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89 S. MAIN ST.
WEST LEBANON, NH 3784-1699
TAPE – 611
(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)
CLINIC: Good afternoon, Planned Parenthood. Heather speaking.
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: We do.
CALLER: Well, do you know how much it cost?
CLINIC: It’s 370.
CALLER: The thing is, I’m going to be 14 later on this month, and my friend told me that you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of it, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: It depends. Typically, if you’re 13 we have to — and it’s up to the practitioner when you come in. But sometimes they have to make a report to the state.
CLINIC: Because of your age.
CALLER: Well, what could happen?
CLINIC: Sometimes they do an investigation. It would really depend on what happens at the visit and what they determine at that time. It wouldn’t be due to the termination, just due to the fact that you’re having intercourse.
CALLER: What should I do? I don’t want to get in trouble.
CLINIC: Well, I can’t really make any guarantees that they would not make a report to the state due to the fact that you’re 13, because you’re considered a minor.
CALLER: Well, I’ll be 14 on the 9th.
CLINIC: But you’re 13 now?
CLINIC: I can’t make any guarantees. What we could do is have you come in for an options counseling and a pregnancy test visit if you wanted to. But I can’t really make any guarantees
CALLER: Okay. The main reason why I’m worried about all this is that I haven’t had my period since December 26th, and I’m scared.
CLINIC: Um-hmm. I can understand that.
CALLER: But you guys do pregnancy tests there?
CLINIC: Yeah, we do.
CALLER: Oh. Well, would you have to report it if I was getting a pregnancy test to see?
CLINIC: It would depend on the practitioner when she saw you. She would have to make that determination at that time.
CALLER: Well, do they have to know how old I am?
CLINIC: Yeah, we need your birthday.
CALLER: Oh. All right. Well, if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control though?
CALLER: But would you have to report it then?
CLINIC: It doesn’t really have to do with whether you’re pregnant or whether you’re getting birth control. I can’t make any guarantees of what the practitioner —
CALLER: So basically if I walk in the door you have to report it?
CLINIC: If you become a patient of ours we might have to. I can’t make any guarantees one way or the other.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Is there any other place I could go?
CLINIC: You could go to another doctor’s office, but I would suppose that they are mandatory reporters as well.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: But it’s something that you should get taken care of.
CALLER: Well, I don’t want to get in trouble.
CLINIC: Well, let me put you on hold for one moment, okay?
CLINIC: Sorry to put you hold. How can I help you?
CALLER: I was just talking to Heather.
CLINIC: Right, okay. I just wanted to make sure it was you. It didn’t sound like you.
CALLER: Oh, I’m sorry.
CLINIC: So pretty much whether you are pregnant or not, which it sounds like you are — you took a test?
CALLER: Well, no. I just haven’t had my period since December 26th.
CLINIC: Okay. Well, it’s important whether you go to the drug store and you take a test or whether you come in here to get a test, that whether you’re pregnant or not, you get your options talked about. And if you decide to parent, you would need to have prenatal care. And if you decided to terminate, if your period was back in December, it’s a time sensitive issue. So you need to be seen.
CALLER: Well, I just don’t want my boyfriend to get in trouble.
CLINIC: Like I said, I can’t make any guarantees. But at this point you really need to worry about your health first and foremost I think. I’m not going to promise that I can make a guarantee that they would not report to the state, but it’s really important that you get your health —
CALLER: Well, what if he didn’t come in with me?
CLINIC: I don’t know. I would suppose you could refuse to give a name. But I think first and foremost you need to think about you and your health.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Do you want to make an appointment?
CALLER: Well, I have to call and talk to him and think about all this.
CLINIC: I’ll let you know, we do have walk-in hours for just pregnancy tests on Monday from 1 to 4.
CALLER: But would anybody have to know about me having a pregnancy test?
CLINIC: I don’t believe we have to release that information.
CALLER: So you wouldn’t have to report that?
CLINIC: I’m not a hundred percent sure. I don’t think we have to report why you’re here, but we may have to report just the fact that you’re sexually active.
CALLER: Oh. Okay.
CLINIC: So why don’t you think about it. But really think about the fact that you should get it checked out.
CLINIC: All right. Whether you come here or whether you go somewhere else.
CALLER: All right. Thank you.
CLINIC: You’re welcome. Bye bye.