go and that kind of stuff.

CALLER: Oh. Well, it’s just my friend told me to go to you guys, so.

CLINIC: That is a Planned Parenthood up there, the number that I gave you.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: But do you guys do like pregnancy tests there?

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Would you have to tell my parents or anybody at all about that?

CLINIC: No, not about that.

CALLER: Okay. Because like — but you wouldn’t — is it all right if like my boyfriend brings me because I wouldn’t have any other way to get there.

CLINIC: Yep, that’s fine.

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

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Oh, all right. Well, like say that I wasn’t pregnant, like the pregnancy tests came out negative — do you guys do birth control there?

CLINIC: Yes, we do, and you would just have to make an appointment for an exam and we can provide birth control for you.

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

CLINIC: No. It’s strictly confidential, only between us here at the clinic and you.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: So if you wanted to come in for a pregnancy test, we’re open until 7:00 today.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: You’re welcome. Bye bye.

CALLER: Bye.

(phone clicks)

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#246 – Planned Parenthood in St. Paul, MN

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
1700 RICE ST. L
ST. PAUL, MN 55113-6812
651-489-1328

TAPE – 246

(dialing sound) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. Rice Street.

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

CLINIC: No. At our Highland Park Clinic.

CALLER: Okay. Do you have the number for that?

CLINIC: Yep. Area code 651-698-2406. And they typically answer their phones between 9:00 and 4:00.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know if — like I’ll be 14 in March, but do you know if they would have to tell my parents or anything? Like could they just like talk to my boyfriend? He’s 22.

CLINIC: How old are you?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: You need both parents consent in order to get it.

CALLER: Both parents? Is there any way not to tell them because if they found out they would be, they would be really mad.

CLINIC: There is a judicial bypass that’s available. I’m not sure exactly how it works, but the Highland Clinic would be able to give you more information on that. Basically you go before a judge and plead your case and then he gives you a bypass so that you don’t have to –

CALLER: Does the judge ever say no?

CLINIC: Not that I’m aware of. I think usually we — there’s specific judges we work with that, you know, usually give them permission, so.

CALLER: Well, would it be all right to come in there and get like a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: Have you taken a positive test yet?

CALLER: Well, I took a home pregnancy test over the weekend, and it was positive. But I wasn’t sure if I did it right.

CLINIC: Well, if it came back positive then you probably did.

CALLER: Oh, all right.

CLINIC: As long as you’ve taken the positive test then that’s all that –

CALLER: I Just kind of wanted a second opinion.

CLINIC: Okay, if you want to then you can. It’s $13 through us.s

CALLER: Oh, okay, but you wouldn’t have to tell anybody if I was getting a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Okay. Well, if it — like it’s just my boyfriend doesn’t anybody to know at all, so. I can’t let anyone know.

CLINIC: Well, we have confidentiality clauses for if you come in for a pregnancy test we can’t release that information to anybody even if you were to call.

CALLER: Okay. Oh. Well, he was also wanting to know if we could get birth control, like so — but do you guys do that there?

CLINIC: Yeah.

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

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Okay. Well, is it okay like if he had any other questions that I didn’t think of to call you back and talk to you?

CLINIC: Yep.

CALLER: What was your name?

CLINIC: Oh, there’s only two of us up here and we can both answer questions, so it doesn’t really matter.

CALLER: Oh, well, I just like talking to you.

CLINIC: My name’s Angela, but I mean with only two of us up here –

CALLER: Yeah. Okay.

CLINIC: — it’s possible that I’ll be on the line with somebody else, but.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Yeah. Bye bye.

CALLER: Bye.

(phone clicks)

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#247 – Planned Parenthood in Minneapolis, MN

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
1200 LAGOON AVE.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55408-2077
612-823-6300

TAPE – 247

(dialing sound) (ringing 2X)

RECORDING: Hello, and thanks for calling the Minneapolis Planned Parenthood. If you need to reach the clinic, please press 1. (dial sound) Thank you for calling the Minneapolis Uptown Planned Parenthood Clinic. Please select from the following options, and you can make your selection at any time. Please note, if this is a medical emergency please hang up and dial 911. For birth control resupply hours, press 1. For pregnancy testing information and hours, press 2. For our location and appointment hour, press 3. To cancel an appointment, press 4. To make an appointment or speak with the front desk, press 5. (dial sound) (music)

CLINIC: Minneapolis Planned Parenthood. Can you please hold?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Thank you.

RECORDING: (music) High quality health 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, MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance. Some of our clinics even offer reduced fees for annual exams and contraception to patients who meet eligibility guidelines. Remember, at Planned Parenthood –

CLINIC: Can you please — how can I help you?

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

CLINIC: We do not do it at this location, but I can give you the phone number of a location that they do that at.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: 651-698-2406.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know — like I’ll be 14 in March. Do you know if they have to tell my parents or if my boyfriend can do it? Like he’s 22?

CLINIC: How old are you?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: You’ll be 14?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: To be honest, I don’t know. I think you’re going to need some kind of consent. Yeah. They can help you with that.

CALLER: Well, is there any way not to do that? Like I can’t tell my parents at all.

CLINIC: Yeah. You can — probably screening, they’ll tell you what tao do. I think there is some way to go around this, but you need to ask them. I don’t know exactly.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, do you know — like if I could come there for like a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: You can come in here for a pregnancy test. That will be all right.

CALLER: They wouldn’t have to tell anybody that I was there for that though?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Okay. If like the pregnancy test was negative, do they — do you guys have birth control there?

CLINIC: You can, yeah.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: But do you know you are pregnant?

CALLER: Well, my last period was like the 2nd week in December.

CLINIC: Okay. Yeah, why don’t you come in and get a pregnancy test? Tomorrow we’re going to be open from 12 until 6:30.

CALLER: Is it all right if my boyfriend brings me because he said he was going to take care of everything?

CLINIC: He can. He can. It will be $10 for the pregnancy test.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Once we know if you’re not pregnant, we can set up the appointment for to put you on birth control.

CALLER: Okay. And nobody has to know about my boyfriend or anything?

CLINIC: Nope. Nope.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: But you guys wouldn’t say that I was on –

CLINIC: We won’t tell anybody unless you want us to tell somebody, but if you don’t want us to tell anybody we won’t tell absolutely nobody. It’s confidential.

CALLER: Okay. Is it all right if I call you back? What was your name?

CLINIC: My name is Sessach (Sessot?). (Male Rep)

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay? Why don’t you just come and get a pregnancy test so you will know if you’re pregnant or you’re not?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay, bye.

CALLER: Bye.

(phone clicks)

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