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PLANNED PARENTHOOD (LOCATED IN ST. LUKE’S HOSPITAL)
801 OSTRUM ST # 359
BETHLEHEM, PA 18015
TAPE – 141
(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)
RECORDING: Thank you for calling the Bethlehem Office of Planned Parenthood located in St. Luke’s Hospital, Third Floor, Suite 359. Our business hours are Monday 9 to 3:30, Tuesday 8:30 to 5:30, Wednesday 9 to 2, Thursday 1 to 4:30, and we’re closed on Fridays. If you would like our pill supply and pickup hours, bad weather message, or medical emergency message press 2. For our walk-in pregnancy test hours and emergency contraceptive hours, press 3. For our walk-in hours for exams and clinician visits, press 4. To set up an appointment or speak with a representative, press 5. (dial sound)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood.
CALLER: Hi. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: No, we don’t. Not at this center.
CALLER: Do you know of any place that does?
CLINIC: The Allentown Women’s Center.
CALLER: Okay. Do you have that phone number?
CLINIC: Sure. 264-5657.
CALLER: Okay. Well, my friend actually told me that you guys have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion. Is that true?
CLINIC: If you’re 17 or under it’s a Pennsylvania state law, so if you get a termination anywhere in Pennsylvania, yes, you need parental consent.
CALLER: Oh, well, like — okay. Because I’ll be 14 in March. But is there any way that my parents don’t have to know at all?
CLINIC: Oh, you’ll be 14 in March.
CLINIC: Okay. Not in Pennsylvania. If you would go to New York and New Jersey they don’t require parental consent.
CALLER: Oh. Well, it’s just, they can’t tell my parents at all because like — well, my boyfriend is 22, and we’re in love and we’re going to get married, but like my parents hate him because they think he’s too old for me, so. Like –
CLINIC: Well, he probably is, in all honesty. That’s a big age gap. But that’s not my –
CLINIC: Well, you’re only 13. You’re still very, very young. But that’s beside the point. That’s a whole other issue, you know, that you have to deal with and really think about. What you need to deal with right now is the pregnancy, and if you do go in Pennsylvania you have to have parental consent. So your only option would really be to go to New York or New Jersey.
CALLER: Oh. Well, could I get like a pregnancy test there?
CLINIC: Yes. You can come in, take a pregnancy test, and then we can give you a referral for out of state.
CALLER: Okay. Well, I’m just worried that I am pregnant because like my last period was like the first week in December, so –
CLINIC: Okay. Okay. Yeah. Then definitely come in to get a pregnancy test.
CALLER: And you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody about –
CLINIC: No, we don’t here. No. No, everything here is confidential because we don’t do the terminations.
CLINIC: But like I said, anywhere you go in Pennsylvania for a termination you do need parental consent. You would need to go out of state.
CALLER: Okay. Well, is it all right if my boyfriend brings me for the test?
CLINIC: Yes, the counselor will talk to you alone, but he can bring you because you obviously can’t drive. But yeah, that’s fine.
CALLER: It’s just he’s the only one that would be able to bring me, so.
CLINIC: Right, because he’s the only one that knows, sure.
CALLER: But you guys don’t have to tell anybody about him or anything?
CLINIC: No. No. Not here Everything’s completely confidential.
CALLER: Okay. If like I ended up not being pregnant, do you guys do birth control?
CLINIC: Yes, we do. Absolutely.
CALLER: Okay, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about that either?
CLINIC: Nope. No, we wouldn’t have to tell anybody.
CALLER: Okay. Is it all right like if I have any other questions to call you back?
CLINIC: Sure, no problem.
CALLER: What was your name?
CLINIC: My name is Marissa.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: All right. Take care.
CLINIC: You’re welcome. Bye bye.
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