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#508 – Planned Parenthood in Merced, CA

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1960 P ST.
MERCED, CA 95340-3519

TAPE – 508

(dialing sounds, phone ringing)

CLINIC: Thank you for calling Planned Parenthood of (Missit?). (Spanish interpretation) If this is an emergency, please hang up and dial 911. If you know the extension of the party you’re calling, please dial it now. For clinic hours, services, directions please press 2. You may drop in during normal business hours for the following services: pregnancy testing, emergency contraception also known as “morning after pill,” birth control refills or depo provera injections. To speak to the receptionist or to make an appointment, please press 1. (dial sound)

One moment, please, while I transfer your call.

Good afternoon. This is Francis. May I help you?

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

CLINIC: No, we don’t.


CLINIC: Modesto or Fresno.

CALLER: Well, do you have the number for that one?

CLINIC: Which one?

CALLER: The one in Fresno?

CLINIC: 559-233-8657.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know — like I’m just really worried ’cause like, well, my friend told me that since like I’m going to be — well, I’ll be 14 in March — she said that they would have to tell my parents I’m getting an abortion. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of whatever that is, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about anything?

CLINIC: Hold on a minute. (coughs and sneezes) Okay. You know what? No. I mean, I don’t know what they would have to do. Hold on. Let me ask my lab person, okay?

CALLER: Okay. (pause)

CLINIC: Okay. He can’t take care of anything. You’ll have to, okay?

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: But anyone knows, anyone in the medical field knows that you are sleeping with a 22-year-old — you’ll be 14?


CLINIC: That is statutory rape, and it will be reported.

CALLER: But he’s not raping me. I mean, we’re in love. We’re going to get married. He said he was going to take care of me for the rest of my life.

CLINIC: Well, I know, but — I mean, you’re only 13, and he’s 22.

CALLER: Well, what can I do?

CLINIC: I mean, there’s not really — I mean. You can speak — you have the abortion, you know, without your parents’ consent.

CALLER: Well, what would happen to him?

CLINIC: What do you mean?

CALLER: What would happen — would anything happen to my boyfriend? I mean, would you guys — you guys would have to report it?

CLINIC: What do you mean? We would have to report it.

CALLER: Oh, well, that’s what you said. Like what would happen?

CLINIC: What would happen? We’d just make, we’d just make a — let me have you speak to someone. Okay?

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Hello.


CLINIC: Okay. What’s going to happen — which ever way, whether you decide to keep this baby or have an abortion, there will be a CPS report made.


CLINIC: Okay? That’s the Child Protective. Okay? Because of your age. Okay? Your boyfriend will be arrested.

CALLER: He’ll be arrested?

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: Well, I don’t want him to be arrested.

CLINIC: Okay. I mean, whichever way, there’s going to be a report made when you have this baby, if you have an abortion, because of the age of his —

CALLER: Well, what if I came in and had a pregnancy test and it said that I wasn’t pregnant?

CLINIC: Then there wouldn’t be no problem because we wouldn’t have to make a report.


CLINIC: That’s the first thing you have to do, okay? That’s the first thing. If you don’t know, you’re sure that you’re pregnant, if you don’t know for sure — come on in for a pregnancy test.

CALLER: Well, would you have to — would my boyfriend get in any trouble if he came in?

CLINIC: No, because we won’t even see him.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: But first of all, before you even — I mean, they’re going to ask you that. If you’re going to have an abortion you have to have a pregnancy test first.

CALLER: Oh. All right.

CLINIC: All right? And we do those until 4:00. I mean, before you even start making appointments or talking to anybody else, it’s first it’s better that you make sure you’re pregnant.



CALLER: Well, so if I was pregnant then what happens?

CLINIC: Well, that’s what I mean, different things. I mean, there’s going to be different things involved, you know.

CALLER: Oh. So if I came in and had a pregnancy test and you guys found out that I was pregnant, what would happen?

CLINIC: We’d give you your options. You can have an abortion, you can have the baby, you can, you know, put it up for adoption.

CALLER: Well, what about like, what about my boyfriend?

CLINIC: Your boyfriend doesn’t matter in this. Your boyfriend does not matter.

CALLER: But you said it does.

CLINIC: Okay. No. I mean, for you. You know, to you, you know, but I mean, when you come in our main concern is our patient.

CALLER: Oh. All right. So if I don’t say anything about my boyfriend he won’t have to go to jail?

CLINIC: Not — I mean, I can’t tell you what to say. I cannot tell you what to say.

CALLER: All right.



CLINIC: All right.

CALLER: Well, if it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant, would I be able to get birth control there?

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: Okay. Well, would you have to tell anybody about that?


CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: Um-um.

CALLER: Okay. Well, I don’t know — well, I’m not old enough to drive. You know, because I’m only 14. Well, I’ll be 14 in March. And would it be all right like if I was on birth control, would it be all right if my boyfriend picked up like the birth control pills or whatever?

CLINIC: You need to come in.

CALLER: Oh. All right.

CLINIC: You need to come in.


CLINIC: That’s what I’m saying. Our main concern is our patients. We don’t, you know, deal with the boyfriends, the husbands, anyone but our patients.

CALLER: Oh, okay.


CALLER: All right. Well, I need to think about all this. But is it all right if I call you back if I thought of any other questions?

CLINIC: That’s fine.

CALLER: What was your name?

CLINIC: Francis.

CALLER: Oh, okay.


CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: All right. Bye bye.


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