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151 WASHINGTON ST FL 2
TAPE – 048
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CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. May I help you?
CALLER: Hi. I was wondering, do you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: No, we don’t.
CALLER: No? Do you know of any place —
CLINIC: We don’t give that information over the phone, baby.
CALLER: Oh, you don’t?
CLINIC: No. You have to become a client either our facility or some other facility, and they give you that information in person.
CALLER: How do I become a client?
CLINIC: You become a client by making an appointment for an exam.
CALLER: Okay. Can I ask you a question?
CALLER: Well, my friend told me that you guys have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion.
CLINIC: No, we don’t.
CALLER: Not at all?
CALLER: Okay. It’s just my parents can’t find out because my boyfriend’s 22. And they don’t like him because they think he’s too old for me.
CLINIC: He is too old for you. And because you’re saying your parents don’t like him, doesn’t matter. But it sounds like from the tone of your voice, he is too old for you. We can discuss that when you’re here, that’s if you decide to come here.
CALLER: Okay. How do you know he’s too old for me?
CLINIC: Because you sound very young, and you said your parents don’t like him because they think he’s too old for you. So I’m thinking you’re a teenager and he’s 22. Am I correct?
CALLER: Well, I’ll be 14 in March.
CLINIC: Baby, he’s way too old for you.
CALLER: But we’re in love. We’re going to get married.
CLINIC: He’s too old for you. If you’re 13 and he’s 22, you need to be asking yourself what does a 22-year-old man see in a 13-year-old. And he needs to be saying to himself, if I love this young woman, and she’s 13, and I know I can go to jail messing around with a 13-year-old, what’s wrong with me.
CALLER: Do you have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: No, we don’t have to tell anybody. We just talk to you about it. And yes, we definitely will talk to you about it.
CLINIC: Do you still want to make an appointment?
CALLER: Do you guys do birth control there?
CLINIC: Yes, we do.
CALLER: Would you guys have to tell anybody about that or anything?
CLINIC: No, we wouldn’t. No. So what you do here is between us and you.
CALLER: Okay. And no one would have to know?
CLINIC: No. No one would have to know. We do encourage you to talk to your parents, but we don’t go tell them the information.
CLINIC: Okay. When you come, you will need money. You’re looking at, at least, $26, at least.
CALLER: I would have to talk to my boyfriend. Can I call you back?
CLINIC: When you call back, you want the front desk to make an appointment. That’s extension 201, okay?
CALLER: Well, can I talk to you?
CLINIC: Sure. If you want to talk to me, you can.
CALLER: What was your name?
CLINIC: Ms. Jefferson.
CALLER: Ms. Jefferson?
CLINIC: All right.
CALLER: Thank you.
CLINIC: You’re welcome.
CLINIC: Bye bye.