Listen to the Call:
203 S MAIN ST
MANVILLE, NJ 8835-1867
TAPE – 064
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. Barbara speaking.
CALLER: Hi. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: No, we do not.
CALLER: No? Do you know who I would talk — like call or —
CLINIC: You would have to become a patient here and see the doctor. Then you’d have to make your decision based on all the options.
CLINIC: You do options counseling. And if that’s what you decide to do, then you’re given names of different places, and you get to choose which one.
CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know if they would have to tell my parents before can have an abortion?
CLINIC: No, never. No.
CLINIC: Never, no. There’s a law. No.
CALLER: Because there’s just no way they can find out.
CLINIC: That’s right. Only through you.
CALLER: Okay. They would be furious if they found out that me and my boyfriend were having sex. They think he’s too old for me. Is there any age requirement or anything to have an abortion?
CLINIC: What is it?
CALLER: Is there any age requirement to have an abortion?
CLINIC: Oh. No.
CLINIC: Uh-uh. It’s legal in this state.
CALLER: Okay. So I’m going to be 14 in March. Is that okay?
CLINIC: Yeah. You have a choice.
CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know — what if I wasn’t pregnant or anything?
CLINIC: What if you weren’t?
CLINIC: So then you should get on birth control.
CLINIC: You would still need to see a doctor here and get a full exam.
CLINIC: Okay? You can come in and take a pregnancy test anytime.
CLINIC: You can do that without an appointment.
CLINIC: But if you want to go further than that, then you have to see the doctor.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, is it all right if my boyfriend brings me?
CLINIC: That’s your choice.
CALLER: Does it cost anything for the —
CALLER: Does it cost anything for the exam or anything?
CLINIC: Yes, it does. But everything’s done on a sliding scale here. And if you’re a student, there’s a special rate. But, yes, there is a charge.
CALLER: What if like — my boyfriend’s the one that’s going to be paying for it, and he’s an honor student. Like, he’s already graduated.
CLINIC: Well, that — no, he’d be paying for you though.
CLINIC: Everything’s based on you.
CLINIC: And if you had a full exam or everything, it would probably be about $60. But if you just come in for the pregnancy test, about $8 or $10.
CALLER: Okay. Well, my other question is, my friend told me that you guys have to know all about my boyfriend before I can get anything done.
CLINIC: There’s nothing we have to know to about him.
CALLER: She said that you guys have to know that he’s like 22 and stuff.
CLINIC: That’s none of our concern.
CLINIC: No. This whole thing is based on you, and you alone– your history, your life, your decision.
CALLER: All right. So no one has to be told anything?
CLINIC: No. What he finds out is from you.
CLINIC: No, we won’t discuss it with him.
CALLER: You won’t tell anybody at all?
CALLER: Okay. Well, if like after the pregnancy test there, if I’m not pregnant, and I can have birth control?
CLINIC: Yeah, sure. We’ll discuss that with you. You’ll get counseling here from the nurses.
CALLER: Is it all right if I call you back after I talk to him?
CLINIC: Yes, you can.
CALLER: To see if he has any questions or anything.
CLINIC: If you can, come in tomorrow, and we’ll do a pregnancy test. And we’ll counsel you then too.
CALLER: Okay. Could I call you back today or anything?
CLINIC: Yes, you can.
CALLER: What was your name?
CLINIC: Well, I’m Barbara. And I’m going to be busy probably with the doctor. We have a clinic.
CALLER: Oh, all right.
CLINIC: So one of the nurses, somebody will pick up.
CALLER: Okay. Thanks.
CLINIC: All right. Bye bye.