Listen to the Call:
532 SHEPARDS DR.
WEST BEND, WI 53090-8488
TAPE – 407
(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood, West End.
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: We do not perform abortions at this clinic, but I can give you two telephone numbers for where they are performed.
CLINIC: Okay, one moment.
CLINIC: (pause) Okay, do you have a pen and paper handy?
CLINIC: Do you prefer Milwaukee or Appleton?
CALLER: Probably Appleton.
CLINIC: Appleton? Okay. Telephone number is 920-731-9534,
CALLER: Okay. Well, could I go there for a pregnancy test though?
CLINIC: Sure. They can — I mean, have you taken the home pregnancy test already?
CALLER: I’m just scared because I haven’t had my period since December 14.
CLINIC: Okay. Taking a home pregnancy test would probably be your first thing that you want to do. If that’s positive and you want to have an abortion, then you call them.
CALLER: Okay. Well, I would just rather come see you guys because my friend said that you guys were a better place to go. So.
CLINIC: Okay. How old are you?
CALLER: Well, I’ll be 14 in March.
CALLER: My friend also told me that you guys would have to tell my parents I’m getting an abortion. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could you guys — or could he just sign whatever and you wouldn’t have to say anything?
CLINIC: No, he has to be — it has to be a parent, a brother, sister, aunt and uncle or grandparent over the age of 25.
CLINIC: Or there is another way you can do it. You can go through the court system and be granted what they call a judicial bypass.
CALLER: What is that?
CLINIC: A judicial bypass is where you go and sit in front of a judge and a judge deems whether or not you’re responsible enough to make a decision to have an abortion. And it’s done through the Milwaukee County Court System.
CALLER: Well, do I need a lawyer for that?
CLINIC: Yep. They hook you up with a public defender that takes care of those things.
CALLER: Well, how much does that cost?
CLINIC: That I do not know.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, do you know if the judge ever says no?
CLINIC: They can, yes. I mean, I can’t guarantee you that he’s going to grant you, that he’s going to say yes. I mean, it depends on the individual, depends on the situation, depends on all those things.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, if I came in for a pregnancy test, like I would want my boyfriend to be there with me. Would that be all right?
CLINIC: Yeah. That would be fine.
CALLER: Okay. Well, if the pregnancy test came out that I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys do birth control there?
CLINIC: Yes, we do.
CALLER: Would you guys have to tell anybody that I was on birth control though?
CLINIC: Nope. We’re protected by Wisconsin state statute that states you have the right to receive birth control without your parents knowing about it.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, it’s just — my boyfriend and I talked about it, and we just don’t want anybody to know about us. Would you guys have to say anything or have him sign anything?
CLINIC: No. You’re — all your services are confidential here.
CALLER: All right. Well, would it be all right — like since — it’s just I don’t drive yet. Would it be all right if he picked up the birth control or anything?
CLINIC: Yeah. He can pick up your pills, but you’d have to come in and have an exam before we can even give you birth control pills.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Okay.
CLINIC: Did you want to set up an appointment for something like that?
CALLER: Well, I’d have to call him to see, but yeah I think so.
CLINIC: Okay. Why don’t you call and check with him first and then give us a call back. Okay?
CALLER: Okay. Let me call him and then I’ll call you back. What was your name?
CLINIC: My name is Jodie. I’m the nurse.
CALLER: Okay. Thanks.
CLINIC: Okay, sure. Um-hmm. Bye.
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