Listen to the Call:
112 N 13TH ST
ALLENTOWN, PA 18102-3729
TAPE – 129
(Dialing, phone ringing)
RECORDING: Thank you for calling the Alton office of Planned Parenthood located at 112 North 13th Street. Our business hours are Monday 9 to 4; Tuesday 11 to 7; Wednesday 9 to 3; Thursday 8:30 to 5:30; and Friday 9 to 2. If you would like our pill supply and pick-up hours, message for inclement weather, or an emergency number when we’re not here, please press 3. For our walk-in pregnancy test hours, press 4. For emergency contraceptive hours, press 5. If you would like to speak with a staff person during business hours, press 7.
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood.
CALLER: Hi. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: No, we don’t. What we can do is refer you to our Planned Parenthood in Redding that does terminations.
CALLER: Okay. Do you have that phone number?
CLINIC: Sure. The Redding Planned Parenthood phone number is 610-376-8061. How old are you?
CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.
CLINIC: Okay. There is a parental notification law in the state of Pennsylvania, that you would need to discuss with your parents —
CALLER: I can’t tell my parents. They can’t find out. The problem is, my boyfriend is 22. We’re going to get married and everything, but they hate him because they think that he’s too old for me.
CLINIC: Okay. But there is a parental notification in the state of Pennsylvania, if you want to stay in the state of Pennsylvania for a termination.
CALLER: Well, what can I do? They can’t find out at all.
CLINIC: You can go to court, or the other thing is that you can go out of state to a patient site.
CALLER: If I went to court, would I have to pay for a lawyer and everything?
CLINIC: What you would do is call — you can call the Redding Planned Parenthood and ask them to walk you through the steps that are necessary for that.
CALLER: Well, the main reason I’m calling, my last period was the first week in December.
CALLER: So that’s why — I’m just scared.
CLINIC: Right. Hold on a second. Have you had a positive pregnancy test?
CALLER: Well, I took a home pregnancy test over the weekend, and I think I did it right.
CLINIC: All right. Give me an exact date. Hold on.
When was the exact date of your last period?
CALLER: I’m not real sure. I know it was like the first week in December.
CLINIC: According to that time period and according to the information you’re giving me, you’re ready to start your 12th week. Terminations can be done up to 14 weeks from your last period.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: You really need to contact them and get this moving as soon as possible.
CALLER: Okay. But you don’t think they’d have to tell anybody there?
CLINIC: At the Redding Planned Parenthood?
CLINIC: You would still need parental consent or get a court — information. And they can tell you how to go about doing that.
CALLER: Say that I wasn’t pregnant or whatever, do you guys do birth control there?
CLINIC: Right. Have you had a positive pregnancy test?
CALLER: Well, I did the home pregnancy test.
CLINIC: Okay. Then that pretty much means that you’re pregnant.
CLINIC: What you can do if you’re really confused, you can walk in during our pregnancy test hours and meet with a counselor who could help you, talk to you about some of these things.
CALLER: Would they have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: No. Here we’re confidential. We wouldn’t have to tell anybody. You can obtain pregnancy testing without parental consent, but if you do want a termination, that’s when you need help.
CALLER: Okay. Is it all right that if I have a couple more questions, if I can call you back?
CLINIC: Sure. Or walk in so we can run the test and then talk to you face to face.
CALLER: What was your name?
CLINIC: My name is Patty.
CLINIC: Thank you. Bye bye.