Listen to the Call:
370 OLD PORT ISABEL RD.
BROWNSVILLE, TX 78521-3547
TAPE – 466
(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. Can I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: No, we don’t.
CALLER: Oh. Well, do you know of anybody that does?
CLINIC: Reproductive Services in Harlingen.
CALLER: Oh. Well, do you have that number?
CLINIC: Yes, ma’am. Let me see. You got a pen?
CLINIC: It’s (956-428-6242?).
CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know if — I’m just really worried because like my friend told me that since like — well I’m going to be 14 in March, she said that they would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just like sign whatever it is and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: No, ma’am. You would have to go in and your mom has to know about what’s going on.
CALLER: Oh. Well, is there any way not to tell her, because if they found out I don’t know what would happen. I mean, they just can’t find out at all.
CLINIC: Hold on, okay?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: What you need to do is call that number and ask for Blanca.
CALLER: For what?
CLINIC: For Blanca. And tell her the situation you’re in. She can help you.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CALLER: Well, could I come in there for a pregnancy test though?
CLINIC: For Planned Parenthood?
CALLER: Yeah, to where you’re at?
CLINIC: Yeah, you can come in.
CALLER: But would you guys have to tell anybody that I was there for that?
CLINIC: No. It’s strictly confidential.
CALLER: It’s just, me and my boyfriend were talking about all this, and we — like he would be the only — he said he was going to take care of everything, and he would be the only way I could get there. But we don’t want anybody to know about us. Would you have to tell anybody about him or anything? Would he have to sign anything?
CLINIC: Um-um. No, ma’am.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Okay.
CLINIC: All you need to do is come in. We’ll give you the forms. And you fill them out for us. And then we’ll go ahead and take the pregnancy test. Since you are under 18 it will be free for you. Then depending on that then we’ll go ahead and help you get referred if you want to go –
CALLER: Oh. Well, if it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control there?
CLINIC: We can help you with that.
CALLER: It’s just, I don’t want to have to go through all this again. But the only thing is, I can’t drive because I’m not old enough. But could my boyfriend pick up the pills or anything?
CLINIC: No. You would have to come in for everything. You would have to come in for all the services, plus the pills and everything.
CALLER: Oh. But if I was on birth control, would you have to tell anybody?
CALLER: Oh, okay. So like you’re sure nobody has to know about like him or me or anything if I went there?
CLINIC: No, ma’am.
CALLER: Okay. All right. So, well is it okay –
CALLER: Are you there?
CALLER: Well, is it all right like if I had any other questions that I could call and talk to you? What was your name?
CLINIC: Mine is Theresa (sp).
CALLER: All right.
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