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303 WILLIAMS AVE. SW #1211
HUNTSVILLE, AL 35801-6082
TAPE – 229
(dialing sound) (ringing 2X)
CLINIC: Good afternoon. Planned Parenthood.
CALLER: Hi. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: We don’t right now at the moment. We are going to start probably in a month. How far along are you?
CALLER: Well, I’m not real sure. Like my second — or my last period was like the second week in December.
CLINIC: Okay. Which would probably be too far along by the time we start. Our Birmingham office does them.
CLINIC: Do you want me to give you their number?
CLINIC: Okay. It’s 205 is the area code. 322-2121.
CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know if — like my friend told me that since like I’ll be 14 in March that you guys have to tell my parents. But can I just have my boyfriend do it because he’s going to be — he’s 22.
CLINIC: Uh-huh. No. It has to be your mother or father or your guardian that goes with you in the state of Alabama. Now I’m not real sure about Tennessee and the surrounding states what their laws are, but in the state of Alabama you have to have your mother, father or guardian.
CALLER: Well, is there any way not to tell them? Because like I can’t tell them because they can’t find out because they would totally freak out.
CLINIC: There is — I mean, the way that you have to go around that is go into court and ask them for a — it’s where you can have the abortion without your parents knowing. It’s probably going to be a long, drawn-out process. Hold on and I’ll get you the number to the one in Tennessee to see what their law is, okay?
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CLINIC: Okay. This one is in Nashville.
CLINIC: This is where you could go. This is what it says to refer a minor to Planned Parenthood in Nashville.
CLINIC: And I could give you their number. You have to tell the clinic that you’re coming from Alabama and you need to get the bypass and the procedure in the same day if possible.
CLINIC: So when you call them, tell them you’re 14, you want to do the bypass, you’re coming from Alabama.
CLINIC: And they’ll make an appointment for your abortion and refer you to a volunteer lawyer who will help you go through the bypass, and they can probably do it in the same day.
CLINIC: Okay? Here’s the number.
CLINIC: The area code is 615-321-7216. And just make sure to tell them that you want to do the bypass, and that you’re coming from Alabama.
CALLER: Okay. Well, what if the judge says no?
CLINIC: This is where it’s easier. They said that they believe the bypass works here. This is what it says. “The minor can go to Nashville where we believe the bypass works faster.”
CALLER: Oh. Okay.
CLINIC: You could do that. Let’s see here’s — oh, no, that’s in Tuscaloosa and it’s not one of our clinics, so we don’t refer — which is probably closer actually or about the same to go to Nashville. So let’s see. Yeah. Just call that number and see what they could do for you.
CALLER: Well, is it okay to come there and get like a pregnancy test just to make sure?
CLINIC: You sure can.
CALLER: And you — would you have to tell anybody that I was there getting —
CLINIC: No. Absolutely not. We can’t. By law we can’t tell anybody you were here. If your mother or father called here, you know, the only thing we could say is, we can’t tell you if she was here or if she was not here. We can’t give out any information whatsoever.
CALLER: Okay. So like if my boyfriend brought me you wouldn’t have to —
CLINIC: No, no.
CALLER: — tell anybody about him?
CLINIC: No. Absolutely not.
CLINIC: Do you know where we’re located?
CALLER: No, but — well, he does, so.
CALLER: Is it okay if I call you back if he had any questions?
CALLER: What was your name?
CLINIC: I’m Gina.
CLINIC: Uh-huh. Bye bye.
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