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#494 – Planned Parenthood in San Ramon, CA

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SAN RAMON, CA 94583-1529

TAPE – 494

(dialing sounds) (ringing)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood San Ramone (sp). This is Adrien.

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

CLINIC: No, we don’t. The closest clinic to us that does is Walnut Creek.


CLINIC: Would you like their phone number?

CALLER: Yes, please.

CLINIC: It is 935-3010.

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

CLINIC: I, I really don’t know about that. You would really need to ask them.

CALLER: Oh, okay.


CALLER: Well, can I come in there for a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: Sure. The cost is $16.

CALLER: Okay. But does anybody have to know about the pregnancy test though?

CLINIC: Hold on just a minute, okay?

CALLER: Okay. (long pause) (dialing sounds) (ringing)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood, San Ramone, this is Adrien.

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was — I’m at my friend’s house, and her mom just came in, so I had to hang up. But I was on hold. So.

CLINIC: Oh, okay. You were calling about the pregnancy test?


CLINIC: Okay. Hold on just a minute.

CALLER: All right. (dialing sounds) (ringing)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood, San Ramone, this is Adrien.

CALLER: Hi. I was the one asking about pregnancy tests and if you would have to tell anybody that I was there for that.

CLINIC: I know. I’m just waiting for the person that you need to talk to to get off the phone. Okay?

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: We haven’t forgotten about you.

CALLER: It’s just, the last time I was on hold it got disconnected, so I’m worried.

CLINIC: Okay. It should just be another minute, okay?

CALLER: Should I just call you back later?

CLINIC: No. It should just be another minute. Okay?

CALLER: All right. (pause) (dialing sound) (ringing)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood, San Ramone, this is Adrien.

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see about if you guys had to tell my parents about getting a pregnancy, and you said that the lady was busy.

CLINIC: Right. Yeah, she actually tried to talk to you, but I guess you had hung up. So basically she’s not here right now, so I can try and talk to you about this. We — it is confidential from your parents. I need to let you know — I mean, it’s illegal for a 22-year-old to be having sex with you.

CALLER: Why? How is that illegal?

CLINIC: You’re 14?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: Then it’s considered statutory rape because —

CALLER: But he’s not raping me. I mean, we’re in love. We’re going to get married.

CLINIC: It doesn’t matter. It is considered statutory rape, and if you come here and tell us that your partner is 22 years old, we would need to notify the authorities.

CALLER: Well, what if he didn’t come?

CLINIC: Pardon?

CALLER: So what if I didn’t tell you?

CLINIC: Then, I mean, we certainly do want to see you, and I don’t want to keep you from coming here for a pregnancy counseling. I just need to tell you that up front.

CALLER: Okay. Well, would it be better just not to have him there and not to say anything about him?

CLINIC: Right. Well, it’s really up to you, but i need to tell you that we are required by law if you come here for a visit and tell us that you have been having sex with a 22-year-old and you’re 14, we are required by law to report it to the police because it’s illegal. It’s, it’s rape.


CLINIC: So, and we do want to see you, so, but it’s really your decision. I mean, if you come in and just don’t tell us that then we obviously won’t be reporting it.


CLINIC: But, you know, we really — this is something, you know, we would really advise against. I mean, you need to really be safe, and that’s a really big age difference. You really shouldn’t be sexually active with someone who’s so much older.

CALLER: But he said that we were going to get married and that he’s going to take care of me for the rest of my life.

CLINIC: Right. Well, that’s — you know, you’re really young to be making those kind of decisions.


CLINIC: So, and he really shouldn’t be dating someone who is 14 years old if he’s 22.


CLINIC: It’s illegal for him to be doing that, and he knows that, I’m sure.

CALLER: Okay. Well, if the pregnancy test that I — like if I came in there and got a pregnancy test, would I be able — if it was, if it said that I wasn’t pregnant would I be able to get birth control?

CLINIC: Yes, you would.

CALLER: Well, would you have to tell anybody if I was on birth control though?

CLINIC: No. No. It’s kept confidential from your parents.

CALLER: Oh, okay.


CALLER: What about like the police though?

CLINIC: Again, that really depends on what information you give us.


CLINIC: So, you know, if we don’t know anything about your history when you come in, you know, then obviously we’re not under any obligation to say anything because we don’t know anything.


CLINIC: So it’s really up to you what information you want to give us when you come in. I just want to be honest with you because we definitely want to see you. And, you know, if you’re not on birth control right now and you’re sexually active, we definitely want to help you get on birth control. But I need to tell you what our, you know, what we are responsible for doing legally because we are a health clinic.




CLINIC: So as far as pregnancy testing goes, you don’t need an appointment for that. You can come in, just walk in. Since you are young, you can probably get signed up under state funding program which would mean the state covers the cost of your visit.


CLINIC: If you wanted to make an appointment to get birth control, the state would cover that as well. It’s just an extra form you need to fill out when you come in, and you can get the results of the test when you’re here.


CLINIC: And you can come in before 4:00 p.m. today or tomorrow we’re open from 9:00 to 7:00. So you really just have to drop in, okay?

CALLER: All right. Okay, well, thanks.

CLINIC: You’re welcome.



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