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#425 – Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, MO

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
3401 S. GRAND BLVD.
ST. LOUIS, MO 63118-1003
314-865-1850

TAPE – 425

(dialing sounds) (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood (unclear). How can I help you?

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

CLINIC: Not at this clinic. I can give you the number that does. The number is 531-7526.

CALLER: Okay. Where is that exactly?

CLINIC: It’s off of Forest Park and Bowles (sp), a Planned Parenthood, but we just don’t do it at this vicinity.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, do you know — like I’m just really worried because like — well I’m going to be 14 in March, and my friend said that they would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend is 22. Is he old enough to take care of that?

CLINIC: Yeah. He’s old enough.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: And they wouldn’t have to tell anybody or anything?

CLINIC: Uh-uh.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

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

CLINIC: Yes, you can. It’s on a walk-in basis and the cost is $10 unless you have Medicaid. If you have Medicaid it’s free.

CALLER: Okay. Well, I would really rather my boyfriend to be there with me. Would that be all right?

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: Okay. Well, if it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys have birth control there?

CLINIC: Yes, we do. You make an appointment to become a patient.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, how much does that cost?

CLINIC: It ranges — well, you’re 14, so you’d probably get put on federal funding.

CALLER: Oh. Well -

CLINIC: Because you’re in school and you don’t work.

CALLER: Well, would they have to tell anybody about me then?

CLINIC: No. We don’t tell anybody.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, so if I was on birth control you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Oh, all right.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, what was your name? Is it all right if I call back if I had any questions?

CLINIC: Sure. Sara.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: Thank you.

CLINIC: Bye bye.

CALLER: Bye.

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#348 – Central Westend Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, MO

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CENTRAL WESTEND PLANNED PARENTHOOD
4251 FOREST PARK AVE.
ST. LOUIS, MO 63108-2810
314-531-7525

TAPE – 348

(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)

RECORDING: Thank you for calling Planned Parenthood. If you know your party’s extension, please dial it now. (Spanish interpretation) For birth control, pap smears, infection checks, pregnancy testing and emergency contraception press 1. For surgical abortions or the abortion pill, emergency contraception, counseling and tubal ligations from our affiliate, Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region press 2. For directions to this facility from Missouri, press 3. For directions to this facility from Illinois, press 4. For information about the abortion pill, press 5. For adminIstration and education press 6. For other services or assistance, press zero. (dial sound) I’ll transfer you now. (music)

CLINIC: Good morning. Planned Parenthood.

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

CLINIC: Yes, we do. Hold on. I’ll transfer you.

RECORDING: Besides the wide variety of services that Planned Parenthood provides for women, we also offer specific services for men including (music). Thank you for calling Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis region.

Thank you for calling Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood. If you would like to make an appointment, our operators are available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. All lines are currently busy. However, your call is important to us. Please press 1 to leave a message. Or please hold on the line and we will try your call again.

Please hold for assistance. (music) At Planned Parenthood we offer a wide range of affordable medical services –

Thank you for calling Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood. If you would like to make an appointment, our operators are available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. All lines are currently busy. However, your call is important to us. Please press 1 to leave a message or please hold on the line and we will try your call again. Please hold for assistance. (music) Planned Parenthood of the St. Lewis

CLINIC: This is Eileen. May I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if I could ask some questions about getting an abortion?

CLINIC: Certainly. For yourself?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: Well, it’s just — I’m just really scared. I don’t know. But my friend told me that since like I’ll be 14 in March and she said that my parents would have to sign some stuff, but my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of that?

CLINIC: No. The law says parent or legal guardian.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: Yeah. In Missouri.

CALLER: Well –

CLINIC: What do you think would happen if you told your parents?

CALLER: I don’t know. They would — they don’t — if they found out I was having sex they would — I don’t know what would happen. They would be furious.

CLINIC: Really? And then they’d get over it, or –

CALLER: I don’t know. I don’t know what they would do.

CLINIC: You can go to Illinois. There’s a clinic in Granite City, and Illinois at this point doesn’t need parental consent.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Can your boyfriend — if he’s 22, then he can get you over there, right?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. You both want to do this?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: You’re both in agreement on this?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: All right. Let me give you their number. You got a pen ready?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: It’s an 800 number so it won’t cost you to call there.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Wait, I’m looking for it. Hold on. Where are my phone numbers?

CALLER: I’m just really scared because like — well I don’t know if I am pregnant really, but like I’ve missed my period like the last time I had my period was like December 14. I’m just really worried.

CLINIC: Well, you need to go to the drugstore and get yourself a pregnancy test. They’re about $10 or so.

CALLER: Are they accurate though?

CLINIC: Yeah, they’re very accurate.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: Is there a phone number list? I can’t seem to find it. Yeah, they’re very accurate. Oh, here it is. I got it. Never mind. Hope Clinic, 1-800-844-3130.

CALLER: Okay. Well, could I come in there for a pregnancy test? I would just rather have someone else do it.

CLINIC: Let me connect you to the health center. They have a free teen clinic.

CALLER: Oh. Well, I just was wanting to ask some —

CLINIC: Where do you live?

CALLER: I live in Eureka.

CLINIC: Eureka. South? Is that south or north?

CALLER: It’s south.

CLINIC: Yeah. Well, there’s a Planned Parenthood on South Grand.

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: And there’s one on –

CALLER: Well, my friend just told me to call you guys.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: She said that it would be better to go to you for some reason. I don’t know. But –

CLINIC: We’ll be glad to run a pregnancy test. That’s $10. If you just want to do that. December 13 makes you about — you sure you had a good period in December?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: That makes you now about 10, almost 11 weeks.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And so you’re still in your first trimester. But you know, pregnancy is divided into three parts.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: You’re still in the first part, but you’re getting closer to the second part of your pregnancy when the price gets more.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: So –

CALLER: It’s just my boyfriend doesn’t want anybody to know, so.

CLINIC: Okay. All right. Well, then let him go get you a pregnancy test at Walgreen’s. And you can run it yourself, and if it comes out positive you call Hope Clinic. And I’d get in there as soon as possible.

CALLER: Okay. Well, would they have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: If it was negative, could I come in and get like birth control?

CLINIC: Yeah. Then you call the health center, absolutely. Then you call the same number and you do extension 549.

CALLER: 549?

CLINIC: Yeah, but I don’t know what’s closer to you. If you’re in Ballwin?

CALLER: I just don’t want anybody to know.

CLINIC: Oh, so you’d rather come down here?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. Yeah. If it’s negative then you make an appointment for birth control. Ask them for the free teen clinic.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: See, you go get your own pregnancy test then it’s quicker and then you can get into Hope Clinic quicker.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: You have to be sure you’re pregnant. Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Well, do you know if anybody has to know about me and my boyfriend or anything?

CALLER: Not in Illinois.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Here your mother would have to know.

CALLER: She would have to know if I got like birth control there?

CLINIC: No. No. Nobody has to know about birth control. You don’t need parental consent to get birth control.

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

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: He’s just worried.

CLINIC: Yeah. No. He’s a little old for you though, isn’t he?

CALLER: Oh, I don’t know.

CLINIC: You’re 13?

CALLER: Yeah. But why do you say that?

CLINIC: He’s 22?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Yeah, well, that’s kind of a big difference when you’re 13. That’s what I was thinking.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: Does he know? I mean, are you going to use birth control after this now?

CALLER: Well, yeah. We don’t want to have to go through all this again.

CLINIC: Right. Right. Well, does your mom know him?

CALLER: Well, she doesn’t know we’re having sex. I mean, she knows him.

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: He used to work with my dad. But –

CLINIC: I see. Well, you’ve got to really take care of yourself, hon. You get yourself — really. Let me go to Walgreen’s and buy it for you or you — you know, or you can go buy it, and then run it, and then you get yourself to Hope Clinic, and then you go — I guess they’ll get you started on some pills or something, whatever you think you want, because you could take something right after the abortion.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you think if I was on — like if I got birth control that he could pick them up because I can’t drive. I don’t have any way to get there.

CLINIC: If it’s negative, you mean?

CALLER: Right.

CLINIC: He’d have to bring you over.

CALLER: Well, like could he pick up the like birth control pills or whatever?

CLINIC: No, because you’ve got to sign for them.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: He would have to bring you here to pick them up.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: But nobody would have to know anything?

CLINIC: Not with birth control. You don’t have to tell the parents for birth control.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: And your name was Eileen?

CLINIC: Eileen, uh-huh.

CALLER: All right, thanks.

CLINIC: Thank you. Bye.

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