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GREATER CLEVELAND PLANNED PARENTHOOD
20800 CENTER RIDGE RD.
CLEVELAND, OH 44116-4306
TAPE – 382
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CLINIC: Thanks for calling. How can I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: No, we don’t. You have to call Bedford or Pre-Term.
CALLER: Okay. Do you have that number?
CLINIC: Budford’s number is 440-232-9732. But their office is probably closed today.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, could I ask you a quick question then?
CALLER: Well, I’m just worried because my friend told me that since I’ll be 14 in March that they would have to tell my parents I’m getting an abortion. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just take care of it, and they wouldn’t have to say anything?
CLINIC: Nope. Actually, you need parental consent, not even that they’re telling your parents but that your parents are consenting to it.
CALLER: Oh. Well, is there any way not to do that? Because if they found out I don’t know what they would do.
CLINIC: You can try to go — if you call Budford they’ll probably be able to tell you more about it. But you go in front of a judge and try to make your case that you’re responsible enough to make this decision on your own. The only problem with that is it usually takes a while. Do you know how far along you are?
CALLER: No. It’s just I’m really scared. The main reason why I’m scared about all this is because my last period was December 14th. So I don’t know.
CLINIC: December 14th. So you were probably — you’re at the end of your first trimester, between 10 and 11 weeks based on — that’s just a rough guess based on your last period. Bedford only does them up to 13 weeks. Pre-Term is the other clinic, and they’ll do the second trimester abortion. But I don’t know if you can go before the judge and do a second trimester. I don’t know. Because we don’t do them here so I don’t really know a whole lot about them.
CALLER: Well, could I come in there for a pregnancy test just to make sure?
CLINIC: Yeah, they’re $10.
CALLER: I would really like it if my boyfriend was there with me. Would that be all right?
CLINIC: That’s fine.
CALLER: He’s just worried that you guys would ask about him. Would I have to tell anybody about him or anything?
CLINIC: Do your parents — I mean, It doesn’t matter to us.
CALLER: Oh, okay. What do you mean?
CLINIC: That he’s 22?
CLINIC: The clinician might lecture you, but I’m not going to say anything.
CALLER: Say that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control there?
CLINIC: Yeah, but you’d have to make an appointment for that.
CALLER: If I was on birth control, would you guys have to tell anybody that I was?
CALLER: So my parents wouldn’t have to know anything at all?
CLINIC: Nope, not about birth control.
CALLER: Well, if I had any other questions — I need to talk to my boyfriend and see, but could I call and talk to you? What was your name?
CLINIC: My name is Meagan. I’m the only one here today. In fact, we’re technically closed today, but I’ll be here until probably about 11:30 if you want to come and get that pregnancy test.
CALLER: How long does it take?
CLINIC: Just a couple minutes. It’s just a urine test.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: And what it test for is a hormone that only pregnant women produce. So it’s pretty hard to get a false positive.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CALLER: Thank you.
CLINIC: Uh-huh. Bye.