Listen to the Call:
157 E. MAIN ST. # 1
NORWICH, NY 13815-1593
TAPE – 107
(Dialing, phone ringing)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood.
CALLER: Hi. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: No, we don’t.
CALLER: Do you know who I can call for that?
CLINIC: If you pick up the phone book or look in the Yellow Pages, it’s got the phone number list right there.
CALLER: Oh, okay,
CLINIC: The nearest is in Binghamton though.
CLINIC: The nearest place is Binghamton.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Is it all right if I ask a question?
CALLER: My main concern is my friend told me that you guys have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion. Is that true?
CLINIC: No. Not in New York State, no. You wouldn’t need parent consent.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, it’s just they can’t find out at all. My boyfriend is 22. We’re going to get married, but my parents hate him because they think he’s too old for me. I don’t know. They just can’t find out at all.
CLINIC: No. Everybody’s visit is confidential here.
CALLER: Do I have to be a certain age to get an abortion?
CLINIC: How old are you?
CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.
CLINIC: No, you don’t. But how are you going to pay for it? I know when you go to the office, you have to say how you’re going to pay for it.
CALLER: Oh. Well, my boyfriend said he would pay cash for it.
CLINIC: Oh, okay. Because if you come here — what we do is you could come in for a pregnancy test, and then we give you options counseling, or you can directly yourself. I know the doctor’s name is Dr. Cousins in Binghamton.
CALLER: How much is the —
CLINIC: I don’t know. I have no idea.
CALLER: Well, how much is the counseling?
CLINIC: You’re a student, so there’d be no charge. What we do is schedule you for a pregnancy test appointment.
CALLER: So even if he’s paying, and he’s not a student anymore, it’s all right.
CLINIC: Yeah, you’re not married.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Did you want to make an appointment here first?
CLINIC: Okay. Actually, I could pop you in tomorrow morning. Do you want to do it tomorrow morning at 10:30?
CLINIC: I need your last name.
CALLER: My last name is Smith.
CLINIC: First name?
CLINIC: And your date of birth?
CALLER: It’s March 19, 1988.
CLINIC: And phone number you can be reached at?
CALLER: Well, I’d have to call my boyfriend to see what his cell phone number is.
CLINIC: That’s okay.
CALLER: Is it all right if I call him, and then call you back?
CLINIC: That’s okay. I can put “no” because it’s tomorrow morning. Do you know where we are in Norwich?
CALLER: Well, I think he might.
CLINIC: Okay. It’s 157 East Main Street, right across from the fairgrounds in Norwich.
CLINIC: So 10:30. That’s tomorrow morning.
CALLER: What if he can’t get the day off in such a short notice? Is it all right to reschedule or anything?
CLINIC: Yeah. Why don’t you call us back and tell us you’re not going to come in the morning. Because we open at 8:30.
CALLER: Is it all right, if he had any questions, if I can talk to you later?
CLINIC: You mean tomorrow?
CLINIC: Okay. Yep. We’re open here until 5:30 tonight, yeah.
CALLER: Okay. So what was your name?
CLINIC: When you come for your appointment you could ask a lot of questions because you’ll be seeing a nurse. She could tell you anything.
CALLER: Okay. But the nurse wouldn’t have to tell anybody either?
CLINIC: No. Your visit is entirely confidential. Everybody that comes here is.
CLINIC: Uh-huh. Bye.