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#492 – Planned Parenthood in Mountain View, CA

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA 94040-1209

TAPE – 492

(dialing sounds) (ringing)

CLINIC: Thank you for calling Planned Parenthood Mountain View. (Spanish interpretation.) If you know the extension of the person you are calling, please dial it now. For clinic hours — (dial sound)

One moment, please, while I transfer your call. (music) (ringing)

Planned Parenthood. How can I help you?

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

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Well, how much does that cost?

CLINIC: We having a sliding scale. We see how much you make monthly. The lowest is $420. The highest is about $540.

CALLER: Okay. Well, I’m going to be 14 in March. I don’t have a job.

CLINIC: You’re 14 weeks?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 years old.

CLINIC: Oh, years old. Okay. How far are you in your pregnancy, do you know?

CALLER: I’m not really sure. Like I’m just scared because like I haven’t had my period in like a while. Like the last time I had it was December 21, and I don’t know what to do.

CLINIC: Okay. First you need to make an appointment for an ultrasound.


CLINIC: But you do have to pay for the ultrasound, which is $45.

CALLER: Okay. Well, since I’m 14, since I’m almost 14, would you have to tell my parents? My friend said that you would, but my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just sign whatever it is and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody anything?

CLINIC: Okay. This is really up to the clinician.


CLINIC: — didn’t have to say something, they would.



CALLER: Okay. Well, who would they tell?

CLINIC: Well, there’s the police or your family. I’m not sure. It’s really up to them. They’re the one to take care of that, so.

CALLER: Okay. Well, why would they tell the police?

CLINIC: Because you’re underage.

CALLER: Well, but, I’m going to be 14 in March.

CLINIC: You’re underage.

CALLER: Oh. Well, what could happen?

CLINIC: Nothing. They just let your parents know what is going on.

CALLER: Well, what would happen if they talked to the police? Could I get in trouble?

CLINIC: Maybe not you.

CALLER: Oh. Well, who would get in trouble?

CLINIC: Your boyfriend.


CLINIC: Well, I can’t really discuss this with you. It’s, I mean, like I say, they might say it, I don’t know. You will have to talk to them about it. I really can’t say stuff like that, and I’m just, you know —

CALLER: But if I came in there they would have to talk to the police?

CLINIC: They might. I’m not quite sure. I’m just saying they might.

CALLER: Oh. Well, what can I do then?

CLINIC: I mean, you could have an abortion and this is everything that is done here is confidential.


CLINIC: But, you know, it’s really up to you because I’m not sure what would they do.

CALLER: Oh. Well, how would they find out about my boyfriend if everything’s confidential?

CLINIC: Well, there’s certain things that they can’t be confidential.


CLINIC: Yeah, and that’s what this is.

CALLER: Well, would it be better if he didn’t come with me then?

CLINIC: I’m not sure. I’m really — I don’t know what you want to do, and I’m not sure exactly what would they do. I’m just saying that they might do that, which I’m not sure. I don’t know if they would.

CALLER: Oh. Well, could I come in there for a pregnancy just to see if I was pregnant?

CLINIC: Yes. You can come in, drop in at any time, and they’ll tell you exactly how far are you, and they can you help you with more information.

CALLER: Well, do you know if anyone would have to know that I was there for a pregnancy test though?

CLINIC: Oh, no. No. Not. No.

CALLER: Okay. Well, if I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control there?

CLINIC: Um-hum. Oh, yes. No problem with that either.

CALLER: Oh. So you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about that then?



CLINIC: Like I say, it’s confidential. It’s just there are some things that you can’t say. But you can come in for that any time. It’s a drop-in basis, and somebody will see you for that.



CALLER: Well, if I had any other questions, I need to call my boyfriend and talk to him — but could I call you back if I had anything else to ask? What was your name?

CLINIC: Hmm? Susan.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Okay, thanks.

CLINIC: You’re welcome. Bye bye.

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