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#578 – Planned Parenthood in Mesa, AZ

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1235 S. GILBERT RD. # 20
MESA, AZ 85204-6072

TAPE – 578

(dialing sounds) (ringing 3X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood Southeast Mesa. This is Annette. May I help you?

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

CLINIC: No, we don’t.

CALLER: Oh. Well, do you know of anybody that does?

CLINIC: Yeah, I can give you the Tempe number.


CLINIC: It’s 967-9414.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know, I’m just worried because like well I’ll be 14 next month, and 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?

CLINIC: You would have to call Tempe and see how they handle that, hon.

CALLER: Oh. Okay. Well, I’m just — the main reason why I’m worried about all this is because I haven’t had my period since like December 26, so I’m just scared.

CLINIC: Well, did you do a pregnancy test?

CALLER: Well, no.

CLINIC: Well, that would be advisable first.

CALLER: Well, could I come in there and do that?

CLINIC: It’s a walk-in, and it’s $10.

CALLER: Okay. Well, my boyfriend said that he would pay for everything, but it’s just we were not wanting a whole bunch of people to know about us. Would he have to sign anything if he was paying for it?

CLINIC: I don’t think they care who’s paying for it, okay?


CLINIC: I’m not sure about being that you’re 13.

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: Okay? I don’t know if they have to report to CPS or not.

CALLER: Well, who’s that? What do —

CLINIC: Child Protective Services.

CALLER: Why would they have to do that? What do you mean?

CLINIC: Because your boyfriend’s 10 years older than you.

CALLER: Well —

CLINIC: For one thing.

CALLER: You mean —

CLINIC: You’re only 13 years old.

CALLER: Well, is that bad?

CLINIC: It’s because it’s the law of Arizona.

CALLER: What law?

CLINIC: It’s the law of Arizona that we have to report it to CPS.



CALLER: Well, would they tell my parents?

CLINIC: I have no idea.


CLINIC: I have no idea.

CALLER: Well, what should I do?

CLINIC: You would have to call Tempe and ask them because we don’t do abortions here, okay?


CLINIC: So call them and ask them for sure.

CALLER: But if I came in for a pregnancy test would you have to call those people?

CLINIC: I’m not sure.


CLINIC: If it’s just a pregnancy test.

CALLER: Well I just really wanted to know if I was pregnant or not.

CLINIC: Yeah. Well, the only way you can do is do a pregnancy test.

CALLER: Well, yeah, so can I come in there and do that and not get in trouble?

CLINIC: I don’t know. I don’t know if we have to report 13 years old positive test or not, hon.

CALLER: Oh. Well, if it came out that it wasn’t, that I wasn’t pregnant would that be all right?

CLINIC: Hang on, okay?

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: (pause) Okay. Were we talking about the pregnancy test?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: Yeah, we have to report it.

CALLER: Oh, even if it said that I wasn’t pregnant?

CLINIC: Yeah. We have to report it.



CALLER: Well, what can I do then?

CLINIC: All I can do — take a home pregnancy test.

CALLER: Well, are those usually right?

CLINIC: Not all of them accurate, no.

CALLER: Oh, well, how do you know which ones are good or not?

CLINIC: We don’t know.


CLINIC: Okay? All I can say is, do a home pregnancy test. You know, because the farther along you get the more it costs and everything to even get an abortion. But yes, we are required by law to report to CPS.

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

CLINIC: We still have to report to CPS.


CLINIC: Not that they would do anything. We don’t know if they would do anything, but we are required by law to report it to CPS.




CLINIC: Okay, hon.

CALLER: Well, all right. Okay. Thanks.

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