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334 E MILLTOWN RD
WOOSTER, OH 44691-1248
TAPE – 242
(dialing sound) (ringing 2X)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. This is Trish. Can I help you?
CALLER: Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: We do not.
CALLER: Do you know of any place that would?
CLINIC: Akron, Cleveland or Columbus are the areas closest to us, and they are listed in the — have you had a test done somewhere?
CLINIC: Okay. If you’ve not had a pregnancy test done at the center then it’s best to schedule a pregnancy test here and then we can give you the referral information if you need it.
CLINIC: Okay? Do you want to go ahead and set that up?
CALLER: Well, I’d have to call my boyfriend to see but is there like an age requirement for that? Like I’ll be 14 in March.
CLINIC: Is there a what?
CALLER: An age requirement to have a pregnancy test?
CLINIC: No. Uh-uh. No. Um-um. Not at all. You can call any time and get a pregnancy test scheduled.
CALLER: So it’s all right if I’m going to be 14 in March?
CLINIC: It doesn’t make any difference.
CALLER: And you guys wouldn’t have to tell my parents or anything?
CLINIC: No. Uh-uh. Not at all.
CALLER: Okay. Well, it’s just my friend told me that you guys would ask about like my boyfriend and have to tell my parents and they just can’t find out because they hate my boyfriend. They think he’s too old. But he’s only 22, so I don’t understand.
CLINIC: Yeah. I mean, it depends upon — you know, there are some guidelines for Children’s Services that have to be followed, and that goes everywhere.
CALLER: What do you mean?
CLINIC: I mean, if there’s a difference of four years then it is probably going to be reported to Children’s Services, yeah.
CALLER: Like what could happen?
CLINIC: What could happen? I have no idea. I mean, once — you know anybody that we see is in a dangerous situation or anything like that, we’re required to report to Children’s Services. So I mean, and then what happens after that is, you know, not our doing. So I don’t know. I mean, my guess it’s investigated or whatever.
CALLER: But we’re in love. We’re going to get married. There’s no danger.
CLINIC: Well, I mean, there’s just some guidelines that have to be followed according to the state, and you know we’re obliged to do that as is any physician.
CALLER: Well, what could I do?
CLINIC: What can you do?
CLINIC: Well, you can do a home test. Did you do that?
CALLER: Well, I did one of those over the weekend, but I wasn’t sure if I did it right.
CLINIC: What did it say?
CALLER: It was positive.
CLINIC: Okay, and is that a possibility?
CALLER: Well, I guess.
CLINIC: Well, have you been having sex without using anything?
CLINIC: Oh, well, then. Well, if that’s the case then you know, you’re not going to get — you’re not going to get an abortion done without your parental notification. So.
CALLER: But they can’t find out at all. What am I supposed to do?
CLINIC: Well, I mean, that’s something you’re going to have to figure out. But I mean, you know, there is a way to go through the court system to get it done without, but I doubt at your age that that’s going to happen.
CALLER: You don’t think that they would say that it was all right?
CLINIC: So, you know, you need to probably I would say, you know, look in the phone book and call one of the abortion centers in Akron and, you know, tell them you had a home test and what your situation is and see what they suggest. But I doubt you’re going to be able to do that without parental notification.
CALLER: Oh. Well, say that I wasn’t pregnant. Do you guys have birth control there?
CALLER: Would you have to tell anybody about that?
CLINIC: We never — anybody can come and get birth control.
CALLER: Okay. Would it be all right if my boyfriend brings me, because there wouldn’t be any other way to get there?
CLINIC: No, it doesn’t make any difference. Yeah.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: It doesn’t make any difference. You know, so — you know, I’m not sure what your next step is to be, but, you know, you definitely, I would run another home pregnancy test and see if it’s positive. Then if it is, you know, start making some phone calls.
CALLER: But if I was on birth control and you wouldn’t have to like report my boyfriend or anything?
CLINIC: You don’t have to tell us that.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: You know what I’m saying?
CALLER: All right.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: All righty. Good luck.
CLINIC: Bye bye.
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