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#594 – Planned Parenthood – Capital Hill Clinic in Seattle, WA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD – CAPITAL HILL CLINIC
2001 E. MADISON ST
SEATTLE, WA 98122-2959
206-328-7700

TAPE – 594

(dialing sounds) (ringing 1X)

RECORDING: Thank you for calling Planned Parenthood Capital Hill Clinic. This message has four options, but you can press zero at any time to reach a patient care coordinator. To make an appointment or to speak with a patient care coordinator, please press 1. For clinic hours — (dial sound)

(ringing 4X)

CLINIC: Thank you for holding. I’m sorry. Can I ask you to hold a little longer?

CALLER: Oh. Well, I was just actually wondering if you guys do abortions there?

CLINIC: No, we do not.

CALLER: Oh. Well, do you know –

CLINIC: What area of Seattle are you in ?

CALLER: I’m in Marysville.

CLINIC: Okay, kind of north?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. You can call our Kenmore or Everett. Which one would be more convenient?

CALLER: Probably the Kenmore one.

CLINIC: Okay. There at 425-482-1122.

CALLER: Okay. Well, it’s just — the thing is I’m going to be, I’ll be 14 next month, 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 it and they wouldn’t have to ask him –

CLINIC: Yes, but, Honey, don’t tell anybody that.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: That’s illegal.

CALLER: What?

CLINIC: That your boyfriend is 22 if you’re 13.

CALLER: Well, what could happen?

CLINIC: I don’t want that kind of information. Just call Kenmore and they can help you out, and we don’t call your parents no matter what. We don’t do that. And they won’t call your parents, but I just — that’s not a good thing.

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

CLINIC: You sure can.

CALLER: Because you guys are actually closer.

CLINIC: Uh-huh. You can walk in for a pregnancy test.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, how much does — well –

CLINIC: Those are free, and you don’t need an appointment. Okay?

CALLER: Oh. Well, if it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys have birth control there too?

CLINIC: Yeah, we do. We can get you an appointment for that and get you all taken care of.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, if I had any other questions, could I call and ask you?

CLINIC: Oh, sure.

CALLER: What was your name?

CLINIC: This is Deborah.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Thanks.

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Bye bye.

CALLER: Bye.

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#595 – Mount Baker Planned Parenthood in Bellingham, WA

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MOUNT BAKER PLANNED PARENTHOOD
500 GRAND AVE.
BELLINGHAM, WA 98225-4025
360-734-9095

TAPE – 595

(dialing sounds) (ringing 1X)

RECORDING: Welcome to Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood. Please choose from the following four menu options. For directions to the Bellingham Clinic, for Bellingham Clinic hours, press 1 now. For test results of tests performed only at the Bellingham clinic, press 2 now. To make or change an appointment at any of our clinics or to speak with a staffperson press 3 now. (dial sound) Please hold on while I try that extension.

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. Can I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there?

CLINIC: We don’t actually do them here at this clinic. We do pretermination services. So if you wanted to have an abortion, we could do the pre-exam for you. But they’re done over at our (unclear) clinic, now Baker Family Medicine.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, so I would come there for like a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: A pregnancy test, but there’s a full exam that happens before you have an ab — a termination of pregnancy. Pelvic exam to see how far along you are, a couple of STD screenings, and then there’s just a lot of information as well.

CALLER: Oh. Well, do you know, it’s just, the thing is, I’m going to be 14 next month, and my friend told me that you guys would have to tell my parents I was getting an abortion. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just sign whatever it is and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: It doesn’t matter that you’re only 13. You can do this under your own steam in Washington if you’re only 13.

CALLER: Oh, really?

CLINIC: Yeah. Yeah, so he doesn’t have to sign anything for you. You’re welcome to bring him with you of course, but. But, no, he doesn’t — because he’s not legally responsible for you because he’s not your parent. But you can be legally responsible for yourself for this healthcare situation.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: (unclear) encourage you to talk to your parents about it if you feel that you can, if you feel that you can –

CALLER: Well, no.

CLINIC: Okay. But yeah, you’re welcome to come and see us by yourself if you want to or with your boyfriend or with a friend, whoever.

CALLER: Okay. Well, it’s just, the reason, the main reason why I’m wondering about all this is because like I haven’t had my period since like December 26, and I’m just really scared.

CLINIC: Have you taken a pregnancy test yet?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: Have you had regular periods up to then?

CALLER: Usually, yeah.

CLINIC: When did you start having your period? How old were you when you started having your period?

CALLER: Well, I was 12.

CLINIC: So the first thing to do would be to take a pregnancy test, and I can actually tell you a place where we do that for free, and you don’t have to have an appointment.

CALLER: Really? Where?

CLINIC: Do you know where the DSHS office is, Department of Social and Health Services?

CALLER: Well, I live in Ferndale. I’m not real sure where that is.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, I can tell you that it’s — let’s see. Well, you’re not old enough to drive yet. So it’s in Bellingham it’s in the same shopping complex where Christ the King Church and Cost Cutter are.

CALLER: Oh, okay. I know where that is.

CLINIC: Does that sound familiar?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: In that same complex there’s a kind of a light brown brick building, and that’s the Department of Social and Health Services, DSHS, and we have a nurse practitioner there every weekday between 8:30 and 4:30.

CALLER: What’s her name?

CLINIC: Her name is Sylvia.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: And she’s just there — it’s easy to find her. You just walk in the door and you can see her. I think she’s off to the right.

CALLER: Okay. But would she have to tell anybody about anything?

CLINIC: Nope. This is completely confidential. She’s not obligated to tell anyone about what’s going on, and you’re not obligated to tell anyone about what’s going on. There’s no judges or courts or parental notification, nothing like that in Washington.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Yeah. In Washington you’re completely free to take care of you reproductive health needs as soon as you’re 13.

CALLER: Okay. Well, so my boyfriend can just drive me there and they would be able to do the pregnancy test and you wouldn’t –

CLINIC: Uh-huh. They could do the pregnancy test, and they could — and she can talk to you about, you know, if you’re pregnant, the various options that you have, and if you’re not pregnant why this might be going on and maybe to help you get started on a birth control method of some kind if you’d like to do that.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And she’ll have lots of information for you, and she’ll have information for your boyfriend too if you want to bring him along.

CALLER: So I could get birth control there and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody that I was on birth control?

CLINIC: Yep. Nope. We don’t have to tell anybody. She can only do a couple of months. You’d need to come back here to get an exam to get more months of birth control, but she’s a good place to get started because it’s quick and you don’t have to wait for an appointment.

CALLER: OH. It’s just, I don’t drive. Would he be able to pick up the pills after everything like to come there and pick up the other pills?

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: Yeah, because you can put him on your list of people that are approved to pick up pills.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: And he could pick them up for you.

CALLER: All right. Well, I just have so many questions. I mean, I can’t think of them all right now. But if I thought of one, could I call and talk to you? What was your name?

CLINIC: Yeah. My name is Becky.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Yeah. You’re very welcome to talk to me.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: And you know what you could even do? I could give you Sylvia’s phone number right now.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Because she’s the nurse practitioner, and she has a lot of information about birth control, a lot more than I do.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: So let me see. Her phone number is 714-4051. So you can talk to me if you feel comfortable, but if I have questions that I can’t answer I’ll give you a medical staffperson and they can — they’re also very helpful.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: They have lots of information too.

CALLER: But you’re just sure that no one has to know anything about this?

CLINIC: Yep. I’m absolutely sure. Quite a few very young women of ages 13 and 14 do come and see us, and we’re absolutely confidential. We — nobody is allowed legally to talk to someone after that age unless you’ve specified that it’s okay. It’s not like going to a pediatrician’s office. It’s different, because this is an adult concern.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: So you’re treated as an adult in the state of Washington.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: All right?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: I’ll talk to you later.

CALLER: Okay, thanks.

CLINIC: You’re welcome.

CALLER: Bye.

CLINIC: Bye.

(phone clicks)

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#596 – Planned Parenthood in Friday Harbor, WA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
PO BOX 1121
FRIDAY HARBOR, WA 98250-1121
360-378-6010

TAPE – 596

(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Cayman Island Planned Parenthood. This is Cheryl.

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see — well, do you guys do abortions there?

CLINIC: Not here.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: No. We refer out to places on the mainland.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay? What kind of information did you need? Did you need to come in and get any testing done, and for conformation?

CALLER: Well, I was just wondering if I could ask some questions really, like I’m just worried about all this because — well I’ll be 14 next month, 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 it and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: We have completely confidential means on taking care of that.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: And we also have programs that would cover the cost.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Especially because of your age.

CALLER: Well, my boyfriend said that he would pay for everything, so.

CLINIC: Well, that’s very good. That’s very nice. (laughs) So we wouldn’t have to worry about that. Do you need to come in and get a confirmation though by getting a pregnancy test?

CALLER: Well, I just — I don’t know what I really need, but I just am worried because I haven’t had my period since like December 26, and I’m scared.

CLINIC: Understandably so. Are you able to come in today and do that pregnancy test?

CALLER: Well, what are your hours today?

CLINIC: We’re open until 5:00.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Otherwise, Jean is here Monday from 10 until 2:00 and she’d be able to do that for you then.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: It’s pretty much whatever will work better for you.

CALLER: Well, I would want my boyfriend to come with me. Would that be all right?

CLINIC: That is perfectly fine. He is more than welcome.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: So if you wanted to come in today and have that test done, that would be great. If not, Monday from 10:00 to 2:00 Jean would be more than happy to see you.

CALLER: Okay. Well, if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I come there for birth control?

CLINIC: You sure could, and everything would be taken care of, or your boyfriend would be more than — it would be more than nice for him to help. (laughs) But we do have programs if you needed some assistance. But we do the birth control pills plus the shots once a month or once every three months.

CALLER: Well, would he be able to pick up the pills for me if –

CLINIC: Certainly. I would just have to have you sign a piece of paper that has his name on it that authorizes him to pick the pills up for you.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay. So that way my parents — well, you wouldn’t have to tell my parents about birth control?

CLINIC: Not at all. We would put an alert in the computer that you are not to be contacted at all.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: So it’s pretty much you come here or he comes here, and that’s it.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: Yes.

CALLER: So nobody would have to know about any of this?

CLINIC: Nobody at all.

CALLER: Oh. All right.

CLINIC: It’s completely confidential.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: We strive for that, because we understand. We’ve been there too.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: So if you can get here before 5:00, if you get here a little before that would be great so that we — because we have a little bit of paperwork to do.

CALLER: Right.

CLINIC: But if not, Monday 10 to 2:00 Jean is here, and just wander on in. Do you know where we are?

CALLER: Well, yeah. My boyfriend does.

CLINIC: Okay, good.

CALLER: All right. Thank you.

CLINIC: You’re very welcome.

CALLER: Bye.

(phone clicks)

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#597 – Planned Parenthood in Bremerton, WA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
2817 WHEATON WAY #211
BREMERTON, WA 98310-3440
360-373-6827

TAPE – 597

(dialing sounds) (ringing 1X)

RECORDING: Thank you for calling the Bremerton Planned Parenthood. (dial sound) Please hold for the operator. (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: Bremerton Planned Parenthood. How can I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there?

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

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

CLINIC: Based on your income.

CALLER: Oh. Well, it’s just the thing is, I’m going to be 14 next month. And I don’t have a job.

CLINIC: Okay. So if you don’t have any income, it’s $347.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know — I’m just worried because like 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? Because he said he was actually going to take, like pay for everything, so.

CLINIC: Actually when you divulge that information when you willingly divulge that kind of information, then yes we do a report.

CALLER: What? What do you mean?

CLINIC: Well you’re telling us that you are underage and that you have a boyfriend that’s older than you.

CALLER: Oh. What should I do then?

CLINIC: Well, I guess you have a couple of different options.

CALLER: Like what?

CLINIC: I’m going to put you on hold for just a second, okay?

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Hi.

CALLER: Hi.

CLINIC: What you need to do is — because once you disclose to us — we don’t know your name or anything.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: But once you disclose to us we do have to report. So what you need to do is call back on another day and don’t disclose that information to us because by law we have to report it, okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: So you don’t have to tell us how old your boyfriend is. We don’t care. If it’s consensual sex, we don’t care. So you just need to pretend like you didn’t call today.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, could I ask you real quick? Like I’m just worried because I haven’t had my period since like December 26, and I’m scared.

CLINIC: Okay. Have you had a pregnancy test yet?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: Okay. So you need to come in for a free pregnancy test. Can you come tomorrow?

CALLER: I think so.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: I have to call my boyfriend to see, but, yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. Yeah, so what you want to do is, you know, is to not disclose the information about that.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And we won’t ask you.

CALLER: The thing is, I can’t drive, and he’d be the only way I could get there. What should I do?

CLINIC: Hmm. Well, that’s a little tougher because, you know, in this state of Washington it’s illegal for him to be having sex with you. You understand that, don’t you?

CALLER: Well, no. I mean, we’re in love. We’re going to get married.

CLINIC: Okay. Okay. Well, the unfortunate thing is in this state that’s how the law works. You know what I’m saying?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Yeah. So that makes it a little tougher because it’s not just Planned Parenthood that has to report. It’s everywhere.
CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: So it wouldn’t matter where you went.

CALLER: Well, would it be better if he just didn’t — like if he dropped me off?

CLINIC: Yep. Yep. If he just didn’t come.

CALLER: Oh. Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: So you wouldn’t need him to sign anything? Like he said he was going to pay for everything, but would he have to sign for anything if he was paying for it?

CLINIC: Well, if he pays cash he could just give you the money.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, how much would it be? You said the pregnancy test didn’t cost anything?

CLINIC: No. So just come in for that, and then we can kind of help.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: But –

CALLER: Well, if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control though?

CLINIC: Yes, you could.

CALLER: Okay. It’s just I don’t want to have to worry about all this again, so.

CLINIC: Right. No, I understand. I totally understand.

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

CLINIC: No. You can be on birth control confidentially.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: But you don’t want to disclose your boyfriend’s age at that point either because it doesn’t matter where you go; if your boyfriend is more than six years older than you are it is against the law in this state.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: If you’re underage. So I’m just giving you that heads up.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay? So it wouldn’t matter where you went, if they knew how old he was it would have to be reported to CPS.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, I just have so many questions.

CLINIC: I know.

CALLER: If I thought of anything else, could I call and talk to you? What’s your name?

CLINIC: My name is Sherry.

CALLER: Okay. All right.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Bye.

CALLER: Bye.

(phone clicks)

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#191 – Planned Parenthood in Washington, IA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
PO BOX 44
WASHINGTON, IA 52353
319-653-3525

TAPE – 191

(dialing sound) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. This is Carol.

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

CLINIC: No, we don’t. You’d have to — the closest one would be Iowa City Planned Parenthood or Emma Goldman in Iowa City.

CALLER: I called there. They’re closed.

CLINIC: Emma Goldman or– ? Yeah.

CALLER: The Iowa City one. Like their little automated thing said that they were open on Fridays 9 to 5 but they were closed.

CLINIC: It did say that they were closed or they just couldn’t come to the phone at the moment?

CALLER: Like it said that they were closed. They weren’t even taking messages or anything.

CLINIC: Yeah. You have to just keep trying them. We don’t do that here.

CALLER: Oh. Well, is it okay if I ask you some questions? Like, well, my friend told me that you guys have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion. Is that true?

CLINIC: No. There is some legal help available, so I know that you don’t have to tell your parents. I don’t know the legalities of it, but I’m sure, you know, at one of those places they could help you out with that.

CALLER: Well, because I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: So that’s like — I would still have to — it’s not old enough or –

CLINIC: Yeah. You don’t have to tell your parents. No. That’s what I’m saying.

CALLER: Okay. Because like I can’t tell my parents at all because they can’t stand my boyfriend. Like they think he’s like — well, he’s 22, and we’re in love and we’re going to get married, but they think he’s too old for me. So they can’t find out at all.

CLINIC: Okay, yeah. I’m sure that everything there is confidential.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: You know? You just have to explain the situation to them and I’m sure that they’ll help you out with it.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you guys like do pregnancy tests there?

CLINIC: We do do pregnancy tests. You have to be 6 weeks past your menstrual period.

CALLER: Okay. Well, like my last one was like the first week in December.

CLINIC: Okay, um-hum.

CALLER: And you guys wouldn’t have to tell my parents about –

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: — getting a pregnancy –

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: So you wouldn’t have to tell anybody at all?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Okay. Is it all right if my boyfriend brings me?

CLINIC: Yeah. It’s best to make an appointment.

CALLER: Okay. I’d actually have to call him to see if he can get off work and when I can come in.

CLINIC: Okay. I could see you today at 3:30.

CALLER: Oh, well, he’s going to be at work until 5:00, so.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, we close at 5:00. But on Tuesdays we’re open later.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Tuesday will be the next day that we’re open here if you want to try back then.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: He was also wondering about birth control. Do you guys do that there?

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Would you have to tell my parents about that?

CLINIC: No. But you have to have an exam first of all. Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: With a pap. Do you know what that is?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: Okay. It’s where they test a little of the tissue from the cervix, okay? It’s like a pre-cancer screening. It’s just a preventative cancer screening.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay? But it’s required that you have one of those every year.

CALLER: Okay. But you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody about birth control at all?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: But you do — if you wanted to make an appointment for that, you know, you have to make, you have to tell me so I can make a longer appointment.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: So it’s all right if I call you back?

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: All right. Thanks.

CLINIC: You’re welcome. Bye.

(phone clicks)

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