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WESTERN WASHINGTON PLANNED PARENTHOOD
4500 9TH AVE NE # 324
SEATTLE, WA 98105-4778
TAPE – 626
(dialing sound) (ringing 2X)
RECORDING: Thank you for calling Planned Parenthood of Western Washington’s University District Clinic. Please listen to the following options. (dial sound) Please hold for the operator. (ringing 1X)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. How can I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there?
CALLER: Oh. How much does that cost?
CLINIC: It’s based on your gross monthly income. Do you work?
CALLER: Well, no.
CLINIC: So how do you support yourself?
CALLER: Well, I’m going to be 14 this month, and I live with my parents.
CLINIC: Oh, you live with your parents. Probably about $347. Would you be able to swing that?
CALLER: Well, my boyfriend said that he would pay for everything.
CLINIC: Oh, okay.
CALLER: It’s just, the thing is, he’s 22, and he’s got a job, so.
CLINIC: Okay. So yeah. It would be probably $347.
CALLER: Okay. So is it all right if he’s paying for it and –
CLINIC: Yeah, that’s fine.
CALLER: Okay. But would you have to tell my parents?
CLINIC: No. Everything’s confidential.
CALLER: Oh. All right. It’s just, the thing is, we were talking, me and my boyfriend were talking about all this, and we don’t want a whole bunch of people to know about us. If he was paying for it all, would he have to sign any papers or anything?
CLINIC: Well, is he coming with you?
CALLER: Well, yeah. He was going to pay for everything.
CLINIC: Well, how’s he paying? Is he paying with cash, credit card?
CLINIC: Okay. No, he doesn’t have to fill out anything.
CALLER: Okay. So you wouldn’t have to tell my parents though?
CLINIC: No, I don’t think so.
CLINIC: Let me just check one other thing, okay? Can you hold for must a moment?
CLINIC: Okay. I was just checking. I was calling our, one of our counseling coordinators to check out one thing because I don’t know — you know, when you’re telling me how old you were and how old your partner was?
CLINIC: I don’t know as far as legalities as far as because he’s an adult and you’re not, that’s why I’m checking that one out. But she’s with a patient so I can’t get the answer for you right now, but I just wanted to, you know, give you all the information that you would need before you came in.
CLINIC: So that you –
CALLER: What do you mean by that?
CLINIC: Well, because of the fact that you’re under 16 and he’s an adult.
CALLER: Well, so — if I didn’t tell you, would it matter so much?
CLINIC: Yeah. Well, see right now, like I don’t even know any information about you. (laughs) So I’m just wondering, do you want to just call back in like about an hour?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: And I can just — I’ll talk to her and just run it by her and see.
CLINIC: Okay? It doesn’t sound like it’s unconsensual. I mean, it’s a consensual thing, right?
CALLER: Well, yeah. We’re in love. We’re going to get married.
CLINIC: Oh, okay. And do your parents know about him and stuff?
CALLER: Yeah. Like he works with my dad.
CLINIC: Oh, okay. So your parents know you guys are dating and all that stuff?
CLINIC: So it’s not like something where your parents –
CALLER: But they don’t know we’re having sex. I mean, they can’t find out about that at all.
CLINIC: Right. Right.
CALLER: If they knew I don’t know what they would do.
CLINIC: Right. Right. But they know that you guys are dating and that’s cool with them.
CLINIC: Oh. Okay. Okay.
CALLER: They don’t really like him. But –
CLINIC: (laughs) But still, they know you’re dating and they don’t put up a fuss about that.
CALLER: Yeah. Well, do you know — like –
CLINIC: Normally, we would, I mean, we wouldn’t normally like have to tell your parents. I don’t think that we would have to tell your parents. But what I’m wondering is, what are we legally bound to as far as — you know, because like if — usually in that kind of a situation if you’re under 16 and he’s an adult, you have to legally make a report to CPS. So that’s what I was just going to just make sure that we don’t — you know, to see if we would have to do that or not. You know, I don’t want to panic you yet, but I want to just let you know what we might be legally bound to do.
CLINIC: Does that make sense?
CALLER: Well, so if I told you guys like hold old he was you would have to –
CLINIC: Well, see that’s what I don’t know. That’s what I have to talk to our counseling coordinator about to see what we would be legally bound to. But that’s why I wanted to find out, you know, do your parents know that you’re dating him, blah, blah. So this may not be even something that we’d even have to worry about. But I don’t know. I don’t know but in all fairness to you I think you should know that before you come in. So I’m just going to run it by her and then do you want to give me a jingle back and I can let you know?
CALLER: Could I ask you real quick?
CALLER: The main reason I’m worried about all this is because I haven’t had my period since like December 26, and I’m just really scared, so.
CLINIC: But you haven’t done a home pregnancy test yet or anything?
CALLER: Well, no. I didn’t know that those were all that right.
CLINIC: They’re pretty accurate, but you can go into any of our clinics and get a pregnancy test and they’re free.
CALLER: Oh, really? Would they have to tell anybody then?
CLINIC: No, no. I mean, yeah, you can come in and we wouldn’t have to tell anybody at all.
CALLER: If it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control there?
CLINIC: Oh, yeah. Just –
CALLER: It’s just me and my boyfriend don’t want anyone to know about all this.
CLINIC: I’m sorry. What?
CALLER: It’s just, me and my boyfriend don’t want to have to worry about all this anymore.
CLINIC: Okay. Hang oh. She’s on the other phone. Let me go get, answer that call. Okay?
CLINIC: Are you there?
CLINIC: She said if we know the age difference we’re bound by law to report that to CPS or to the police.
CALLER: The police?
CLINIC: Yeah. Well, it’s because it’s — because of the age difference if it’s more than 48 months when you’re a minor 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 know. But that’s what’s in the legality terms of it. That’s what they’re called — that’s what –
CALLER: What could happen?
CLINIC: What do you mean what could happen?
CALLER: What could happen if you guys find out and report it and –
CLINIC: I don’t know. I don’t know how they would handle it. That’s the problem, because we don’t — you know, we — if we had to report it would turn it over to them, but we don’t know how they deal with it. But by law anybody who has a license and knows that has to report that kind of an age difference to CPS or to the local police. So –
CALLER: So is the best thing just to not say anything about him?
CLINIC: Well, I can’t say that. All I can say is, if we don’t know the age difference — I mean, there’s — and we don’t, you know, then there’s nothing to report. But I can’t say that you can’t tell us that.
CALLER: Okay. If I come in for the pregnancy test and it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control there?
CLINIC: Sure, yeah. We can set you up an appointment to get birth control.
CALLER: Oh. But would you have to tell anybody anything then?
CLINIC: No, no. I mean, if you’re coming in just to get birth control, that sort of thing, you know, normally like you could come in and get services as a minor without your parental permission if that’s what you’re asking.
CALLER: Okay. What time do you normally do the pregnancy tests?
CLINIC: Today we do them up until 4:00.
CALLER: Okay. Do I need an appointment for that?
CLINIC: No. We do a walk-in basis.
CALLER: Okay. If I had any other questions, could I call and talk to you? What was your name?
CLINIC: My name’s Mary.
CALLER: Okay. Thanks.