Listen to the Call:
PO BOX 248
AMENIA, NY 12501
TAPE – 088
(Dialing, phone ringing)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood.
CALLER: Hi. Do you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: No we don’t, not at this site, but a couple of our clinics do.
CALLER: Do you know the phone number for them?
CLINIC: Can you hang on a minute?
CLINIC: Have you had a pregnancy test done?
CALLER: Well, I took one over the weekend that I got at the store. It said it was positive.
CLINIC: And it’s a positive test. And when did you have your last menstrual period?
CALLER: It was like the first week of December.
CLINIC: December. So nothing in January and nothing in February?
CLINIC: Let me explain what Planned Parenthood does. We do terminations at our Poughkeepsie office and our Beacon office. A positive pregnancy test and a GYN exam is required, and an ultra sound at the time of the appointment to determine how many weeks you are. If the pregnancy is under say 12 or 13 weeks, we can do it. It’s a simple office procedure. If it’s over that, it becomes a little bit more complicated.
Were you using anything for birth control or do you think you’re pregnant from after that period in December?
CALLER: Well, we don’t have any birth control.
CLINIC: No birth control. Okay. When you say the first week in December — I’m just looking because you’re looking kind of close to like the 11-week mark. If you had a period December 1st as opposed to December 8th, that makes kind of a big difference. Do you have it written down anywhere when you had it?
CLINIC: Okay. Why don’t we do this? Why don’t we bring you in for a pregnancy test —
CALLER: Is there like an age requirement for that or anything?
CLINIC: Pardon me?
CALLER: Is there an age requirement for that? Like I’ll be 14 in March.
CLINIC: Hold on a minute.
No there’s no age requirement. Why don’t I do this? Have you ever been to any of our Planned Parenthoods before?
CLINIC: Can you come to our office tomorrow for an examination?
CALLER: Well, I would have to see if my boyfriend can get off work.
CLINIC: This all takes time. And it’s going to require an exam, and then it’s going to require an appointment to where the terminations are done. And time is of the essence for you right now. So it’s pretty important that you try and get this taken care of as soon as possible. We would be able to see you tomorrow for an exam at —
CALLER: Well, do you guys have to tell my mom and dad or anything?
CALLER: It’s just they can’t find out. My boyfriend, he’s like 22. And we’re planning on getting married because we’re in love. But they don’t like him because they think he’s too old for me. There’s no way they can find out that we’re having sex.
CLINIC: Right. This is confidential.
CALLER: Okay. So nobody would have to find out?
CLINIC: Do you want to call me back to set up that time for tomorrow or do you want me to set up the appointment?
CALLER: Well, I’d have to talk to him and see, because he’s be the only I’d be able to get there.
CLINIC: Where do you live?
CALLER: I live in Millbrook.
CLINIC: Okay. So I’m here until 4:00 today if you want to give me a call back.
CALLER: If it turns out that I’m not pregnant or anything, is there any way I can get birth control?
CLINIC: Oh, sure. We provide those services too. But didn’t you say you did a pregnancy test and it was positive?
CALLER: Yeah, but I don’t know if I did it right.
CLINIC: Okay. You don’t usually get a false positive. And if you haven’t had a period since the beginning of December, and you’re not using birth control and you’re having sex, that’s a pretty good chance you’re pregnant. That makes sense, right?
CLINIC: So we’ll try and see you tomorrow. But you have to give me a call back as soon as you can.
CALLER: What was your name?
CALLER: All right. And you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody at all?
CLINIC: Right. And I’m only here until 4:00 just to let you know. Okay?
CALLER: All right. Thanks.
CLINIC: Bye bye.