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#124 – Planned Parenthood in Somerset, PA

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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.


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.


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


CLINIC: Do you want to make an appointment?

CALLER: Yeah, okay.

CLINIC: Okay. Hold on just a minute.


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?


CLINIC: Do you have insurance?

CALLER: Well, he was going to pay cash.

CLINIC: Okay. You pay cash. Your phone?


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?


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?


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?


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

CLINIC: Right.


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?


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


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?


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.





#135 – Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia, PA

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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?


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?


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: Thank you.

CLINIC: You’re welcome.


CLINIC: Bye bye.

(phone clicks)

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