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#794 – Houston Women’s Clinic in Houston, TX

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HOUSTON WOMEN’S CLINIC
4820 SAN JACINTO
HOUSTON, TX 77004
713-868-4483

TAPE – 794

(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)

CLINIC: Houston Women’s Clinic. May I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Do you know how much it cost?

CLINIC: I surely do. Do you know when the first day of your last period was?

CALLER: January 3rd.

CLINIC: Okay. Then you should be under 11 weeks, and the fee is $325. And that covers everything, all the medications before and after, the ultra sound, follow-up visit, and a few months supply of birth control pills if they’re indicated for you.

CALLER: The thing is, I’m going to be 14 later on this month —

CLINIC: Oh, my goodness.

CALLER: — and my friend told me you have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just sign whatever it is, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No, no, no. Legally by law we would be in deep trouble.

CALLER: What do you mean?

CLINIC: Well, if we didn’t have you have parental consent. You’re only 14.

CALLER: Well, I’ll be 14 on the 19th.

CLINIC: So you’re only 13.

CALLER: Yeah. But I can’t tell my parents at all. I mean, they can’t find out.

CLINIC: Well, you can go before the judge. Hold on a minute. Someone more knowledgeable than I can help you. Okay? Hold on.

CALLER: Okay.

(Short pause)

CLINIC: I don’t even think you could go down in front of the judge and appeal your case because they would have your boyfriend for statutory rape.

CALLER: What? What’s that? I mean, he’s not raping me. I mean, we’re in love. We’re going to get married.

CLINIC: No, I know. But you’re under age, and he’s 22.

CALLER: Well, what could happen?

CLINIC: Well, I don’t know. So you better check — do you have any availability of an attorney or anything?

CALLER: I don’t know.

CLINIC: Called Planned Parenthood and see what they do for you, okay?

CALLER: Planned Parenthood?

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: Well, do you have the number for them?

CLINIC: Pardon?

CALLER: Do you have the number for them?

CLINIC: 713-535-2400.

CALLER: Okay. Well, I haven’t had a pregnancy test yet. Would I be able to come in there for that?

CLINIC: You can come in for a pregnancy test, sure.

CALLER: But would you have to tell anybody I was there for that?

CLINIC: Oh, no, no.

CALLER: Oh, okay. How much does it cost for that?

CLINIC: The pregnancy test would be free. Do you want to come in for that?

CALLER: Well, yeah. But my boyfriend would have to bring me. Would you have to tell on him if he was there?

CLINIC: Well, I’m not going to tell anybody anything. Oh, okay. But I mean, why wouldn’t you want to tell your boyfriend?

CALLER: Well, he knows. I mean, would you have to tell on him if he was there? Like he’s the only way I’d be able to get there. Would it be all right if he was there with me?

CLINIC: Oh, sure. You can come alone or with him.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: But you have to make an appointment.

CALLER: But you said he would get arrested.

CLINIC: Oh, no, no. That would be if you — hold on a minute.

CLINIC: Honey?

CALLER: Yeah?

CLINIC: I wouldn’t bring the boyfriend, okay?

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: If you want to have a test, just have someone else bring you for a test. When would you want to come?

CALLER: When are you guys open?

CLINIC: It’s by appointment. And we could see you tomorrow afternoon for a test.

CALLER: Okay. Well, I’d have to think about it. But I have to call you back. What was your name?

CLINIC: Okay. I’m Betty.

CALLER: Okay. If it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control there?

CLINIC: No, we don’t give birth control to anybody except patients because we don’t any of their history and pap smear and all that.

CALLER: Where could I get birth control?

CLINIC: But you can go to a teen clinic.

CALLER: Oh, okay. But would they have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: Well, if you want to have counseling on it. You’re 13. I don’t think so, no.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay, honey.

CALLER: Thank you. Bye.

CLINIC: Bye bye.

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#441 – Planned Parenthood in Houston, TX

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
11834 AIRLINE DR
HOUSTON, TX 77037-1004
281-820-5305

TAPE – 441

(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood Greasepoint (Grosse Point?) (sp). This is Melissa.

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

CLINIC: Not here. I can give you the number.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: It’s 713-535-2400.

CALLER: Okay. Where is that exactly?

CLINIC: That’s the Planned Parenthood on Fannon (sp).

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, do you know, like I’m just really worried because like I’m going to be 14 in March. And my friend told me that they would have to tell my parents I’m getting an abortion. But my boyfriend is 22. Can he just sign whatever it is and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No, ma’am. You’d have to tell your parents.

CALLER: Really? Is there any way not to have to tell them?

CLINIC: Huh?

CALLER: Is there any way not to have to tell them?

CLINIC: No. They’d — well, they won’t make you but you’ll have to. I mean, they’ll explain to you when you call over there.

CALLER: But I can’t tell my parents at all. I don’t know.

CLINIC: Well, that way it’s not– I mean, you’re not going to be able –

CALLER: All right. Well, could I come in there for a pregnancy test and you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: Oh, no.

CALLER: No?

CLINIC: I mean, we won’t. If you come in for a pregnancy test, it’s confidential. I mean –

CALLER: Okay. Well, my boyfriend would have to bring me in. Would that be all right?

CLINIC: That’s fine.

CALLER: I just don’t have any other way to get there.

CLINIC: Yeah, that’s fine, except for you’ll have to come back by yourself to the back.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay. Well, if they ended up that I wasn’t pregnant would I be able to get birth control soon, or –

CLINIC: Yes. You’d have to schedule an appointment to get your pap, pelvic and breast exam.

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: And then we can get you on birth control.

CALLER: Well, would you have to tell anybody about that?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Okay. Would anyone have to know anything about my boyfriend or anything?

CLINIC: I don’t think we’d ask.

CALLER: Okay. It’s just we don’t — we were talking about all this and we don’t want anyone to know anything. So.

CLINIC: Yeah.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay, well, just if you want to come in for a pregnancy test. You can just go ahead and walk in. The test is $25.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay, thank you.

CLINIC: All right. Bye bye.

(phone clicks)

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#442 – Planned Paretnhood in Houston, TX

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PLANNED PARETNHOOD
3995 FM 1960 RD W
HOUSTON, TX 77068-3505
281-587-8081

TAPE – 442

(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. Alma speaking.

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

CLINIC: Not at this location. It’s done downtown on Fannon (ph).

CALLER: Do you have that number?

CLINIC: 713-535-2400.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know — like I’m just worried because –

CLINIC: I’m sorry. One moment, please. (pause) Okay?

CALLER: Well, I’m going to be 14 in March, and my friend told me that they would have to tell my parents I’m getting an abortion. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just sign whatever it is and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No. You have — you need the parents’ consent to go through the abortion. What you can do, call the clinic on Fannon. There’s three different methods, different ways of doing it. You know? So they’ll let you know how you can go about in doing that. Okay?

CALLER: All right. Well, could I come in there for a pregnancy test though?

CLINIC: Um-hum. That’s fine.

CALLER: It’s just, I’m really scared because I don’t know if I’m pregnant really, but — I’m just scared because I haven’t had my period since like December 21st. So would it be all right to come in there for a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: No problem. That was $25 for the pregnancy test.

CALLER: Okay. But would you have to tell anybody that I was there?

CLINIC: No. No.

CALLER: Okay. Well, my boyfriend is the only way I would be able to get there. Would that be all right if he was there with me?

CLINIC: No problem.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: No problem. (laughs)

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

CLINIC: Yes. We can do an exam for you — you know, breast, pelvic, pap smear, put you on birth control. The exam would be $68 and the birth control pills would be $20 for a pack.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, do you guys have to tell anybody that I was on birth control though?

CLINIC: No. (laughs)

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: There’s no way that your parents can find out, you know, that you’ve been here or, you know, that you had — you were put on birth control.

CALLER: Okay. It’s just, me and my boyfriend were talking about it, and we don’t want anyone to find out about us, so you guys wouldn’t have to say anything?

CLINIC: One thing is that you are a minor.

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: You’re under 13?

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

CLINIC: 14 in March. When in March?

CALLER: March 19.

CLINIC: March 19th? Yeah, the thing is that — hmm. One moment, okay? Hold on. (long pause) Hello?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. What I was trying to let you know is, because of your age because you’re under, you’re 13 and under, it does, by law, it needs to be reported.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: Yeah.

CALLER: What has to be reported?

CLINIC: It has to be reported that you’re sexually active.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: Well, who would you have to report it to?

CLINIC: It’s some phone number that we have.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: It’s not reported to you — we don’t call your parents and tell them you were here. (laughs)

CALLER: Would they call my parents?

CLINIC: No. I really don’t know how that works. All I know is that we have to report it to someone.

CALLER: Well, could anything happen?

CLINIC: I’m sorry?

CALLER: Could anything happen if you report it to them?

CLINIC: I really don’t know what they do after that. All I know is that it’s our responsibility to report if someone is 13 and under and sexually active. That’s the only thing we would report is that. You know, they don’t need to find out the person’s name or age or nothing like that. But we would just report that.

CALLER: Well, would you have to tell on my boyfriend?

CLINIC: No. The only thing we say is that you are just sexually active.

CALLER: Oh, well, so –

CLINIC: Unless –

CALLER: Even if I came in for just a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: No. No. Just a pregnancy test, no. But for the other stuff, yes.

CALLER: For like birth control and stuff?

CLINIC: Um-hum. Unless if you were 14 and over then that’s not a problem.

CALLER: So would it just be better to wait until I was 14 to get birth control?

CLINIC: Probably. (laughs)

CALLER: Oh. Okay. All right. Well, I don’t know. I have to talk to my boyfriend and see.

CLINIC: Yeah. I mean, you can just come in for the pregnancy test. It’s $25. Or, but you haven’t done a home pregnancy test, have you?

CALLER: No. I didn’t know if those were right.

CLINIC: Yeah. Yeah, that’s not a problem. You can just come in and do that. It’s not a problem.

CALLER: But he would still have to bring me for the pregnancy test. Would that be all right?

CLINIC: No problem. That’s not a problem.

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

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay. Hmm. Bye bye.

CALLER: Thanks.

(phone clicks)

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#443 – Planned Parenthood in Houston, TX

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
6121 HILLCROFT ST # 0
HOUSTON, TX 77081-1002
713-541-5372

TAPE – 443

(dialing sounds) (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: Thank you for calling Planned Parenthood at 6121 Hillcroft in the Southwest Freeway. (Spanish interpretation) Please stay on the line for clinic hours. Effective January the 1, 2002, the clinic will be closed every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. The clinic will also be closed from 2:00 to 4:00 for staff in-service on January 15. The regular clinic hours are Monday 10:00 to 7:00, Tuesday 7:30 to 4:00, Wednesday 7:30 to 2:00, Thursday 7:30 to 4:00, Friday 7:30 to 3:00, and Saturday from 7:30 to 1:00. To make an appointment or speak to a representative press 2. If you would like information about (dial sound)

One moment, please. (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. (unclear) May I help you?

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

CLINIC: No. You need to call 713-535-2400.

CALLER: Okay. Where is that exactly?

CLINIC: On 3601 Fannon.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, do you know — I’m just really worried because like my friend told me that since, well I’m going to be 14 in March, she said they would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just sign whatever it is and they wouldn’t have to tell my parents or anybody?

CLINIC: That doesn’t work. Because he’s 22 and you’re having sex with an older man.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: In other words, he’s having sex with an underage. So you don’t need to involve him in anything.

CALLER: Just don’t? Well, he’d be the only way I could get there.

CLINIC: Well, to get there is fine. He can be your friend.

CALLER: Oh, okay. But would they have to tell my parents?

CLINIC: Why don’t you call them and see what their requirements is right now, what they’re doing to help you?

CALLER: Okay. Well, could I come in there for a pregnancy test though?

CLINIC: Yeah.

CALLER: Yeah?

CLINIC: Um-hum.

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

CLINIC: No. I don’t have. The pregnancy test is $25. If you go to the Teen Clinic they help you out with everything, and it’s free.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, when is the Teen Clinic?

CLINIC: It’s 3601 Fannon also.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, I just really wanted to go there because that’s where my boyfriend told me to go.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: But –

CLINIC: You don’t need an appointment.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, if the pregnancy test came out that I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys have birth control there?

CLINIC: Yes.

CALLER: Would you have to tell anybody that I was on birth control though?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: No?

CLINIC: Um-um.

CALLER: All right. Well, so it would be all right if my boyfriend is there with me and stuff like that? Because he said he was going to pay for everything. But would he have to sign for anything?

CLINIC: The only thing is, let me tell you what it says here. If you’re underage, 14 years old or something, sometimes if there is an abused knowledge of abusive behavior from family member, a friend, or somebody, if you’re being abused and all that stuff, they report it to the child –

CALLER: But I’m not being abused. We’re in love. We’re going to get married.

CLINIC: Exactly. So those are facts that you know, and if they ask you anything your answer is right. You know?

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Um-hum. Okay?

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: And what was your name again?

CALLER: I’m Amanda.

CLINIC: Oh, okay.

CALLER: All right. Bye bye.

(phone clicks)

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#440 – Planned Parenthood-fannin Clinic in Houston, TX

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD-FANNIN CLINIC
3601 FANNIN ST
HOUSTON, TX 77004-3998
713-535-2400

TAPE -440

(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)

RECORDING: Thank you for calling Planned Parenthood. You’ve reached Surgical Services at 3601 San An. We provide abortion colposcopy and vasectomy services. At this time if you’d like to make an appointment, please press 2. You are a current client and you have a medical emergency –

(dial sound)

One moment, please. (ringing)

You have reached the Planned Parenthood Administrative Offices. Your call is very important to us. Please hold and it will be answered in the order it was received. Thank you.

CLINIC: Planned Parent. How can I help you?

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

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Well, how much does that cost?

CLINIC: If you’re anywhere from 5 to 11 weeks the fee is $375.

CALLER: Okay. Well, how do you know? I just — I’m — I haven’t had a period since like December 21st, so how would you know?

CLINIC: Okay. hold on. (pause) Okay, December 21st?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: Okay, so you’re already like 9 weeks.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: It’s going to be $375.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know, like I’m just worried because like I’m going to be 14 in March, and my friend told me that you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just sign whatever that is and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No. Because he’s not your parent. I mean, it’s the law. We have to abide by it.

CALLER: Oh. Well, is there any way not to have to tell my parents at all?

CLINIC: You can go before a judge.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: Yeah, and see what they’d tell you.

CALLER: Well, how much does that cost?

CLINIC: Well, you come in and — it’s free. But you come in here and we have an ultrasound and counseling is $220. And then we refer you to an attorney, and then you’ll wait to get a hearing date.

CALLER: Oh, well, does the judge ever say no?

CLINIC: It depends. I mean, it depends where you go. I mean, it’s up to the judge. I mean, we don’t know what your story is. It’s really up to the judge to grant permission if you don’t tell them or not.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, so, like could I come in there for a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: Okay, well, how much does that cost?

CLINIC: Well, you’re already pregnant, right?

CALLER: Well, I think so. I don’t know. I’m just worried. I haven’t had a pregnancy test yet. But I haven’t — I’m just worried.

CLINIC: If you want to you could come into the teen clinic, and I think their fees are, have a sliding scale as long as you’re in school.

CALLER: Oh, well, I’m homeschooled. Would that still work, or –

CLINIC: Oh, yeah. Let them know, okay? Hold on. (pause)

RECORDING: You have reached Bennen (sp) Family Planning and Teen Clinic. Your call is very important to us. Please hold and your call will be answered in the order it was received.

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. Susie. How may I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering about getting an abortion.

CLINIC: Okay. Let me transfer you to that department, okay?

CALLER: Okay.

RECORDING: You have reached the Planned Parenthood Administrative Offices. Your call is very important to us. Please hold and it will be answered in the order it was received. Thank you.

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. How can I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I don’t know who I was talking to before, but they sent me to the Teen people and then they sent me back here. I was just –

CLINIC: Okay. Well, you can come in and pay for a pregnancy test. It’s $25.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Are you the one that I was talking to before?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Oh, okay. What was your name?

CALLER: Reesa (sp).

CLINIC: Oh, okay. Well, so do you know if like the pregnancy test ended up that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control there?

CALLER: No. You would have to go over to the Teen Clinic. It would be in the same building.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, would they have to tell anybody that I was on birth control though?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: Really?

CALLER: No. I mean, it’s only — it goes for pregnancy. Okay? I mean, there’s also a 1-800 number that I could give you so you could talk to somebody. Okay?

CLINIC: All right.

CALLER: Hold on. Let me get that for you.

CLINIC: Okay, the number is 1-866-wwwjane. J-A-N-E.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: It’s nonprofit, provides info to teens about judicial bypass and parental notification.

CALLER: Okay. But would they have to know anything about my boyfriend? Like he’s just worried that — like he was actually wanting me to call and ask if you guys had to know that he was 22. Would you guys have to say anything, or –

CLINIC: I mean, you’re not our patient yet. I don’t know what the counselors would do.

CALLER: Oh. Well, if I was a patient do you know?

CLINIC: I don’t know.

CALLER: Oh. Okay.

CLINIC: I mean, you could call Children’s Protective Services and see what they tell you.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: Do you want their number so you could just ask?

CALLER: I’ll just talk to the counselors I guess.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, call this number and see what they tell you, okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All right. Bye bye.

(phone clicks)

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