1823 E. 7TH ST.
AUSTIN, TX 78702-2713
TAPE – 455
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CLINIC: Thank you for calling Planned Parenthood on East 7th Street. (Spanish interpretation. For information on our hours, press 1. (dial tone)
Our office hours are 9:00 to 6:30 Monday through Friday and on Saturdays from 9:00 to 4:00. Monday through Friday we have walk-in clinic from 9:00 to 12:00.
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CALLER: Hi. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: No, we don’t do them on-site. I do have some places, referrals that I could give you.
CLINIC: Do you have a pen and paper handy?
CLINIC: Okay. Let’s look at this. Okay. Write down — let’s see. Okay, let’s do this. Let’s put down Austin Community Health Care Center, and the number there is 835-6403. Austin Reproductive Services, 458-8274. Okay?
CALLER: Well, do you know — like I’m just worried because like, well, I’m going to be 14 in March, and my friend told me that they would have to tell my parents I was getting an abortion. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of all that and –
CALLER: — they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: No. If you’re not legally married to him, no, he cannot.
CLINIC: No. He cannot. If you’re only 14?
CALLER: Yeah. Well, I’ll be 14 in March.
CLINIC: You have to go through the legal process called Jane’s Due Process.
CALLER: Okay. What is that?
CLINIC: That’s where you try to obtain an abortion without your parents’ consent.
CALLER: Okay. Well, how much does that cost?
CLINIC: It’s a legal process that you would go through. I don’t think they charge you anything for the paperwork and all that. But, you know, you would have to pay for the abortion itself.
CALLER: Oh, well, do they have to tell my parents or anything?
CLINIC: Those start at $435.
CALLER: Oh. Well, do you know if they have to tell my parents?
CLINIC: No. When you would do Jane’s Due Process you would petition the court. In other words, you’re petitioning a judge.
CALLER: Oh. Well, does the judge ever say no?
CLINIC: I don’t know. I don’t — I don’t think so. I think this is what happens. You go through kind of a little survey with them, and they see where you’re at with wanting to have that done. If the judge does not respond — I think he has two days to respond to it. If he doesn’t then automatically you get it.
CALLER: Oh, really?
CLINIC: But I mean, you would have to go through court to get it done without your parents’ consent. And another thing, if that guy is 22 years old, I mean why — and you’re 14?
CALLER: Well, I’ll be 14 in March.
CLINIC: You’re just 13?
CLINIC: And he’s 22?
CLINIC: Okay, first of all, he’s going to jail.
CALLER: Why is he going to jail? What for?
CLINIC: Because, that’s statutory rape. You’re 13 years old.
CALLER: But he’s not raping me. I mean, we’re in love. We’re going to get married.
CLINIC: I know, but you cannot, even with consent. You can’t have sex with a person that’s 13 and you’re 22.
CALLER: Well, he can’t go to jail. I mean –
CLINIC: Well, you know, any place would have to report it.
CALLER: Well, any place I go, you mean?
CLINIC: Uh-huh. He would be reported.
CALLER: Well, um, I really just wanted to get a pregnancy test. I’m just really worried because like I haven’t had my period since like December 21st, and I’m just scared. I don’t know what to do.
CLINIC: Okay. But I’m just telling you, we do have to report it. You know?
CALLER: Even if I come in for a pregnancy test?
CLINIC: Um-hum. We do have to report it.
CALLER: Well, what can I do then?
CLINIC: Because you are a minor, and he’s an adult.
CALLER: Well, I don’t want him to go to jail.
CLINIC: Well, I mean –
CALLER: Is there anything I can do?
CLINIC: A 13-year-old cannot give consent as far as having sex. At 22, you should not, you should know better than to have sex with a 13-year-old.
CALLER: Well, what can I do?
CLINIC: You said he takes care of you. Talk to him and see what happens.
CALLER: But he told me to call you guys.
CALLER: I mean, we’ve been talking about this.
CLINIC: But that shows that he’s not very mature though. So now, you got to think of what’s the next best thing for you to do.
CALLER: Right. What would that be?
CLINIC: Because if he’s 22 and you get pregnant and he don’t know what to do for you?
CLINIC: Then what kind of — how is he taking care of you?
CALLER: I don’t know.
CLINIC: That’s no help. He should have a solution for you. That’s taking care of a person. Taking care of a person is when they come to me and I tell, I can tell them exactly what we’re going to do. Not send them to someone else.
CLINIC: You know, he should bring you himself. He should — first of all, when is the last time you had a period?
CALLER: December 21st.
CLINIC: Okay. You haven’t had a period since December 21st?
CLINIC: How long have you had your periods, honey?
CALLER: Well, like a couple years.
CLINIC: Okay. You’ve already had them for a couple of years. And are they regular?
CLINIC: They come each month?
CLINIC: Okay, and near the same time?
CLINIC: Okay. Have you had any other symptoms?
CLINIC: Like being sick at the stomach?
CLINIC: No vomiting?
CLINIC: Sore breasts?
CLINIC: Okay. Pains in the abdomen?
CLINIC: So why do you think you’re pregnant?
CALLER: Well, I just haven’t had my period for a couple months now.
CLINIC: Did you go to HEB and buy a pregnancy test?
CLINIC: Okay. Make him do that for you.
CALLER: Oh. Well, are those usually right?
CLINIC: Yes, they are. You know what you’re going to do? Write down this name. You’re going to get a Fact-Plus. REPT, early pregnancy test. Those are most like the ones that we use here.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I come in there and get birth control though?
CLINIC: Yeah, sure.
CALLER: But would you guys have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: No. Not about the birth control, but if you test pregnant and you’re 13, we do have to report that.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: I’m just telling you so that you’ll know, you know, and it won’t be any confusion when you come here.
CLINIC: Because at 13 we would have to report it.
CALLER: Well, if I was on birth control, would he be able to pick up the pills? Because I can’t drive. I’m not old enough.
CLINIC: Yeah. You could leave a note with your chart saying that you give such and such a person permission to pick up your pills.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: Um-hum. But go ahead and go and — I mean, have him to buy you a pregnancy test and do that one.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: And then, you know, if you are, if it says positive, then you’ll know where to go from there. If it says negative, then obviously you won’t have to have any worries. Right?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Basically right now all you’re trying to find out is if you are pregnant or not, right?
CLINIC: Okay. Do that first before you start getting ahead of yourself.
CALLER: Well, if I had any other questions could I call and talk to you? What was your name?
CLINIC: I’m Shirley.
CALLER: All right. Thank you.
CLINIC: And your name?
CALLER: I’m Christine.
CLINIC: Okay, Christine. Call me back.
CLINIC: Okay, bye bye.
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