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#478 – Planned Parenthood in Lubbock, TX

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
3821 22ND ST.
LUBBOCK, TX 79410
806-795-7123

TAPE – 478

(dialing sound) (ringing 1x)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. This is Teresa. Can I help you?

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

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: No. Aron’s (sp) Women’s Clinic.

CALLER: Do you have the number for that?

CLINIC: I don’t know. Hold on one moment. (pause)

Okay. It’s in the phone book. I’m not sure of the number.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know if — I’m just really worried because like — well my friend told me — like I’m going to be 14 in March. And she said that they would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend is 22. Is he old enough to take care of it and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No. If you’re under 13, I mean under 14, it needs to be reported.

CALLER: Reported to who?

CLINIC: To the state.

CALLER: Well, what would happen?

CLINIC: He’ll get investigated for child abuse.

CALLER: Well, but he’s not abusing me. I mean, we’re in love. We’re going to get married.

CLINIC: I understand that, but that’s just the law.

CALLER: Well, what should I do? I mean, I don’t want him to get in trouble.

CLINIC: Umm. That’s — I don’t know. Maybe you could just not tell them who. I don’t know. I don’t know what you could do. I mean, that’s the law.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: You know, nothing I could tell you to do really.

CALLER: Well, it’s just I’m really worried about all this because like I haven’t had my period since like December 21st, and I’m scared. So I don’t know what to do.

CLINIC: Yeah. Well, you need to make an appointment there, and then let — they could tell you from there what you need to do because I’m not real familiar with that situation since we don’t do that here.

CALLER: Well, could I come in there for a pregnancy test? It’s just, my friend told me to go to you guys because it was better.

CLINIC: Yeah. You could come here. They’re 8 if they’re negative and 30 if they’re positive because then they do an exam to see how far along you are.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Do you know like if you would have to tell my parents if I was there for that though?

CLINIC: Hold on. Yeah, we have to tell your parents.

CALLER: Oh. Well, would it be better — well, is there any way not to have to tell my parents at all?

CLINIC: I don’t know. Here, we would — I don’t know what other agencies do, but here we would have to. You might want to try the Storks Nest. They do free pregnancy testing there.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: What was that again?

CLINIC: The Storks Nest.

CALLER: Where is that?

CLINIC: That’s at Highland.

CALLER: Oh, okay. But if I came in for a pregnancy test you would have to tell my parents?

CLINIC: Yeah.

CALLER: Oh. Okay.

CLINIC: All right?

CALLER: Well, what if I wasn’t pregnant? Could I get birth control and you wouldn’t have to tell my parents?

CLINIC: You’d have to make an appointment here and get a pap smear done to become a patient here.

CALLER: But would you have to tell anybody if I was getting birth control there?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: Okay. So — well I’m just really worried. I don’t know what to do.

CLINIC: I understand. Well go over there first and see if you are pregnant, and if you’re not then call back and make an appointment here. Okay?

CALLER: Okay. Thanks.

(phone clicks)

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#468 – Planned Parenthood in Pharr, TX

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
129 E. CAFFERY ST.
PHARR, TX 78577-4846
956-787-9452

TAPE – 468

(dialing sounds) (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: Thank you for calling Planned Parenthood. (Desiree?). Can I help you?

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

CLINIC: No, ma’am, we don’t.

CALLER: Do you know of anybody that does?

CLINIC: We have a booklet that has a list of, little booklet of places that you can call to, but you need to come in and get it in here.

CALLER: Okay. Well do you know like — I’m just really worried about all this because like I haven’t had my period since like December 21st, and I don’t know what to do because like — well my friend told me — like I’m going to be 14 in March, and she said that they would have to tell my parents that I was getting an abortion. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of it and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody about anything?

CLINIC: How old are you?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: So you’re 13. Far as you doing anything right now, the abortion, you need to let your parents know.

CALLER: But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of it?

CLINIC: No, because the patient would be you.

CALLER: So they would have to tell my parents?

CLINIC: Yeah.

CALLER: Well, is there any way not to tell my parents, because if they found out I don’t know what they would do.

CLINIC: Um-um.

CALLER: I mean, they would, they would be furious.

CLINIC: You would need to probably call to other places that does that. And you can ask them, see maybe if they go by confidentiality or what.

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

CLINIC: Even if you do come in for a pregnancy test, do we need to let your parents know. It would be best if you just call there where they do that. Come and get a booklet where different places you can call to and probably see what they do.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: And when is your birthday?

CALLER: March 19, 1988.

CLINIC: Yeah. Call there. See what — come and get by and get a booklet and you can call there, see what they tell you. But as far as coming here, they will let your parents know.

CALLER: Oh. Well, if I wasn’t pregnant could I come in there and get birth control and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: It would be better after your birthday.

CALLER: Oh, so like after I’m 14 I could get birth control?

CLINIC: Yeah.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Because 13 we do. 14 we don’t.

CALLER: Oh, okay. All right.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, if like after I’m 14 and I came in for a birth control, would my boyfriend be able to pick it up? Because I still wouldn’t be able to drive to come get them.

CLINIC: He can come with you, but you need to be here.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: All right. Okay.

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Um. Bye.

(phone clicks)

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#480 – Planned Parenthood in Corpus Christi, TX

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
3536 HOLLY RD.
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX 78415-3214
361-855-9107

TAPE – 480

(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. This is Pam. 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 any place that does?

CLINIC: Uh-huh. Dr. Akino (sp) does in town here. It’s 888-7972.

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

CLINIC: I don’t think he can. It has to be a relative.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: I believe it has to be your parent actually.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: Call them and find out.

CALLER: Okay. I’m just really worried because like I haven’t had my period since like December 21st, and I’m scared.

CLINIC: Have you taken a pregnancy test yet?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: Well, I would suggest you take one. You know, buy one at the store and take it first before you call Dr. Akino.

CALLER: Oh. Are those usually right though?

CLINIC: Oh, yeah. They’re very accurate. Um-hum.

CALLER: Oh. Well, my friend just told me to come in there because you guys were better to go to, and I would feel better if someone else was doing it.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, you can come in here, and they’re $12.

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

CLINIC: No. It’s completely confidential.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know — like I would just feel better if my boyfriend was there. Would it be all right if he was there with me?

CLINIC: Sure. Uh-huh.

CALLER: But would you guys have to ask anything about him? Like he would pay for everything he said, but does he have to sign anything? It’s just, we were talking about all of this, and we don’t want anyone to know about us. So.

CLINIC: Um-hum. Why don’t you both come in and then we can discuss it when you get here? Okay?

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: All right.

CALLER: Well, if it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant –

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: — would you guys be able to do birth control?

CLINIC: Well, we can get you an appointment for that one too. Uh-huh.

CALLER: But would you have to tell anybody that I was on birth control?

CLINIC: No. Everything is completely confidential.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All righty.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Bye bye.

CALLER: Thanks.

(phone clicks)

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#469 – Planned Parenthood in Raymondville, TX

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
112 S. 1ST ST.
RAYMONDVILLE, TX 78580-2310
956-689-5585

TAPE – 469

(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. May I help you?

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

CLINIC: No, ma’am, we don’t. I can give you a number.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: 428-6242.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know if, um, like I’m just really worried because like, well, I’ll be 14 in March. And my friend told me that they would have to tell my parents.

CLINIC: Right.

CALLER: But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of that?

CLINIC: I don’t think so. You can call and ask them.

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

CLINIC: Okay. You can come on Wednesday. We’re closed already.

CALLER: Oh, really?

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: I’m just really worried because like I haven’t had my period since like December 21st, so I don’t know what to do, and I’m scared.

CLINIC: Right. Well, do you want to try calling them? I think they do — what is your name, ma’am?

CALLER: It’s Christine.

CLINIC: Christine?

CALLER: Smith.

CLINIC: Smith?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Christine Smith. Can you come in — do you want to come in on Wednesday morning?

CALLER: Well, what time?

CLINIC: At 8:00.

CALLER: Yeah, I guess. I don’t know. I would have to call my boyfriend to see, but I think so.

CLINIC: Okay. You can come in then if you want to. If it’s positive, you wanted to have an abortion?

CALLER: Um, yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, maybe you can call that office and see if they can see you tomorrow and make other arrangements if you want it done right away.

CALLER: Okay. Well, it’s just –

CLINIC: If not, we can see you here Wednesday morning.

CALLER: Okay. Well, me and my boyfriend were just talking about this, and we don’t want anyone to know about us but –

CLINIC: Everything is confidential here, ma’am.

CALLER: All right. So you guys wouldn’t have to ask anything about him or anything?

CLINIC: Anything about him?

CALLER: Right. Like we just don’t want anyone to know about us, and — but he was going to pay for everything. So does he have to sign anything?

CLINIC: I don’t think that he would. I don’t know if the age problem would be a problem, ma’am.

CALLER: What do you mean?

CLINIC: He’s more than three years older than you.

CALLER: Yeah? Well, is that bad?

CLINIC: Well, I think by law it’s like statutory rape.

CALLER: But he’s not raping me.

CLINIC: Right.

CALLER: I mean, we’re in love. We’re going to get married.

CLINIC: Statutory rape does not mean that you were forced. It just means that you’re sex with a minor.

CALLER: Well, what could happen?

CLINIC: Without parental consent. I don’t know the law very well, so I don’t know what could happen there. But I know that these people would be able to give you more information on that.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, so what should I do then? Just — I mean, I don’t know what to do. I’m scared.

CLINIC: Right. Do you want to have a baby?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: (sighs) Well, I know you would need parental consent to get an abortion. Your boyfriend would not be good enough. You need –

CALLER: Oh, but I can’t tell my parents at all.

CLINIC: The legally I don’t think they’ll do an abortion, ma’am. Like I’m telling you, they would be able to give you more information. They are the ones that perform it.

CALLER: Oh. But if the pregnancy test came out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control there?

CLINIC: Yes, ma’am. We can help you. You don’t need parental consent for that.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: Yes.

CALLER: Well –

CLINIC: But if you’re not pregnant, ma’am, you need to make sure you go get on some condoms or something to be using.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Just because you’re not pregnant right now doesn’t mean you can’t get pregnant.

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, would it be all right — like I can’t drive yet. But my, would it be all right if my boyfriend picked up like the birth control though?

CLINIC: The birth control pills? No. You have to come in for an exam.

CALLER: Oh. Well, after that? Could he pick up like the pills or whatever?

CLINIC: I’m sure when you come in we can make some kind of arrangements.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay, ma’am.

CALLER: You’ve been so helpful. Thanks. What was your name?

CLINIC: My name is Eliza. If you want to, ma’am, you can come here Wednesday morning.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: And we can go ahead and take care of the pregnancy test, or like I said you can call that number. I know an abortion’s going to cost you a pretty penny, and –

CALLER: Okay. How much?

CLINIC: I’m thinking about $350 and up.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: You can call that number. They know more about all the legal procedures.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And I think there might be a way for you to go around telling your parents but you would have to go through a judge.

CALLER: Oh, really?

CLINIC: So — yes.

CALLER: Do I need a lawyer for that or anything?

CLINIC: I don’t think you do.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: Uh-huh. Like I said, they would be able to give you more information on that.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: But feel free to come on by or send him to get some condoms for you on Wednesday if you don’t come in for a pregnancy test.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: So could he just come in and get –

CLINIC: Yeah, he can come in. It’s going to cost him $2 a dozen.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: All right. Thanks.

CLINIC: Uh-huh. You’re welcome, ma’am.

CALLER: Bye.

CLINIC: Bye.

(phone clicks)

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#481 – Planned Parenthood in Corpus Christi, TX

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
4410 DILLION LN. # 1
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX 78415-5333
361-857-0101

TAPE – 481

(dialing sounds) (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. This is Veronica.

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: The only doctor who does it here, Dr. Akino.

CALLER: Oh. Well, do you have the number for him?

CLINIC: Uh-huh. 888-7972.

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. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just sign whatever it is, and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody anything?

CLINIC: You could try asking. If not, you’ll have to get a, like a thing called like a bypass where you go into I believe the courthouse and you go in front of a judge and, you know, let them know why you need this done, why you don’t want to have a baby, why you feel abortion is the correct thing to do for you at this time, and then if they approve it you don’t need your parents to do that. If they approve for you to have one, they’ll write you a bypass and you take it to the doctor and they’ll do it for you.

CALLER: Do they ever not approve it?

CLINIC: It just depends. If they feel like you don’t know enough about abortion, if you don’t — if you feel like it’s just something to do and you might regret it later. You really have to stand your ground and know that that’s what you want and you know that’s what you want and what it’s about. You know?

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, how much does that cost?

CLINIC: The bypass?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: I don’t think there’s a cost.

CALLER: Really? Okay. But would they have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: I don’t — no. That’s what it’s for. That way your parent — you can go on your own without your parents.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, could I — I’m just really worried about all this because like I haven’t had my period since like December 21, and I’m scared. I mean, usually it’s — my periods are normal.

CLINIC: Right. Well, I would think you need to do this as soon as possible because the further along you are the more expensive it’s going to be to have it terminated.

CALLER: Well, could I come in there for a pregnancy test to see if I really was pregnant?

CLINIC: Um-hum. 8:30 to 11:00, 1:30 to 4:00.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know, would you guys have to tell my parents that I was there for that though?

CLINIC: No. Uh-uh.

CALLER: Okay. But me and my — like my boyfriend would be the only way I could get there. Would you have to say anything about him though?

CLINIC: No. Uh-uh. It’s all confidential here.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: It’s just, we were talking about it. We decided we didn’t’ want anyone to know about us. So.

CLINIC: Right.

CALLER: But he was going to pay for everything. Would he have to sign anything though?

CLINIC: How old are you?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: When you come, you fill out your own paperwork. We put you in the program that you don’t have, you won’t have to pay. So there’s no charge. And everything’s confidential. We don’t call, we don’t do anything to your parents.

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

CLINIC: Uh-huh. Yeah. Same thing. No cost. We schedule you an appointment. And we don’t contact anybody that you’re here, that, you know, we need permission to see you, nothing like that.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, if I was on birth control would my boyfriend be able to pick up the pills? Because I can’t drive yet.

CLINIC: Yeah. What we would do, the day you’re here, get your exam, we give you three months worth. You will have to come in at the end of the three months because we check your weight and blood pressure to see how you’re doing on these pills. And if they’re fine, then you can take the rest of the year with you.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: All right. Thanks.

CLINIC: Um-hum. Bye bye.

CALLER: Bye.

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#470 – Planned Parenthood in San Benito, TX

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
195 E. HEYWOOD ST.
SAN BENITO, TX 78586-4632
956-399-2662

TAPE – 470

(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. May I help you?

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

CLINIC: No, ma’am, we don’t.

CALLER: Oh. Well, do you know of any place that does?

CLINIC: You can look it up in the yellow pages under “abortions.”

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, do you know — like I’m just really worried because like my friend told me that — like I’m going to be 14 in March, and she said that 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 anybody?

CLINIC: Let me — let me tell you something, ma’am.

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: By you being 14 and your boyfriend is 22, it’s going to be reported also to the law.

CALLER: Why?

CLINIC: Because it’s considered statutory rape.

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

CLINIC: I understand that.

CALLER: What could happen?

CLINIC: Let me — don’t get angry, ma’am. I’m just telling you what’s going to happen, okay?

CALLER: Um-hum.

CLINIC: That means he’s three years older than you are.

CALLER: Um-hum.

CLINIC: Okay? I wouldn’t even bring this up if I were you.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay? Because if you do, yes, this is considered statutory rape, and he will be prosecuted for a rapist, okay? Regardless of your consenting it. Another thing is, yes you do need a parental consent for this abortion or you would have to go in front of a judge and get the permission to get it. If you don’t want your parents to find out, you need to get a judge consent.

CALLER: Well, how much does that cost?

CLINIC: It’s just going to be depending on how far along you are.

CALLER: Oh. Well, how do you know?

CLINIC: From your last — are you sure you’re pregnant now?

CALLER: Not really. I’m just scared because like my last period was like December 21st.

CLINIC: Okay, and you haven’t had a pregnancy test done?

CALLER: No. Could I come in there for that?

CLINIC: You can.

CALLER: But would you have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: I don’t want to know who you are, okay? Put it that way.

CALLER: It’s just, the thing is, I’m not old enough to drive, and my boyfriend would be the only one that could take me. But would he be reported if he took me?

CLINIC: If he sat outside, no.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: But like I said, if anybody finds out that he’s three years older than you are, this is considered rape.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Especially with the new laws that there is. Thank God that you’re not 13, because if you were 13 things would be worse.

CALLER: But I’ll be 14 in March. I am 13 right now.

CLINIC: Oooh. Okay. Let me tell you one more thing before you come in. If I do have a positive result, I do have to report you.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: I do have to report you — by law. If I do have a positive pregnancy test on you, I will have to report you.

CALLER: Well, is there any way to get a pregnancy test without coming in?

CLINIC: Hold on. Unless you — have you bought one over the counter at like Walmart, HEB?

CALLER: No. Are those usually right though?

CLINIC: If you do them correctly, they should be.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: Okay. Well, if that came out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I come over there to get birth control?

CLINIC: We can get you started on something, yes, ma’am.

CALLER: But would you have to tell anybody though?

CLINIC: Okay. If any of your results — okay. No. But if any of your results did come back positive, yes we would have to.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: You don’t have to give us the information that your boyfriend is 13 — I mean 22. But then if I have any positive results like say chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, any of the sexually transmitted infection results do come back positive, yes, definitely we will have to report it anyway.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: So I can’t get birth control until I’m tested though?

CLINIC: Well, we’ll give you some, but we will test you at the time.

CALLER: Oh. But if any of the tests come back where I’m positive then –

CLINIC: Yes. Then we would have to by law.

CALLER: Well, do you know — like the thing is I can’t drive. So would my boyfriend be able to pick up like the birth control pills?

CLINIC: He would have to — hold on, ma’am. (pause) Ma’am?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: Okay. Like I said, we will be glad to help you out as much as we can, but if I do have any positive results I will definitely have to report you by law.

CALLER: Oh. Well, all right. Well, thanks for saying, answering all my questions. I just don’t have anybody to talk to. So.

CLINIC: The thing is that if you’re nervous also, that will also make your period be held up. Are you irregular in your periods, or –

CALLER: Usually.

CLINIC: Usually? Okay. Are you having any nausea, breast tenderness?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: Feeling tired?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: No? Like I said, we can do a pregnancy test on you, and if it’s negative yes we can see you this afternoon, and we can do a complete physical exam on you, and we can check you for everything and get you started on a method of birth control. But if by your boyfriend being 22, it’s not, not correct. Not correct, because for the fact that you’re still very, very young and actually he knows more than what you do, and he is considered an adult.

CALLER: Okay. Well, I’m going to — I just really need to think about all this. I’ll, I’m going to run out and get a pregnancy test. But could I call and talk to you if I had any other questions?

CLINIC: Sure. You may.

CALLER: What was your name?

CLINIC: Marie.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Thank you.

CLINIC: Uh-huh. Good luck.

CALLER: Bye.

CLINIC: Um-hum.

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#484 – Planned Parenthood in Midland, TX

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
307 E. TEXAS AVE.
MIDLAND, TX 79701-5365
915-570-5184

TAPE – 484

(dialing sounds) (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: Good morning, Planned Parenthood.

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

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Oh. Well, how much does that cost?

CLINIC: When was your last period?

CALLER: December 21st.

CLINIC: It will be $375 up to 13 weeks, and then from 13 to 15 it’s $525.

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

CLINIC: No. We still have to notify your parents.

CALLER: Oh. Well, is there any way not to have to tell them? Because they can’t find out at all.

CLINIC: You can do a judicial bypass. But most of the time they’re not granted.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: You’ll have to get an attorney and you can do it that way.

CALLER: Oh. Well, how much does that cost?

CLINIC: That I’m not too sure how expensive that is.

CALLER: Well, could I come in there and get a — would you guys do a pregnancy test to see if I was pregnant though?

CLINIC: Yeah. We can do that.

CALLER: Okay. It’s just, I’m really scared and I don’t know what to do. So.

CLINIC: Right. I understand, but those are your — I mean –

CALLER: Would you have to tell anybody that I was getting a pregnancy test though?

CLINIC: No, we can do that without telling nobody.

CALLER: Okay. Well, would it be all right like if my boyfriend was there with me because that would be the only way that I could get there?

CLINIC: Yeah, that’s fine.

CALLER: But you wouldn’t have to — we were just talking about all this, and we decided that we didn’t want anyone to know about us. Would you have to ask him anything?

CLINIC: Ask him anything?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Really? But if he’s paying for everything, would he have to sign anything?

CLINIC: No. Uh-uh.

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

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

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

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Okay. It’s just, the only thing is like I can’t drive because I’m not old enough. But like could my boyfriend come and pick up like the birth control pills?

CLINIC: I’m sorry. Say that again.

CALLER: Since I can’t drive, would it be all right if my boyfriend picked up like birth control pills?

CLINIC: Your boyfriend?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: The first two sets you’re going to have to pick up because we’ll have to check your weight and blood pressure to make sure it’s okay. Okay?

CALLER: But after that would it be all right?

CLINIC: It will be all right if he’s on your emergency contact list.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay. What was your name again?

CLINIC: My name’s Melody.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Uh-huh. Bye bye.

(phone clicks)

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#439 – Planned Parenthood in Waco, TX

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
1927 COLUMBUS AVE.
WACO, TX 76701-1032
254-759-5772

TAPE – 439

(dialing sounds) (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. Pam. May I help you?

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

CLINIC: Yes, ma’am.

CALLER: Okay. Well, how much does that cost?

CLINIC: Depends on how far along you are. When was the first day of your last period?

CALLER: December 21st.

CLINIC: Okay. It would be $390.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, do you know — like, well, 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. Is he old enough to take care of it, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about anything?

CLINIC: No, ma’am. One of your parents has to come with you.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: Yes, ma’am.

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

CLINIC: Not with you’re 14 and he’s 22?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: Did you know that that’s statutory rape in the state of Texas?

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

CLINIC: Okay. Because of you age and because of his age we would have to report that.

CALLER: To who?

CLINIC: To the police.

CALLER: Well, what could happen?

CLINIC: Well, he could be arrested.

CALLER: He could be arrested?

CLINIC: Yes, ma’am.

CALLER: Well, he can’t be arrested. I mean, he’s — we’re going to get married, and he’s going to take care of me for the rest of our lives.

CLINIC: Hmm.

CALLER: I mean –

CLINIC: That’s just the law, ma’am.

CALLER: Uh-huh. Well, what can I do then?

CLINIC: I don’t know what you could do. If you come into this clinic, I’m letting you know ahead of time that we have to report that to the police.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: And that he stands the possibility of being arrested. So I did, I do want to let you know that.

CALLER: Well, what —

CLINIC: Plus, we have to send — one of your parents has to bring you for the procedure. Or you could go before a judge and get what’s called a judicial bypass with — but with your situation I don’t know if that would be good for you to do because of his age.

CALLER: Well, would it be better just not to tell anybody about him?

CLINIC: Well, they’re going to ask you some questions.

CALLER: Yeah? So you don’t think that I could get a judicial bypass?

CLINIC: If you explain that to the judge, it’s possible. I really couldn’t tell you. I really wouldn’t know. Hold on a minute.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: (pause) Do you have a good reason for not telling your mother?

CALLER: Well, I can’t tell them at all. I mean, I don’t know what would happen. They’d be furious.

CLINIC: Well, yeah. But I mean, that wouldn’t be a good enough reason for you to tell the judge. You have to be able to convince a judge why are you getting this procedure. You would have to be able to convince him.

CALLER: Well, what should I say?

CLINIC: Girl, I don’t know. In your situation, I don’t know.

CALLER: Well, how could I find out that I was pregnant for sure?

CLINIC: You could take a urine pregnancy test.

CALLER: Oh. Do I come in there for that?

CLINIC: Have you taken the test?

CALLER: No. I’m just really worried because I haven’t had my period for awhile.

CLINIC: Okay. You come here and you take this test, and your test turns out to be positive? We have to report that.

CALLER: But what if it was negative?

CLINIC: If it’s negative, you don’t have anything to worry about. But if your test is positive, then we have to report that.

CALLER: Well, could I get on birth control if it was negative?

CLINIC: Yeah. You can get on birth control.

CALLER: But would you have to tell anybody if I was on birth control though?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: Um-um.

CALLER: And my boyfriend wouldn’t get in trouble?

CLINIC: Have you missed a period?

CALLER: Yeah. Haven’t had it since December 21st.

CLINIC: Ooh. So, and you’ve been having unprotected sex?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, (sighs) it’s possible that you could be pregnant, and if you are pregnant and you come in here, we’d have to report it.

CALLER: Oh. But if I wasn’t, you wouldn’t have to say anything?

CLINIC: Right.

CALLER: Well, so, could I get birth control if I wasn’t pregnant then?

CLINIC: Yes, ma’am, you could get birth control. It’s $28 one-time charge and then the pills are $15 a pack. For your very first would be $43. And then it would be $15 a pack after that. But if you have a missed period, then you’re not going to be able to get birth control from us until you have a period. You’d have to be on your period to start the birth control pills.

CALLER: Well, would anybody have to know about my boyfriend if I was in birth control?

CLINIC: No, ma’am.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: No, long as your test comes out negative.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: So you want to come in?

CALLER: Well, I got to talk to my boyfriend to see. But –

CLINIC: Yeah — you, yeah, that’s something you need to discuss with him, because if you come in here and your test is positive, we have to report that.

CALLER: Oh. All right.

CLINIC: Okay? And we definitely could not give you an abortion without one of your parents coming with you unless you got a judicial bypass, and I don’t even know how you would go before a judge with your situation. You know what I’m saying?

CALLER: Yeah. All right.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay. So –

CLINIC: Something to think about.

CALLER: So I’ll just call you back. Okay, thanks.

CLINIC: All right.

CALLER: Bye.

CLINIC: Bye bye.

(phone clicks)

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#450 – Planned Parenthood in San Antonio, TX

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
11514 PERRIN BEITEL RD.
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78217-2113
210-590-0202

TAPE – 450

(dialing sounds) (ringing 3X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. This is Veronica. Can I help you?

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

CLINIC: Yes.

CALLER: You do?

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: Well, how much does that cost?

CLINIC: They’re $290.

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

CLINIC: No. If you don’t want to tell your parents, you would have to go through court.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And get permission from a judge to have it done.

CALLER: Oh, well, how do I do that? Like do I need like a lawyer or anything?

CLINIC: No. You would come in here. We have to give you a pregnancy test first to confirm it with us, and then we would give you paperwork that you could take a judge and have him sign it, and then you can come back and have it done.

CALLER: Oh. Well, does he ever say no?

CLINIC: No. Not that I know of.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, what time could I come in for a pregnancy test then?

CLINIC: You can walk in. We’re open until 7:00.

CALLER: Today?

CLINIC: Yeah, and it’s $10 for urine test and $25 for a blood draw.

CALLER: Okay. Well, me and my boyfriend were talking about this and he said that he was going to pay for everything, but we don’t want anyone to know about us. Would you have to have him sign anything?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: It’s just your information and everything’s confidential.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

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

CLINIC: Yes.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: Um-hum.

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

CLINIC: No, ma’am. Everything’s confidential here. Nobody will find out anything about any of our patients.

CALLER: Oh, okay. All right. I’m just worried because like my parents can’t find out at all. I mean, I don’t know what they would do if they found out. So.

CLINIC: Okay. Once you start birth control you need to be on your menstrual cycle, and it’s $35 for office visit and $16 for a pack of pills.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, would it be all right — like say that I wasn’t pregnant. Would it be all right if he picked up the birth control because I don’t have a car. I can’t drive.

CLINIC: You would have to come in for the initial like patient education of the pills and then you could put him on your list to pick them up and he can get them for you.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay. And what was your name again?

CLINIC: Veronica.

CALLER: Okay. Thank you.

CLINIC: You’re welcome. Bye bye.

CALLER: Bye.

(phone clicks)

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#461 – Planned Parenthood in El Paso, TX

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
1801 WYOMING AVE. # 202
EL PASO, TX 79902-5707
915-544-8195

TAPE – 461

(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. May I help you?

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

CLINIC: Not here personally at the Planned Parenthood. No, we don’t. All we do is refer out.

CALLER: Oh. Well, do you know of any place that does then?

CLINIC: In the city, in El Paso?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Yeah. There’s a place called Reproductive Services. Yeah, in Yandel.

CALLER: Do you have the number for that?

CLINIC: I can look it up. Just a moment, please.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: I’m sorry to keep you waiting. I was on the other side of the desk and now I can’t put my hands on it. Just hang on. It’s here. I had my rolladex. It’s on Yandel in the downtown area. It’s Reproductive Services. Now hang on. All the little cards are sticking together. This isn’t working. What part of the city are you in?

CALLER: I’m just like by the freeway. By Ft. Bliss.

CLINIC: Ft. Bliss, okay. Then that’s not too far to go over. Well, for goodness sake. Can you believe, it would be faster pulling out the phone book. Here we go. 544-2865.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All right, thanks.

CALLER: Could I ask you a quick question?

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: I’m just really worried about all this.

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: I’m going to be 14 in March, and my friend said that they would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of that and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: You know, that’s a question that I really can’t answer you, and I’d hate to give you some bad advice. I really don’t know because of your age. What you’re going to have to do is call them and ask them what’s going on with the laws with that now to make sure, you know, to see what you can do. Because it’s tricky because you are 14. You are even — if you were 18 it would be no problem, but you’re 14. Even though he’s 22, it has nothing to do with your age. That’s the problem. But call them. You know, there’s no way they can tell who you are over the phone. It’s just like you’re talking to me now. I don’t know who you are. So just call them and ask them your questions.

CALLER: Okay. Well, could I come there to get a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: From our clinic? Sure. Sure you can.

CALLER: Yeah?

CLINIC: Yeah, there’s one on the five points that I can give you the telephone number. They can give you a pregnancy test.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: The sooner you know the better. Then you have more time to make up your mind what you’re going to do. Okay? It’s never good to wait.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Even if they say you’re still too early, that’s better to hear that then you’ve waited too long. So let me see. The clinic at the five points, which is our main one is 566-6707. Call them and just say you’d like a pregnancy test, what do you need to do? If you need financial help, tell them that too.

CALLER: Oh. Well, so I couldn’t come there for a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: No. This is the offices. This is the administration office.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Where we do — you know, we take care of all the clinics’ paperwork. But, no, we don’t –

CALLER: Well, would they have to tell anybody that I was there for a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: No, and there’s no way by law that they — no. No.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: You know? I don’t know what name you’re going to give them, so. You know, they wouldn’t know.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: They shouldn’t ask for a check. I wouldn’t think so.

CALLER: Well, if it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control there do you think?

CLINIC: Sure can. Oh, yeah. That’s one of the things we believe in, so sure. Yeah.

CALLER: But would they have to tell anybody I was on birth control though?

CLINIC: No. There’s nobody they have to notify. Like your family doctor, you mean, or something, or your parents?

CALLER: Right.

CLINIC: Again, being that you’re 14, I don’t know exactly what the clinics do on that, but I would think not. But, you know, don’t quote me on that because I don’t know. But call and ask, just like you’re asking me. It doesn’t’ hurt to ask. Okay? And if they don’t put you on the pill, if they can’t for some reason or another, then you need to do your homework. Then call us back and ask for the Education Department, and they’ll explain all of the birth control that’s out there.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay? So if you can’t do one then you at least can do something else. Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All right. Good luck.

CALLER: Thanks. You’ve been really nice. What’s your name?

CLINIC: My name is Andrea.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay. Take care of yourself.

CALLER: Thank you.

CLINIC: Bye bye.

CALLER: Bye.

(phone clicks)

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