Listen to the Call:
12885 RESEARCH BLVD. # 101 A
AUSTIN, TX 78750-3223
TAPE – 457
(dialing sounds) (ringing 1X)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. May I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: We sure don’t, but I’ve got some numbers of places that do.
CLINIC: Have a pen?
CLINIC: Okay. I have the Austin Reproductive Services. The number’s 458-8274. I have the Austin Women’s Health Center. The number’s 443-2888. And I have one more if you’d like it. 835-6403. That’s the Austin Community Healthcare Center.
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. But like my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of it and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: No. Yeah, you have to be 18 in order to get an abortion in Texas. So if that was — have you done a pregnancy test?
CALLER: No. I’m just really scared because I haven’t had my period since like December 21st.
CLINIC: Okay. What you would want to do is, if it ends up that you are pregnant I can give you some numbers to call. Hold on one second for me, okay?
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CLINIC: Okay. Still there?
CLINIC: Okay. If you find out that you are pregnant and you, you know, your parents won’t go with you to get an abortion or they won’t let you, you can call this number, and these people could possibly help you out.
CLINIC: Okay? You have a pencil?
CLINIC: Okay. It’s 1-866-999-5263.
CALLER: Okay. And who are they exactly?
CLINIC: This is a — it’s called Jane’s Due Process, and it’s an organization that works for equal access for Texas minors to abortion.
CALLER: Okay. Does it cost anything?
CLINIC: Probably very, very little.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: But you might want to give them a call and just — first of all, you’re going to want to do a pregnancy test to make sure before you start calling, you know, them.
CALLER: Well, could I go in there for, where you’re at and do it?
CLINIC: Yeah, you can come in here and do a pregnancy test. You can do that. It runs $20.
CALLER: Okay. Well, he said he was going to pay for everything, but we didn’t want anyone to know anything about us. Would you guys have to know about him and ask questions, or –
CLINIC: I don’t have to know anything about him as long as you don’t tell me.
CALLER: Okay. Okay. Well, if it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys have birth control there?
CALLER: You do?
CLINIC: Yeah. We would have to set you up an appointment to meet with the nurse.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: Okay? So that would be –
CALLER: It’s just I don’t want to have to go through all this again, so.
CLINIC: Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. So then you need to do a pregnancy test and figure out where you are from there.
CALLER: Okay. Well, if I was on birth control, would you guys have to tell anybody that I was?
CLINIC: No. I wouldn’t have to tell anybody that you were on birth control. No.
CLINIC: No. No. I just don’t want to know anything about your boyfriend. All right?
CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, it’s just I don’t drive. Would he be able to pick it up though? I mean, I’m not old enough to drive yet. He would be the only way I could pick them up.
CLINIC: Right. Yeah, as long as they know he’s not your boyfriend.
CALLER: Oh. Okay.
CLINIC: Yeah. I need to not know that. Okay?
CALLER: Okay. You’ve been a big help. What was your name?
CLINIC: My name’s Janet. You just need to — you know, because you all are treading on some treacherous ground there with the age differences. Do you know what I’m talking about?
CALLER: No, not really.
CLINIC: Okay. Because you’re -
CALLER: What do you mean?
CLINIC: Well, he’s a whole lot older than you, and he could — he could get himself into some trouble.
CALLER: What kind? What do you mean?
CLINIC: Well, he could go to jail because there’s a big age difference.
CALLER: He could go to jail?
CLINIC: He could if someone pressed charges.
CALLER: But we’re in love. We’re going to get married. Why would — he’s, he has to be there to take care of me. I don’t understand.
CLINIC: I know, sweetie, but it’s because you’re a minor.
CALLER: But he loves me. I mean — he’s the only one that’s there for me.
CLINIC: I understand. I’m just telling you for your own, for your own knowledge, okay? It’s not a Planned Parenthood rule. It’s a Texas rule.
CALLER: So it’s better just not to have him involved, or not to say anything?
CLINIC: Right, not to, not to say that there’s — yeah. So tell me, how old are you?
CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.
CLINIC: Okay, 14, and are your parents around here, or –
CALLER: Oh, I live with my parents.
CALLER: But they just can’t — like they know we’re going out, but they just don’t really like him because they think he’s too old for me. But I mean, he’s only 22. I mean, he’s not that old.
CLINIC: Right. But –
CALLER: And he loves me, and we’re happy.
CALLER: And he’s the only one that ever listens to me.
CLINIC: Yeah, and I’m glad that he’s there for you. I am. I’m glad that he is, but the age difference in Texas if you all are having sex, it would be reportable if anybody wanted to report it.
CALLER: But you wouldn’t have to report him if we came in there?
CLINIC: Not if I didn’t know about it.
CALLER: All right.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: All right.
CALLER: Thank you.
CLINIC: Um-hum. Bye bye.
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