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#571 – Planned Parenthood in Monticello, NY

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
10 PRINCE ST
MONTICELLO, NY 12701-1930
845-794-3704

TAPE – 571

(dialing sounds) (ringing 4X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. Can I help you?

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

CLINIC: Not in this office.

CALLER: Oh. Well, do you know of anybody that does?

CLINIC: You’d have to come in for an exam, and then you’d get a referral.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Do you want to do that? Do you want to come in?

CALLER: Well, could I ask you a question real quick?

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: I’m just worried about all this because well I’m going to be 14 this month, and my friend said that you guys would have to tell my parents about all this. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just sign whatever it is and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about anything?

CLINIC: Your parents would not be informed about that.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: No, your girlfriend’s not correct on that.

CALLER: Okay. Well, could I –

CLINIC: The best thing I would suggest that you do is to come in for an exam and start from square one and just take it from there.

CALLER: Okay. I’m just –

CLINIC: You want to do that?

CALLER: I’m just worried because like I haven’t had my period since like December 26, and I don’t know what to do. Is it possible that I am not pregnant?

CLINIC: It could be possible. It could be anything really, but what you need to do is just to get tested first. So why don’t you do that, and –

CALLER: Could I come in there for that? I just didn’t know that the ones at the store were right.

CLINIC: Sure. No, you’re better off doing it that way. They are more accurate here.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, how much do those cost?

CLINIC: I have to find that out for you. Can you hang on one second? (pause) Hello? You know, we have a teen clinic today from 2:30 to 5:00. Where are you from?

CALLER: I live in Liberty.

CLINIC: In Liberty? That would be free for you actually to come in for an exam for the test.

CALLER: Well, do I need an appointment?

CLINIC: No. You can walk in today anywhere from 2:30 to 5:00 today and it would be free.

CALLER: Okay, and nobody would have to know?

CLINIC: And nobody would know anything that you don’t want them to know.

CALLER: Okay. Well, if it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control there?

CLINIC: Absolutely.

CALLER: Would I get it like today or –

CLINIC: That would be determined from the doctor what she does with that.

CALLER: It’s just, we don’t want to have to –

CLINIC: According to the date of your last period is, okay? That would be my suggestion because that’s the best bet for you if money is a problem. That’s your option that you can come in anywhere from 2:30 to 5:00 today and it’s free because of where you live.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And you’re under 19, so.

CALLER: Well, it’s just — okay. Me and my boyfriend were talking about all this, and he said that he was going to pay for everything like if I could get birth control or whatever, and — but he doesn’t want to have to sign anything because we don’t –

CLINIC: No. That, no. That wouldn’t be necessary, and if that were the case, if it was birth control after that, I think it’s around like $40.

CALLER: Okay. Well, I need to call him to see — do you know actually if I was on birth control — I just can’t drive yet. Would he be able to pick up the pills?

CLINIC: Oh, yeah. Sure, he would. You’d have to come in for the exam initially.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: But then he can come in and pick up the pills for you.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All right?

CALLER: Okay. Well, I just have a lot of questions, but –

CLINIC: That’s fine, and, then come in for that, just for that reason alone, even if you don’t want anything else done and you just want to talk to somebody.

CALLER: Well, could I talk to you? What was your name?

CLINIC: Dawn.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: All right. Hopefully I’ll see you later.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay, bye.

CALLER: Bye.

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#416 – Planned Parenthood in Monticello, NY

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
PO BOX 1012
MONTICELLO, NY 12701-1012
845-791-5308 (EDUCATION DEPT.)
845-794-5308 (CLINIC)

TAPE – 416

(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Good morning. Rise (sp) Office.

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

CLINIC: That would be the clinic. They don’t open until 12:30 on Monday. Would you like that number?

CALLER: Yes, please.

CLINIC: 794-3704.

CALLER: Okay, thank you.

CLINIC: Bye bye.

(phone clicks)

(dial sounds) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Rise Office.

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I just called. I was actually wondering if I could ask somebody some questions.

CLINIC: They’re clinical questions?

CALLER: Just — well, I don’t know. I’m just scared, and I don’t know what to do, and I just wanted to ask somebody some questions.

CLINIC: Okay, I’ll try. I’m not sure that I can help you. There is no medical personnel up here. We’re the education department.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, I’m just really scared because like I haven’t had my period since like December 21st, and I’m just scared that I’m pregnant and I don’t know what to do. And my friend told me that since like I”m going to be 14 in March she said that they would have to tell my parents. But I can’t tell my parents but my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just like sign whatever it is and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: You don’t have to tell your parents. You don’t need their permission.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: No. When you come in to make an appointment with the clinic or whatever, we have a booklet on the rights of minors in the state of New York. They have the right to make their own healthcare choices.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: So you do not have to tell them, and the medical personnel in the clinic is bound by confidentiality to not report it either. You could arrange with them on how to communicate whether by phone or by mail or whatever, so that it’s kept confidential. But they’ll discuss all that with you. There’s, on Thursday — I don’t know if you want to wait that long– but on Thursday afternoon the clinic has a walk-in for teens.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: But you could call them and say you might want to get in before that.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, it’s just me and my boyfriend were talking about all this, and we don’t want anyone to know about anything, like –

CLINIC: And they won’t. They don’t need to. Nobody from this end will tell anyone.

CALLER: Okay. So they wouldn’t have to ask questions about him or anything either?

CLINIC: About your boyfriend?

CALLER: Right.

CLINIC: I can’t answer that 100 percent. I imagine you need him making those decisions; if he wants to be involved he can.

CALLER: Yeah. I would just feel better if he was there with me.

CLINIC: Certainly. I don’t think there’s any questions he needs to ask, but he can certainly accompany you and sit with you in the waiting room. They don’t do that procedure here. But they will have you come in and do your health workup and whatever, and then they’ll give you the paperwork and you’ll have to go to one of our other clinics to have the procedure.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know, like say that maybe I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys do birth control there?

CLINIC: Yep.

CALLER: Yeah?

CLINIC: Yep. Yep.

CALLER: Would you guys have to tell anybody that I was on birth control though?

CLINIC: Nope. Nope. Nope. You have those rights to make all those decisions. Yep.

CALLER: Okay. Well, –

CLINIC: It’s in writing, so if anybody was to question you about that, the New York Civil Liberties Union publishes a booklet for minors and it explains all that stuff, that they do not have to get anyone’s permission.

CALLER: Okay. Well –

CLINIC: The only problem you might have is if you’re trying to use your health insurance.

CALLER: Well, no. My boyfriend said he would pay for everything.

CLINIC: Okay. So that might go back to the person who holds the policy which is probably your parents, and in that case it would be hard to keep it confidential. But if you’re going to pay by cash or money order or check or some other means — and they do sliding scale here. So if you’re a minor and you have no income or whatever, tell them all that stuff. And they’ll work with you.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: But, yeah, confidentiality part is not an issue. No one at this end is ever going to disclose it to anyone. They are bound by New York state law to not. So, just so you know, feel comfortable with that.

CALLER: Well, thanks.

CLINIC: All righty.

CALLER: I’m just really worried about everything.

CLINIC: Yeah, I’ll bet you are. Yeah. But don’t worry. They’ll take care of you, and, you know, they had people in your age bracket many times. So they’re used to it. They’re a nice bunch of girls down there. They’re all women.

CALLER: Oh, okay. You’ve been a lot of help. Thanks. What was your name?

CLINIC: Maggie. Yeah.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: I’m upstairs. We’re upstairs. We’re the Rape Crisis Center and the Health Education Department. The clinic is on the first floor. We’re at 14 Prince Street. I don’t know if you know where the old building was. We’re one building down. They moved one building over.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: But call them at 12:30. That’s when they open, and they’re open until 7:00 tonight I think.

CALLER: Okay. Thank you.

CLINIC: Okay. Good luck. Bye bye.

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