712 N. 77TH SUNSHINE STRIP
HARLINGEN, TX 78550
TAPE – 467
(dialing sounds) (ringing 1X)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. How may I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: No, we don’t. We can refer you.
CLINIC: I can give you the number where you can call.
CLINIC: It’s called Reproductive Services, and the number there is 428-6242.
CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know if — well 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.
CALLER: But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just sign whatever it is and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CALLER: Well, is there any way that my parents don’t have to find out?
CLINIC: I don’t think there’s a way to go around it.
CLINIC: No, because it’s just a new law that came out, and if you are a minor then, yeah, they would have to let your parents know. Or you can call them and see what they can do for you, how they can help you. They would know more about it.
CALLER: Well, it’s just I’m really worried about all this because like the main reason why is because I haven’t had my period since like December 21, and I’m just scared.
CLINIC: Have you had a pregnancy test done?
CLINIC: Then that would be the first thing for you to do.
CALLER: Could I come in there for that?
CALLER: Okay. Well, would you have to tell my parents that I was there for that?
CALLER: It’s just — me and my boyfriend were talking and he said he was going to pay for it, so is it– like is it all right if he was there with me?
CLINIC: Yeah. Can you hold on just a minute?
CLINIC: Let me let you talk to the manager. She can give you a lot more information on this. Okay?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Hold on. (pause)
CLINIC: This is (Malinda?). May I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wanting to ask a couple questions about getting an abortion?
CLINIC: Yes, ma’am.
CALLER: Well, it’s just — well I’m going to be 14 in March, and my friend told me that they would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just — is he old enough to take care of it and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody about anything?
CLINIC: No. Not at all. As a matter of fact — what’s your name?
CALLER: It’s Christine.
CLINIC: Christine, as a matter of face, it’s against the law for a 22-year-old to have sex with a 14-year-old, so don’t even say that.
CALLER: What do you mean?
CLINIC: It’s against the law. A 22 cannot have sex with 14-year-old. That’s rape.
CALLER: But he’s not raping me. We’re in love. We’re going to get married.
CALLER: What can I do?
CLINIC: Well, you’re 14. You had a pregnancy done already?
CLINIC: Okay, so you don’t really know that you are pregnant, right?
CALLER: Well, I just haven’t had my period since like December 21st.
CLINIC: So more than likely you are.
CLINIC: Okay. Have you been late with your period before?
CALLER: No, not really.
CLINIC: Okay. So you’ve been having sex and not using any protection?
CLINIC: Right. Okay. Well, what they’re going to do is, you can go in and talk to them, you know, and call them on the phone and talk to them, but normally the parent has to sign for this.
CALLER: Oh. But my parents can’t find out at all. I mean, if they knew that we were having sex, I don’t know what they would do.
CLINIC: Right. They also have — they can waive this. You can go in there and talk to them and they can waive this, but in good — you would have to go in front of the judge and ask him, and go that way, you know, go around your parents by going to the judge and maybe he can waive this.
CALLER: Well, how much does all that cost? Like do I need a lawyer for that?
CLINIC: No. Uh-uh. No, you don’t need a lawyer. The termination itself is about — how far along though are you? It depends on how far along.
CALLER: I don’t know.
CLINIC: Okay. When was the first day of your last period?
CALLER: December 21st.
CLINIC: December 21st.
CALLER: That’s why I was wanting to come in and get a pregnancy test.
CLINIC: If you are pregnant, that’s going to put you –
CALLER: Do you know if it would be all right if my boyfriend came in with me to get a pregnancy test? He said that he was going to pay for everything.
CLINIC: When you come in — well, there’s no charge for the pregnancy test. But what happens, when you come in and you tell the girls that you’re 14 and he’s 22, that we will report this. We are going to report this to Child Protective Services.
CALLER: Oh. So what can I do then?
CLINIC: You can come in by yourself and have the pregnancy test done and don’t even — you know, don’t even say. But if, if you come and tell me then I need, my policy is I need to report this.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: I can’t do anything over the phone, but I can do it when you are here.
CLINIC: Let’s see. But that’s the law. Now February the 22nd you will be 9 weeks pregnant.
CLINIC: Oh, you were nine weeks pregnant already. So to terminate this pregnancy on March the 15th would be the last day to terminate this pregnancy. So you need to move on here, girl. You need to get in here so we can do a pregnancy test. You can go to any clinic you want to go and do a pregnancy test. Then talk to them and they will — then you would need to go to — the best thing to do would go — there’s some papers, some forms that we have that you need to fill out and take them to the Reproductive Services, and they can work with you on this.
CLINIC: Or just go into the Reproductive Services and have the pregnancy test done there, let them handle the paperwork and get you going as soon as possible.
CALLER: Well, if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys do birth control there?
CLINIC: Yes, ma’am. Um-hum.
CALLER: But would you have to tell anybody about that?
CLINIC: No. Everything here is confidential. No. We would not tell anybody about that. This is very confidential.
CALLER: Well, it’s just the thing is, that I don’t drive. I’m not old enough, but could my boyfriend pick up the pills if I was on birth control?
CLINIC: No. You would need to come in.
CLINIC: Well, he can — I guess he can pick them up if you sign for the, but there’s a special form that we have. So where you can sign and give us permission, giving him permission to pick up the pills.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: But most of the time, you know, you need to — he can bring you and we can give you the pills.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CALLER: But you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about him or anything?
CLINIC: No, not at all, not — not if — if you didn’t say anything then we don’t know, right?
CALLER: Right. Okay.
CLINIC: And I just gave you a little heads up. (laughs)
CALLER: Okay. Thanks.
CLINIC: But yeah, call Reproductive Services and tell them that you’re doing this and like I say, you can either come here or go there and do a pregnancy test and fill out the forms and they will guide you how to do this.
CALLER: Okay. Well –
CLINIC: If you have any questions then give us a call.
CALLER: Okay. What was your name?
CALLER: Okay. Thanks.
CLINIC: Uh-huh. Bye bye.
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