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#142 – Planned Parenthood in Quakertown, PA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
1532 PARK AVE # 108
QUAKERTOWN, PA 18951-1048
215-536-2684

TAPE – 142

(dialing sound) (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. Can I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.

CLINIC: No, we do not.

CALLER: Do you know of any place that does?

CLINIC: Where are you from?

CALLER: I’m in Coopersberg (sp).

CLINIC: Okay. I can give you a phone number in Allentown.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: It’s 877-342-5292.

CALLER: Do you know — like my friend told me that you guys have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion. Is that true?

CLINIC: The state law is if you’re under 18 you need parental consent.

CALLER: Oh. Is there any way around that? Like –

CLINIC: You can go –

CALLER: Because my parents can’t find out at all.

CLINIC: Well, you can go before a judge and have judicial consent. That’s the only way.

CALLER: Okay. Do I have to get a lawyer for that?

CLINIC: I honestly wouldn’t know. You would have to contact the abortion provider, and they can give you more information.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, like — the only thing is, the reason why my parents can’t find out is because like my boyfriend’s 22, and we’re going to get married, but like my parents hate him because they think he’s too old for me. So that’s why they can’t find out.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, state law is state law, and there’s really no way around it other than, you know, judicial bypass.

CALLER: Well, I’m going to be 14. Is there anything — like what can I do?

CLINIC: You would just have to call the abortion provider. That’s all you can really do.

CALLER: Oh. Would they tell anybody?

CLINIC: No. Everything’s confidential.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, if like I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys do birth control there?

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: And would you have to tell my parents about that?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: So, all right. So like, is it all right if he brings me?

CLINIC: Well –

CALLER: Because I wouldn’t have any other way to get there.

CLINIC: Well, first of all, you would have to establish whether or not you’re pregnant or not, and have you missed a period?

CALLER: Well, my last period was like the first week in December.

CLINIC: Okay. I would definitely give that phone number I gave you a call.

CALLER: Okay. Do you guys not do pregnancy tests there?

CLINIC: Yes, we do, but however if you’re leaning more towards — if you happen to be pregnant, then you would want to probably stick with the same provider.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, my friend just told me to go to you guys, so that’s why. But.

CLINIC: If you want to do the test here, that’s fine. We’re just going to refer you to somebody else if you are or are not pregnant. I mean, if you are pregnant.

CALLER: Oh. But you guys could tell me if I was pregnant?

CLINIC: Yes.

CALLER: Okay. And is it all right — like you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, if I had more questions could I call you back and ask you?

CLINIC: Yeah, that’s fine.

CALLER: Okay. What was your name?

CLINIC: My name is Jamie.

CALLER: Okay. All right.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Bye bye.

CALLER: Bye.

(phone clicks)

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#132 – Planned Parenthood in Stroudsburg, PA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
28 N. 7TH ST
STROUDSBURG, PA 18360-2110
570-424-8306

TAPE – 132

(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)

RECORDING: Thank you for calling the Strasburg office of Planned Parenthood. For a listing of our walk-in supply hours, please press 1. For a walk-in pregnancy test and emergency contraception hours, please press 2. If you would like directions to our center, please press 3. For a listing of other locations and phone numbers, please press 4. If you would like to speak to a staff person during our center hours, please press 5 (dial button pressed).

(Phone ringing 2x)

CLINIC: Hello, Planned Parenthood.

CALLER: Hi. I was wondering — do you guys do abortions there?

CLINIC: No, we don’t, but we can provide information about where to go.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All right. You’re interested in that?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. Can you hold on a second?

CALLER: Yeah.

(Pause)

CLINIC: Hi. Can I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Who are you?

CLINIC: I’m a counselor.

CALLER: I was just wanting to know about abortions and everything.

CLINIC: Okay. What about it?

CALLER: Do you have to be a specific age for that?

CLINIC: In Pennsylvania there is a parental consent under the age of 18.

CALLER: Well, I’ll be 14 in March. But is there any way you don’t have to tell my parents? Because I can’t tell them at all.

CLINIC: Okay. Well —

CALLER: The problem is my boyfriend’s 22. And we’re going to get married, but my parents hate him because they think he’s too old for me.

CLINIC: Well, the thing is, I would still talk to your parents. We do encourage parental involvement, okay?

CALLER: But there’s not any way they can find out. I would get in big trouble.

CLINIC: Well, the only other thing you can do is through the court. If you get a court release on that, then you can go without parental notification.

CALLER: I don’t understand. What do you mean?

CLINIC: Well, you would have to go through the court system. I’m trying to think how you would go about that. Probably —

(Talking to someone else) Do you know how they go through that, through that court system?

You can probably call — I think it’s probably through legal aid or something. Probably through them you can find out. Either that or there’s —

CALLER: So I have to get a lawyer?

CLINIC: You could go to New Jersey or you could go to another state that doesn’t require — but Pennsylvania does require parental consent.

CALLER: Is it all right if my boyfriend takes me?

CLINIC: No. It has to be a parent. It has to be one parent that has to give their consent.

CALLER: If I went to a different state would my boyfriend be able to take me?

CLINIC: Well, I guess he’d be able to take you. It would be a problem if you went someplace else.

First of all, did you have a pregnancy test taken yet?

CALLER: I took a home pregnancy test over the weekend.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, they won’t accept that, okay? So you have to have a doctor’s pregnancy test first.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: So what you can do is you can come in here. We can do a pregnancy test; then we can give you all the information.

CALLER: Do you guys have to tell anybody about that?

CLINIC: No, we don’t tell anybody. Everything’s confidential here.

CALLER: Would you guys have to tell anybody about my boyfriend or anything?

CLINIC: No, no, no, no. We don’t do anything. We don’t get involved in people’s business, okay? What we would do is do your pregnancy test, like I said. And we go over all the options with you. And whatever option you choose, we’d refer you for that option. And if you decided to terminate, then sure we could give you all the information.

CALLER: If it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys do birth control there?

CLINIC: Sure. We do birth control. But we would set you up for an appointment. Because there’s a chance that you still could be pregnant, like you had unprotected in the last couple weeks, because our tests wouldn’t show two weeks and back. It goes from two weeks and back. So if you had unprotected intercourse in the last two weeks, then what you have to do is come back in two weeks. Again, if the test today was negative, you’d come back in two weeks and then we’d do another test. But we could set you up — if you came in for a pregnancy test that was negative, we can set you up for an exam appointment also. So if the test is negative again, then we can have you examined and all for birth control.

CALLER: Well, you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody about that either?

CLINIC: No, we don’t. Everything’s confidential.

CALLER: The main reason I’m scared is like the last period I had was the first week in December.

CLINIC: And there’s a chance — did you not use condoms at any time?

CALLER: Well, no.

CLINIC: Okay. So there is a chance. So I think what you should do is just come on in, and let’s do the pregnancy test. And let’s start out there and see how things are, okay? Now if you wanted to come in for one today, we do them from —

CALLER: I’d have to call my boyfriend to see. Is it all right if I call you back?

CLINIC: Well, it’s not by appointment; you just walk in. I’ll just give you the times, okay? It’s today from 1 to 4:30 and tomorrow from 9 to 1. Okay?

CALLER: Is it all right if I call you back if I had any more questions?

CLINIC: Oh, sure. No problem, hon.

CALLER: What was your name?

CLINIC: My name is Carol.

CALLER: Carol? All right. Okay. Thanks.

CLINIC: Okay. Bye bye.

CALLER: Bye.

***END***

#143 – Planned Parenthood in Sewickley, PA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
419 WALNUT ST
SEWICKLEY, PA 15143-1535
412-741-7626

TAPE – 143

(dialing sound) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. How can I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.

CLINIC: We don’t do them here at this office, but we do them at our downtown facility called Women’s Health Services.

CALLER: Okay. Do you have the number for that?

CLINIC: Yeah. Are you ready?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. It’s 412-562-1900.

CALLER: Okay. Do you know — like do you know if they have to tell anybody like about me having an abortion?

CLINIC: Do they have to tell anyone?

CALLER: Yeah. Like my friend said you guys have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion.

CLINIC: How old are you?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: I don’t think so. I mean, a lot of women under 18 get terminations done. They — if you ask them there they’ll be able to tell you how to go about doing that. I’m not exactly sure.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: But I’m pretty sure — I mean, I’m pretty sure, I’m positive you could get one without your parents knowing.

CALLER: Okay. Well, it’s just like they can’t find out at all because like my boyfriend’s 22, and we’re in love and we’re going to get married, but they hate him because they think he’s too old for me.

CLINIC: Oh.

CALLER: So that’s why they can’t find out.

CLINIC: Right. Right. I’m pretty sure that that doesn’t have to happen. They know how. I have no idea how they, you know, how to go about doing that.

CALLER: Okay. Well, like do you guys do birth control there?

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: And you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about that either?

CLINIC: Nope. Nope. Wouldn’t have to tell anybody about that either. Can you hold on just a second?

CALLER: Sure.

CLINIC: Thank you. Yeah. You know, after you have that done you can come back here and, you know, you can get birth control through us, and it’s truly confidential.

CALLER: Okay. Because I’m just so scared of – I’m just — I don’t know what to do.

CLINIC: Right.

CALLER: Like is it okay if my boyfriend brings me if I was getting birth control?

CLINIC: If, if he what? I’m sorry.

CALLER: Like is it all right if he brings me because I wouldn’t have any other way to get there.

CLINIC: Oh, yeah. Yeah.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Oh, that’s fine.

CALLER: Would it be all right if like say he came and picked it up?

CLINIC: If he picked up your birth control?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Yeah, if you do — if you get it here, yeah. He could pick it up. All he would need is a note from you saying it was okay.

CALLER: Oh, okay, and you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody at all?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Okay. If I had any more questions could I talk to you?

CLINIC: Well, sure. I’m the only one here today. And I’ll be here tomorrow.

CALLER: Okay. What was your name?

CLINIC: Lisa.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay, well, give them a call and see what they tell you about the whole thing.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: Thank you.

CLINIC: You’re welcome.

CALLER: Bye.

CLINIC: Bye bye.

(phone clicks)

*** THE END ***

#133 – Planned Parenthood in Wilkes Barre, PA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
63 N. FRANKLIN ST.
WILKES BARRE, PA 18701-1316
570-824-8921

TAPE – 133

(Dialing, phone did not ring)

RECORDING: Hello. This is the Wilkes-Barre office of Planned Parenthood. Please listen carefully to our menu options. Our office and pill supply hours are Monday, 10 to 4:30; Tuesday, 12 to 6:30; Wednesday, 4 to 7; Thursday, 9 to 4; and Friday, 9:30 to 2:30. On Tuesday, February 12th our office and pill supply hours will not start until 2 p.m. If you would like to hear our walk-in Depo-Provera hours, press 2. If you would like information on emergency contraceptives and hours, press 3. If you would like our mailing address along with the directions to our center, press 4. If you have a question or would like an appointment, and it is during our office hours, press 5 (dial button pressed).

(Phone ringing 3x)

CLINIC: Hello, Planned Parenthood.

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering, do you guys do abortions there?

CLINIC: No, we don’t. The closest place we refer to is the Allentown Women’s Center.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Do you want that number?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Hold on.

(Pause)

CLINIC: Okay. It’s 1-800-372-8500.

CALLER: 8500?

CLINIC: Right.

CALLER: My friend told me that you guys have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion. Is that true?

CLINIC: How old are you?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: Well, yeah. In Pennsylvania there is a parental consent law. You do need to have a parent or a guardian sign for you.

CALLER: Okay. Well, is there any way not to do that? The problem is I can’t tell my parents at all. My boyfriend’s, he’s 22, but my parents —

CLINIC: Wow (chuckle). My goodness. He could be in a heck of a lot of trouble.

CALLER: Like what?

CLINIC: Pardon?

CALLER: Like what?

CLINIC: Because you’re 14 and he’s that age. I mean, that’s —

CALLER: Well, what do I do?

CLINIC: Well, you can go to New York. But you have to rethink having a boyfriend at that age because he could really —

CALLER: But we’re in love. We’re going to get married.

CLINIC: Well, that’s what you think. But think of it long-term. You’re only 14. You have your whole live ahead of you. You don’t certainly need to think about getting married right now. There’s too many opportunities for women nowadays. You certainly don’t want to be married at that young of an age to miss out on all the fun that you’re going to have (laughing). If you get married, there’s no more fun left.

CALLER: Well, what should I do?

CLINIC: But right now that’s not the thing to think about now. If you’re pregnant, you need to terminate the procedure if that’s what you want to do. You can go to New York. I can give you a New York number. It’s Amy Cousins. And you call there and make an appointment. Do you have someone to take you down?

CALLER: Yeah, he would take me. He said he was going to take care of everything.

CLINIC: All right. Well, he should because he really shouldn’t be having sex with you at all, period.

CALLER: But we’re in love.

CLINIC: Pardon?

CALLER: But we’re in —

CLINIC: I really don’t think that that’s love. Hold on just a minute.

(Pause)

CLINIC: Okay. I’m going to give you Amy Cousins’ number. And you can call there. And just tell them the situation, and they’ll make arrangements for you, okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Hold on just a minute. How many weeks pregnant are you? When was your last period?

CALLER: It was the first weekend in December.

CLINIC: Okay. Do you have a pencil there?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: 1-800-676-9011.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay. And good luck to you.

CALLER: I wish I could talk to my mom like I can talk to you.

CLINIC: Okay. It’s easier to talk to a stranger, I know. Are you sure you can’t talk to your mom at all?

CALLER: Not at all. They don’t understand. They just don’t understand —

CLINIC: Well, if I was a mom I think I’d be upset too. Because you’re young. You probably don’t know the circumstances, but this boy who’s so much older than you does. And he’s taking advantage of you whether you want to know it or not. He’s just thrilled. He’s —

CALLER: Well, he’s not.

CLINIC: He’s probably bragging to his friends, “I’m going with someone who is 14.” Oh, believe me. He probably is.

CALLER: But he’s a sweetheart.

CLINIC: Well, I’m not saying that. I’m sure he’s very nice. But if he was that nice, he would be a little more mature and find someone closer to his own age. If your parents find out, they could have him thrown right in jail because that’s against the law. So keep that in mind. I don’t want to preach at you. I just want to make sure you have a nice, long life and have all the opportunities available for you because there are.

CALLER: If I came in there for a pregnancy test, do you guys have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: Oh, no. Everything is confidential. Oh, so you haven’t — what did you do, an at-home test or you had another test done?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: And it came up positive?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: Well, if you want to, you can make an appointment for the test, and then we can give you all the information, all the referrals and everything. That way you will know more about it then, okay?

CALLER: I have to talk to my boyfriend and see when he can get off work. Is it okay if I call you back and make the appointment?

CLINIC: Sure. You sure can. Do you want the number to Amy Cousins anyway? Just to have it on hand in case something doesn’t work out?

CALLER: Yeah. Wasn’t it the 676 number?

CLINIC: Let me see. Now, wait more second. Oh, yeah, 676-9011. You took that down?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. All right.

CALLER: Well —

CLINIC: Go ahead.

CALLER: Sorry. Do you guys do birth control there?

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: And you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about that?

CLINIC: Everything is completely confidential.

CALLER: Would it be all right if my boyfriend came with me?

CLINIC: Yes, it certainly would be all right. We don’t judge anybody, but I’m just telling you (laughing), confidential here, just try and rethink your situation. And if you want birth control, you can make an appointment. But first of all you need to confirm that pregnancy. Because sometimes the at-home tests can be wrong. So you need to confirm that. So talk to your boyfriend, then call us back and make an appointment.

CALLER: Is it all right if I call you back?

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: What was your name?

CLINIC: My name is Joan.

CALLER: Joan?

CLINIC: Yeah.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay. Bye bye.

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: You’re welcome.

CALLER: Bye.

***END***

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#144 – Planned Parenthood in Bridgeville, PA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
533 WASHINGTON AVE # 203
BRIDGEVILLE, PA 15017-2072
412-257-9880

TAPE – 144

(dialing sound) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. Nancy speaking.

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.

CLINIC: We don’t, but we refer you to a Planned Parenthood site in Pittsburgh that does them. Do you want the number for that?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay, hold on. (pause) Okay, you still there?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay, the number is area code 412-562-1900.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, is it all right if I ask — well, my friend told me that you guys have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion.

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Is that true?

CLINIC: No. You don’t have to tell your parents, honey.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: They’ll explain all that to you when you call. Tell them that you can’t tell your parents, and they’ll tell you exactly what to do. They’ll walk you through it.

CALLER: Well, it’s just, I can’t tell anyone because –

CLINIC: Well, that’s okay. That’s okay. They’ll explain all that to you. Yeah.

CALLER: Okay. Do you know if there’s like an age requirement for having an abortion?

CLINIC: No, I don’t think so.

CALLER: Like, because I’ll be 14 in March, and that’s still all right?

CLINIC: That I don’t know. You’d have to ask them. But I would imagine it’s okay.

CALLER: Okay. Well, and you’re sure that they wouldn’t tell my boyfriend or my parents?

CLINIC: No, I know they won’t tell anybody. Yeah. I know they won’t tell anybody. Seriously. They can’t. Okay? So just give them a call and ask them all those questions.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: If you feel more comfortable ask them all the questions before you give them your name

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: So they won’t know who you are.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you guys do — like if it turned out that I wasn’t really pregnant, do you guys do birth control there?

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: Because my friend told me to call you guys.

CLINIC: Yeah. Did you take a pregnancy test? Was it positive?

CALLER: Well, I took one over the weekend, and it was.

CLINIC: Okay. Okay. So the first thing you need to do is to call them and get that all taken care of, okay?

CALLER: Um-hum.

CLINIC: Then after the termination they’ll start you on birth control, and then you can just come to one of us at the other sites, and we’ll keep you on it.

CALLER: Okay, and you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No. No. We’re not allowed to tell anybody.

CALLER: Okay. Is it all right like if my boyfriend pays for it because he’s 22?

CLINIC: Oh, yeah.

CALLER: He’s got a job.

CLINIC: Oh, yeah, sure.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: So like could he pick it up and everything?

CLINIC: Pick up what?

CALLER: The birth control?

CLINIC: Well, you’d have to come to the place to get it.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: You have to be seen first, you know?

CALLER: Okay, but you guys wouldn’t tell anybody or anything?

CLINIC: No, no. We can’t tell anybody.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay? So juste give them a call, and they’ll start you on the way. Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: If I had any — well, yeah. Okay.

CLINIC: Bye.

CALLER: All right. Thanks.

(phone clicks)

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#134 – Planned Parenthood in Hanover, PA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
CENTRAL BLDG.
HANOVER, PA 17331
717-637-6544

TAPE – 134

(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. How can I help you?

CALLER: Hi. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?

CLINIC: We don’t here in the Hanover office. It would be through our York office. Would you like their number?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. The one I’m actually going to have you call for that particular service is 1-800-498-6573.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, can I ask a few questions really?

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: Okay. Well, like my friend told me that if I was going to have an abortion you guys have to tell my parents. Is that true?

CLINIC: Well, I — I’m not really clear on that. I just know that if you’re under 18 you do have to have informed consent.

CALLER: Oh. Well, I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: Okay. I’ll tell you what. The best thing to do is call that 800 number because whoever answers that line is going to have all the correct, you know, most up-to-date information.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: About all your questions.

CALLER: Do you guys do birth control there?

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: And like no one would have to know about that?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Okay. Well, like it’s just the reason why my parents can’t find out is because like my boyfriend’s 22, and we’re going to get married and everything, but they can’t find out at all because they hate him. They think he’s too old.

CLINIC: Okay. Okay. Yeah — like I said, I think the best thing would be to call the 800 number, and they can answer that much better than I.

CALLER: Well, like if I was getting birth control it would be all right and everything, or–

CLINIC: Um-hum. Um-hum.

CALLER: Okay, and you wouldn’t — so you wouldn’t –

CLINIC: You don’t need parental consent or no contact to the parents for birth control.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, is it all right if he brings me and everything?

CLINIC: We’d have to make an appointment.

CALLER: Oh, well –

CLINIC: Yeah, because to get on birth control pills you have to have an exam and everything, a pelvic exam and a pap smear.

CALLER: Oh. Is — is it — can you guys do like a pregnancy test there?

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: And do I have to have an appointment for that?

CLINIC: Yes.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, is it okay if I call my boyfriend and then call you back?

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: I just need to find out when he can get off work to take me, but what was your name?

CLINIC: My name’s Jodie.

CALLER: Jodie?

CLINIC: And if you want to just make an appointment for a pregnancy test it’s probably going to be some time later next week. But if you want to make an appointment for an exam and everything it is going to be about two to three weeks. We are really booked this time of year.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: That’s something to keep in mind when you find out when he can get off work.

CALLER: So should I call the York office, or if you guys are real busy?

CLINIC: Well, that’s up to you. They may be able to get you in sooner. I’m not sure what their schedule is like.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All right. Thank you.

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Bye.

CALLER: Bye.

(phone clicks)

*** THE END ***

#145 – Planned Parenthood – Women’s Health Services in Pittsburgh, PA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD – WOMEN’S HEALTH SERVICES
209 9TH ST # 400
PITTSBURGH, PA 15222-3509
412-434-8971

TAPE – 145

(dialing sounds) (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood Women’s Health Services. How can I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was actually told to call you guys from the Richville (Bridgeville?) Planned Parenthood. Nancy told me to call you guys.

CLINIC: Are you trying to make an appointment for a termination?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Well, now, they might be kind of busy in there, so if you’ll kindly hold someone will get with you.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: If you feel that you’re holding too long, please call back.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay? One moment.

(pause)

RECORDING: Thank you for calling Women’s Health Services. We are sorry to delay your call. Please remain on the line and a counselor will assist you as soon as possible. Thank you. (pause) (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: Good afternoon. Planned Parenthood Women’s Health Services. This is Joyce. May I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. Well, I was wondering — like — well I was just talking to the Planned Parenthood in Bridgeville, and Nancy told me to call you guys, so.

CLINIC: Okay. Concerning?

CALLER: Well, I was wanting to — I was wondering about having an abortion, so.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, I can give you some information. We see patients on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: The fee is dependent on how far along you are in the pregnancy, but if you’re between 6 to 12 weeks the fee would be $365.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Are you covered by any insurance?

CALLER: Well, no. My boyfriend said he would pay for it. He’s got a job. He’s 22, so.

CLINIC: Okay, and how old are you?

CALLER: I’ll be 13 — or 14 in March.

CLINIC: I’m sorry? How old?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: 14? Okay. Have you talked to a parent about this? Because in Pennsylvania there is parental consent.

CALLER: I can’t tell my parents at all because they — but like Nancy said you guys don’t have to tell anybody.

CLINIC: No, that’s not true. You’ll have to go through the court system, and that is –

CALLER: What?

CLINIC: Yes, you would — we would have to take you through judicial bypass.

CALLER: What’s that?

CLINIC: Well, we would bring you in for a counseling visit.

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay? And that would be $120. And then we would set up — one of our counselors would set up a day and time for you to go to court in Allegheny County in the Allegheny County courthouse to go before a judge and petition them and tell them. They’ll ask why you can’t go to a parent. It’s always much easier if you can go to a parent than this.

CALLER: Okay. But I can’t.

CLINIC: Okay. Why can’t you?

CALLER: Well, if they found out that me and my boyfriend were having sex they would totally freak out. Like we’re in love and we’re going to get married, but they don’t like him at all.

CLINIC: No parent is going to be happy about a teenager having intercourse with someone in their 20s. I wouldn’t be happy either. But then after that, they realize, you know, that they have to come to some kind of conclusion, and you’re much too young to have a child at this point. You don’t think that they would throw you out? What do you think they would do?

CALLER: I don’t know. I just don’t want to find out.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, then you’re going to have to go through judicial bypass.

CALLER: Okay. Do I need a lawyer for that or anything?

CLINIC: No. The court’s having a hard time finding lawyers, but you know, it may be delayed, the whole procedure, but we would try to find one through the court system. But you have to come in for an initial visit to, you know, to see how far along you are, get the counseling done, and then we would go from there.

CALLER: How much does that all cost?

CLINIC: Depends how far along you are — between 6 to 12 weeks it’s $365. To your first visit you would be paying $120, and that would be taken off of your abortion visit.

CALLER: Well, how much does like a lawyer cost?

CLINIC: No, hon. I just told you. We provide the lawyer. The court system provides the lawyer. Sometimes it’s difficult finding a day. You may have to come to Pittsburgh three times rather than just two times. I don’t know where you live, but that’s what judicial bypass is going to involve.

CALLER: Okay. Well, I’m just scared because like, well, my last period was like the first week in December.

CLINIC: So it was December 1?

CALLER: Well, it was a little after that, but.

CLINIC: So what was the first day of your last normal period?

CALLER: Well, I’m not real sure. It was like — probably like maybe the third or something.

CLINIC: The third?

CALLER: Yeah, I guess.

CLINIC: Okay. All right. That means that right now you are between 10 and 11 weeks.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Our next available appointment for this type of appointment for the counseling would not be until next Tuesday.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: We have appointments open, and that would be the 19th. Is your boyfriend going to have to be the one to bring you?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. Is he there with you?

CALLER: No, not right now. He’s at work right now.

CLINIC: Why don’t you ask him if it would be okay to come in on Tuesday the 19th and then give us a call back for the appointment?

CALLER: Okay. Does he have to see the judge to do that?

CLINIC: No. We have nothing to do with the boyfriend.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: And neither will the judge. You’re going to be the one to go before the judge to tell them why you cannot go to a parent about terminating a pregnancy.

CALLER: Okay. What would I tell the judge?

CLINIC: I don’t know. It’s up to you.

CALLER: Like — I don’t know.

CLINIC: I have no idea what you tell the judge.

CALLER: How would I get there if my boyfriend didn’t take me?

CLINIC: You’d have to go by bus or find another way.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay? Where do you live?

CALLER: I live in Elizabeth.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, you know, buses run from there.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Into downtown Pittsburgh, so talk to your boyfriend and see if you can come in, if he can bring you in on Tuesday, okay?

CALLER: And you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody about going in there to where you’re at?

CLINIC: We won’t have to tell anybody about what?

CALLER: About going to see you guys?

CLINIC: No. Not with judicial bypass.

CALLER: Well, like to get the pregnancy test.

CLINIC: You said you’ve had a pregnancy test.

CALLER: Well, it was a home test.

CLINIC: We will do a pregnancy test when you come in here. Hold on.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay, and it did come up positive, correct?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, talk to your boyfriend and see if it’s okay to come in on Tuesday. You’ll need $120 that day and then the rest of the fee when you come back for the procedure. The counselor who will be seeing you on Tuesday will make the arrangements for the judicial bypass.

CALLER: Okay. Do you know if the pregnancy that I did could be wrong or anything? Is it possible that I’m not pregnant?

CLINIC: I don’t know.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: There’s no way of knowing, and you know, until we do a pregnancy test. I can’t tell you that over the phone.

CALLER: Oh. Well, if I wasn’t pregnant do you guys do birth control there?

CLINIC: Um-hum. We would be sending you to our parent company which is Planned Parenthood on 9th Street.

CALLER: Okay. But they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No, not for birth control, never.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay? So talk to him about that appointment on Tuesday, okay?

CALLER: Okay. If he has any questions could I call you back and ask you?

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: What was your name?

CLINIC: My name’s Joyce.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: You’re welcome, hon. Bye.

CALLER: Bye.

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#124 – Planned Parenthood in Somerset, PA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
PO BOX 65
SOMERSET, PA 15501
814-443-6549

TAPE – 124

(Dialing, phone ringing)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. Can I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.

CLINIC: We don’t do abortions here. I can give you a number who does.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Do you have a positive pregnancy test?

CALLER: Well, I took a home pregnancy test over the weekend, and it was positive.

CLINIC: Okay. Do you live around here?

CALLER: I live in Bakersfield.

CLINIC: Okay. You would first of all have to come here for proof of pregnancy to take with you.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: You can’t just walk in without that. So you should really come here first, and then we can give you that information.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Do you want to make an appointment?

CALLER: Yeah, okay.

CLINIC: Okay. Hold on just a minute.

(Pause)

CLINIC: How about tomorrow afternoon?

CALLER: Well, what time?

CLINIC: What time can you come?

CALLER: Well, I’d really have to talk to my boyfriend to see when he can get off work because he’s the only one that can bring me.

CLINIC: What time does he work ’til?

CALLER: 8 to 5.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, that doesn’t work for us.

CALLER: Oh, all right. Well, I’d have to talk to him to see if he could get off work and bring me.

CLINIC: Because we work 8 to 4 Fridays and 9 to 5 the rest of the week. And he works 8 to 5.

CALLER: Yeah. Well, he could probably get Monday off.

CLINIC: Well, it just takes five minutes. There’s nobody else that can bring you, not even next week?

CALLER: Is it all right if he takes me on like his lunch break or whatever?

CLINIC: What time does he take lunch?

CALLER: He can take it whenever he wants to.

CLINIC: That’s fine. How are you going to get back to Bakersfield though?

CALLER: He’ll take me.

CLINIC: How about 1:15 tomorrow?

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: What’s your name?

CALLER: It’s Christine Smith.

CLINIC: Have you ever been here before?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: Do you have insurance?

CALLER: Well, he was going to pay cash.

CLINIC: Okay. You pay cash. Your phone?

CALLER: Huh?

CLINIC: Your phone?

CALLER: Oh. I would have to give you his cell phone number. But he just got it, so I don’t know the number yet.

CLINIC: So you don’t have a phone.

CALLER: Right.

CLINIC: Okay. It’s $5.00. You need to pay that when you come. And we’ll see you at 1:15 tomorrow. If that doesn’t suit you, call us though.

CALLER: Is there any age requirement or anything like that? I’ll be 14 in March. Is that still okay and everything?

CLINIC: Uhhhh, you’re 13?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: (Talking to someone else) Bev, what is the requirement for 13-year-old for an AB?

Are you going to be a patient here?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. We’ll tell you that when you come.

CALLER: Okay. Well, you guys wouldn’t have to tell my parents or anything, right? The problem is I can’t tell my parents because my boyfriend’s 22. And we’re going to get married. We’re going to move out and live together and have a family later on. But they just hate him because they think he’s too old for me.

CLINIC: Right. Well, we can talk to you about that. The nurse practitioner, she can give you all the details on that. I’m not real sure.

CALLER: What do I do? Like, they can’t find out.

CLINIC: Bev will go through all that with you.

CALLER: Well, I don’t want to come in there if I don’t have any — like if you guys are going to tell my parents, I don’t wanna —

CLINIC: We can’t. We can’t tell anybody. I mean, everything here is confidential. All we’re going to do is do a pregnancy test, and give you verification and information of where you’re gonna go. But everything here is confidential.

CALLER: So you don’t have to tell my parents about that?

CLINIC: We don’t have tell your parents that you’re coming. I mean, we can’t tell your parents, for no reason.

CALLER: And is it all right if my boyfriend brings me and everything?

CLINIC: Yeah. Your boyfriend can bring you. That’s fine.

CALLER: Does he have to fill out any forms or anything?

CLINIC: No. He does not fill out anything here. Nope.

CALLER: Would he fill out anything anywhere else?

CLINIC: I don’t know if he needs to fill out papers there or not. I don’t think so.

CALLER: If it turned out like after the pregnancy test that I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys do birth control there?

CLINIC: Yes.

CALLER: And you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about that either?

CLINIC: Right.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Exactly. We just go by numbers here. We file by numbers since everything’s confidential. We don’t like to use your name.

CALLER: Is it cool if I call you back with his cell phone number?

CLINIC: We don’t need a telephone number if you can’t give us one. But if you can’t make your appointment then we’d ask if you call us.

CALLER: Okay. What was your name?

CLINIC: Your appointment’s at 1:15 Friday. If that doesn’t suit him, you could call us. And we don’t have a number to reach you at.

CALLER: So when I call you back, is it all right to talk to you?

CLINIC: Well, you don’t need to call us back?

CALLER: Oh. What if he can’t make it, and I have to cancel?

CLINIC: That’s fine. That’s fine. Do you want the number?

CALLER: Yes.

CLINIC: It’s 443-6549, the number you just called.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: You can just call us on that number if you want to make another time.

CALLER: Okay. So if I have any other questions, is it all right to talk to you?

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: What was your name?

CLINIC: The nurse practitioner’s name is Bev.

CALLER: Bev? All right. But I couldn’t talk to you again?

CLINIC: That’s fine. My name is Julie.

CALLER: Julie?

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: Okay. Thanks.

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: Bye.

CLINIC: Bye.

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#135 – Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia, PA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
1144 LOCUST ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19107-6734
215-351-5560

TAPE – 135

(dialing sounds) (ringing 1X)

RECORDING: You have reached Planned Parenthood of Locus Tree Center. Today, Thursday, February 14, we will be seeing walk-in pregnancy tests and emergency contraception visits from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Supplies from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you would like to speak to someone or make an appointment, please press 4 now. Thank you. (dial sound.) Please hold while I try that extension.

CLINIC: How can I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?

CLINIC: Our surgical center does.

CALLER: Okay. How much does that cost?

CLINIC: Well, you’d have to talk to them. Have you had a confirmed pregnancy test from a doctor’s office or clinic?

CALLER: No. I took a home pregnancy test over the weekend.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, you would first have to have a confirmed pregnancy test from a doctor’s office or clinic. And if like you came into one of our centers we would give you a referral, and they have some of the prices on there, and then you could just give them a call to set up an appointment.

CALLER: Okay. Well, is there like an age requirement for that?

CLINIC: Like if you’re under 18 if you wanted to have a procedure, there’s two ways to go about it. You’d either have to get parental consent or you could go through what’s called a judicial bypass. I mean, that’s if you’re under 18.

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March. What’s the judicial bypass?

CLINIC: What that is, is you go to this lady. Her name’s Barbara Bailey. And she, you come and stand in front of a judge and say, okay, I’m old enough to make my own decisions, and you get like a piece of paper and say your parents don’t have to know.

CALLER: What if he doesn’t think that I am old enough?

CLINIC: No. They — I mean, that’s what that service is there for.

CALLER: Okay. So does he ever –

CLINIC: I don’t know. See, that’s a question for the lady that runs that program. So, I mean, if you wanted to come in today we could give you the pregnancy test to confirm it, and we could go over all of that with you in person.

CALLER: Do you know how much I’d have to pay her for that?

CLINIC: I don’t think there is a fee for her. There’s no fee. You said you’re 13?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay, there’s no charge for the pregnancy test if you come in here either.

CALLER: Okay. It’s just — the reason why I can’t tell my parents is because like my boyfriend’s 22, and we’re going to get married and everything, but they hate him because they think he’s too old for me. So they just can’t find out.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, they don’t — I mean, like everything here is confidential, so like I said if you want to come in today you can come in up until what time? up until 3:00 if you can get here by 3:00 you can come in and we can do a pregnancy test for you.

CALLER: Okay. Would you guys be able to do birth control there?

CLINIC: Yes, we do. Um-hum. You’d be offered like birth control following your procedure, so like if you wanted depo or if you wanted the pill we’d be able to give that to you as well.

CALLER: Okay, and does anybody have to know about the birth control?

CLINIC: Does anybody have to know?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: No. Um-um. Only you.

CALLER: Okay. Is it all right if my boyfriend brings me?

CLINIC: Yeah, that’s fine.

CALLER: Okay. And they wouldn’t ask anything about him or anything?

CLINIC: No. Um-um.

CALLER: All right. Well –

CLINIC: Hold on one second. Sorry. Go ahead.

CALLER: Well, like — so if I talk to him later to make an appointment — like I have to figure out when he can get off work to take me, but. Is it all right if I call you back?

CLINIC: Yeah, that’s fine. We’re here until 5:00. Okay?

CALLER: What was your name?

CLINIC: My name is Tiffany.

CALLER: Tiffany?

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Thank you.

CLINIC: You’re welcome.

CALLER: Bye.

CLINIC: Bye bye.

(phone clicks)

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#125 – Planned Parenthood in Johnstown, PA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
817 FRANKLIN ST
JOHNSTOWN, PA 15901-2825
814-535-5545

TAPE – 125

(dialing sounds) (ringing 5X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. Can I help you?

CALLER: Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?

CLINIC: No, we do not.

CALLER: Do you know anywhere that would?

CLINIC: Yeah. We have — if you come in and have a positive pregnancy test we give you a list of places to go.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And there’s a place in Pittsburgh that’s like — we’re an affiliate of that place.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: But we don’t do them here.

CALLER: Okay. Well, like my friend told me that you guys have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion. Is that true?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: No? Okay. Because like my parents can’t find out at all because, well the problem is like my boyfriend’s 22, and we’re going to get married and move out, but they hate him because they think that he’s too old for me, so.

CLINIC: How old are you?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: (silence) The best I can do right now is if you want to come in and have a pregnancy test we can do that here.

CALLER: Okay. They wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Okay. Well, what if like I wasn’t pregnant. Do you guys do birth control there?

CLINIC: We sure do.

CALLER: And you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about that either?

CLINIC: Nope.

CALLER: Okay. Like, well the main reason why I’m worried about it is because my last period was like the first week in December, so I’m just — I don’t know what to do.

CLINIC: Do you want to come in today for a test?

CALLER: Well, I can’t come in today. I have to get my boyfriend to bring me and he’s at work.

CLINIC: What time does he get off work?

CALLER: He gets off at 5:00.

CLINIC: We’re here until 6:00. Can you be here at 5:30?

CALLER: Well, I’d have to see, but I think so, maybe.

CLINIC: Okay. Try to get here at 5:30.

CALLER: All right. Is it all right if like I think of any more questions to call you back?

CLINIC: Yeah. What you need to do is pee in a cup though and bring it in with you.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: First of December. Even if you don’t bring it, you’ll probably be able to pee in a cup here because it would have been long enough. Our test should pick it up.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All righty?

CALLER: Okay. And you guys like wouldn’t have to tell anybody, right?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Okay. So it’s all right if like my boyfriend brings me and everything?

CLINIC: Yeah.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Be here for 5:30, no later, because we leave at 6:00.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All right?

CALLER: Okay. So is it all right if I call you back and ask you any more questions if I have any?

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: Okay. What was your name?

CLINIC: Michelle.

CALLER: Michelle?

CLINIC: Yeah.

CALLER: Okay. Thanks.

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: Bye.

CLINIC: Bye bye.

(phone clicks)

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