PLANNED PARENTHOOD – WOMEN’S HEALTH SERVICES
209 9TH ST # 400
PITTSBURGH, PA 15222-3509
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?
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.
CLINIC: Okay? One moment.
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.
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.
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 –
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.
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.
CLINIC: Our next available appointment for this type of appointment for the counseling would not be until next Tuesday.
CLINIC: We have appointments open, and that would be the 19th. Is your boyfriend going to have to be the one to bring you?
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.
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.
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.
CLINIC: Okay, and it did come up positive, correct?
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.
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?
CALLER: What was your name?
CLINIC: My name’s Joyce.
CLINIC: You’re welcome, hon. Bye.
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