Listen to the Call:
TULE CREEK RD.
HAYFORK, CA 96041
TAPE – 514
(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. May I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: Yes. We do first trimester.
CALLER: Okay. Well, how do you know –
CLINIC: Have you had a pregnancy test done yet?
CLINIC: Okay. Oh, you’re in Weaverville?
CLINIC: Are you in Weaverville? Well, where are you?
CALLER: I live in Hayfork (sp).
CLINIC: Okay, you’re in Hayfork. See, I’m Eureka. Because we’re only Hayfork once a month, and we’re in Weaverville every week. So I can make you an appointment to go in and get a pregnancy test, and then you would go from there.
CLINIC: They also do them in Reading if you wanted those phone numbers.
CALLER: I just — well, could I ask you a quick question actually?
CALLER: I’m just worried about all this because like my friend told me that since like I’m — well, I’ll be 14 in March, and she said that you guys would have to tell my parents about getting an abortion. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of it?
CALLER: My boyfriend?
CLINIC: Well, that’s a problem. If you come in and you tell us that you have a 22-year-old boyfriend and that — you’re only 13 years old?
CLINIC: That’s against the law.
CLINIC: He’s like way older than you. He’s an adult. And so they say that is something that needs to be reported to Child Protective Services. Now –
CALLER: Well, what could happen?
CLINIC: If you — well, your parents could have him arrested for having sex with a minor. It’s statutory rape because he’s an adult and you’re a child.
CALLER: Well, what can I do?
CLINIC: You don’t have to tell anybody that he’s 22 years old.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: I mean, that’s up to you. You know, if you have a boyfriend that’s about the same age you are, then there’s probably not going to be any reporting — if your boyfriend’s 13 or 14 also. But if your boyfriend is an adult, then the law says it has to be reported. You would rather come to Eureka you think?
CALLER: I don’t know.
CLINIC: For an abortion? Or Reading? Which would be easier for you?
CALLER: Well, I need to get that pregnancy test first, but –
CLINIC: Absolutely. Let me see when we’re going to be in Weaverville gain, okay? Hang on one second, okay? Don’t hang up.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Because I don’t have to do any reporting because of what you just told me. I don’t even know who you are, so hang on a second.
CLINIC: (pause) I’m back.
CLINIC: Okay. Let me check to see what’s going on, when we’re going to be in Hayfork, because I’m just not sure. Oh, it won’t let me do it without a name. Okay. What’s your name? Last name first.
CLINIC: And what’s your first name?
CLINIC: I just lost my program on my computer. My computer is just like going totally weird. Hang on a second. It’s just like spazzing out on me. It is driving me crazy. You know how computers can be?
CALLER: Yeah. Well, do you know, like if I wasn’t pregnant if I could get birth control there?
CLINIC: Oh, absolutely. Absolutely.
CALLER: And you guys still wouldn’t have to tell anybody about that either?
CLINIC: We have a disclaimer — it’s on all our forms. If you tell us that, for example, it lists a whole bunch of things like that you’re physically abused by your parents or by a boyfriend of someone, then we may legally have to report it. If you have a boyfriend that’s more than, I can’t remember the exact dates, but say three years older than you are, we may have to report it. But if it’s two kids that are both, that are like 13, 14, around the same age, if you don’t tell us, what you don’t tell us we don’t report. But we don’t want you not to tell us something and then be a victim.
CLINIC: You know what I mean?
CLINIC: Yeah. So we — yeah. So it’s just we go by what you tell us.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: And, you know, if you had some 25-year-old boyfriend and you’re young, that’s — then it has to be reported if you tell us that, or if you come in with bruises and a black eye and you say, yeah, my boyfriend beat me up.
CLINIC: Because otherwise people wouldn’t be protected. Women get killed all the time because of that kind of stuff.
CLINIC: And we need to let them know that they can get help.
CALLER: Yeah. Definitely.
CLINIC: And usually if a boyfriend is in their 20s and the girl is like 13 or something, usually — and I’m not saying always, like not necessarily in your circumstances or mine or anybody else’s, but usually it’s just a sexual relationship because obviously there’s not much more to talk about when there’s such a huge age discrepancy. And so many times the younger one, whether it’s a male or female, gets really taken advantage of.
CALLER: Oh. I don’t think that’s the case, but –
CLINIC: There are a lot of really immature 20-year-olds and a lot of really mature 13-year-olds, so it kind of has to — you know, it’s not always there. You have to think about how mature somebody is and if they know what they’re doing and all that. Okay. Let me see. I’ve got a Weaverville clinic. Can you ever get to Weaverville?
CLINIC: Because I do have an opening in the Weaverville clinic for March 7. But I think what you might need to do is go buy a pregnancy test at a pharmacy.
CLINIC: If you can’t do it locally maybe your boyfriend can. Just to go in and buy a home pregnancy test and make sure you follow the directions exactly right and see how that comes out. And we can still make you the appointment, but we don’t have an opening in Weaverville until March 7. Let me see when we have one in Hayfork.
CALLER: Okay. Well, if I do a home pregnancy test could I call you back?
CLINIC: Yeah. You could. And then we would have to get into our Weaverville clinic.
CALLER: Okay. Well, what’s your name?
CLINIC: My name is Ann. But you could just call and say, I live in Hayfork, I did a home pregnancy test, and I need to get into your Weaverville clinic or — yeah, Weaverville clinic as soon as possible so that you can get the, you know, an exam and referrals for an abortion, abortion services and that stuff, whatever you’re interested in.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: So yeah, so don’t let it go. Do that and then call us.
CLINIC: Okay, and you don’t have to repeat what you said to me today.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Okay, bye.
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