Listen to the Call:
180 SUNRISE HWY
WEST ISLIP, NY 11795-2012
TAPE – 081
(Dialing, phone ringing)
CLINIC: Good morning, Planned Parenthood, West Islip. Lisa speaking. How can I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Do you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: Not in this particular center, but in our Smithtown center.
CALLER: Okay. Do you have the number for that?
CLINIC: I do. But I can tell you now, before they allow you to make an appointment, they do want you to have a pregnancy test and counseling visit. And that you can have done at any one of our centers, the one closest to you.
CALLER: Is it cool if I go there?
CALLER: Is it cool if I go where you’re at?
CLINIC: Sure. Well, what town are you in?
CALLER: Well, I don’t know when I could come in. But I would have to talk to my boyfriend, and he’s going to drive me.
CLINIC: Okay. But what town do you live in?
CALLER: Oh. I live in Huntington.
CLINIC: Huntington is closed today. They’re having their calls forwarded here. But I do have their schedule for the next two days. Speak to your boyfriend. If you’d like to make an appointment, just call me back and I can make that appointment.
CALLER: Is it all right if I — I don’t want anyone to see me in Huntington. Is it okay if I go there where you’re at?
CLINIC: You mean today?
CALLER: Well, I guess. I’d have to talk to my boyfriend.
CLINIC: The only thing I have today here in West Islip, I have a 5:30 or an 8:00.
CLINIC: So if you want to do that, then just give me a call back.
CALLER: Okay. They wouldn’t have to tell my parents or anything?
CLINIC: No. You do not need parental consent.
CALLER: If my parents found out, they would flip. My boyfriend’s 22. We’re going to get married, but if they found out that we were having sex, they would flip.
CLINIC: We don’t need parental consent.
CALLER: They think he’s too old for me, but I don’t know.
CLINIC: Hold on one sec, hon.
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CLINIC: I’m so sorry. You do not need parental consent. They’ll review all that with you when you come in though.
CALLER: Do you know if there’s an age requirement?
CLINIC: No, there’s not.
CALLER: Not at all? Because I’ll be 14 in March. And that’s still like all right?
CALLER: Say I wasn’t pregnant after they did the pregnancy test, would you guys be able to do birth control?
CALLER: And nobody would have to know about that?
CLINIC: No. For any planning services, that’s the New York State law. You do not need parental consent.
CALLER: So nobody would find out at all?
CLINIC: Absolutely not.
CALLER: Okay. Is it cool if I call you back?
CLINIC: Sure. Call me back and let me know what you’d like to do.
CALLER: What was your name?
CLINIC: My name is Lisa.
CALLER: Okay, cool. Thanks
CLINIC: Okay. Bye.