Listen to the Call:
1030 NEW BRITAIN AVE
WEST HARTFORD, CT 6110-2261
TAPE – 612
(dialing sounds) (ringing 1X)
CLINIC: Good afternoon. Planned Parenthood.
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: Yes, we do.
CALLER: Oh, well do you know how much it costs?
CLINIC: Yes, I do. (laughs)
CALLER: How much does it?
CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, do you know, like I’m just kind of worried because like I’m going to be 14 later on this 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: (silence) We wouldn’t have to tell your parents, no. Hold one second, okay?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: You just gave me more information than what I needed, okay?
CALLER: Oh, like what?
CLINIC: Which was not a good thing.
CLINIC: Okay? The fact that your boyfriend is 22 and the fact that you’re 14, that makes us mandated, we’re mandated reporters. That means we have to report that.
CALLER: To who?
CLINIC: To the, to, to the Department of Children and Families.
CALLER: Oh. What could happen?
CLINIC: He could get in trouble.
CALLER: What kind? Like I don’t want him to get in trouble.
CLINIC: I know, hon, but that’s what could happen. So I just —
CALLER: Oh. What should I do?
CLINIC: I don’t know. I can’t advise you on that. I mean, you know, all I can tell you is if you come in here that’s what we’re going to have to do because — (silence) Hold one second, okay?
CLINIC: So I don’t know. You’d have to discuss that with him or your parents or somethIng.
CALLER: Okay. Well, I just can’t tell my parents at all though, like they know we’re going out, but they don’t know we’re having sex. I mean, if they found out we were having sex, I don’t know what they would do.
CLINIC: Well, and they don’t have a problem with you going out with a 22-year-old?
CALLER: Well, they don’t really like him, but — but he works with my dad. I mean, they know him and everything.
CLINIC: I know, honey, but it doesn’t — that doesn’t change the fact that we would have to report it.
CALLER: Oh. Well, would I be able to come in there for a pregnancy test and you wouldn’t have to report anything?
CLINIC: As long as I don’t know who you are and I don’t know — you know, I don’t know how old your boyfriend is. But the point is, is if we know then, you know, we have to report that.
CLINIC: You’re underage, and that’s, you know, statutory rape.
CALLER: But he’s not raping me. I mean, we’re in love. We’re going to get married.
CLINIC: I know, honey. That doesn’t matter. That’s just — it’s the way the law sees it.
CALLER: Oh. Well —
CLINIC: And we’re obligated to follow the law.
CALLER: Well, if it ended up like if I came in for the pregnancy test and it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get on birth control though?
CLINIC: You could. But if we know he’s 22 we still have to report it.
CALLER: Oh. So if you didn’t know then it would be okay?
CLINIC: It’s not that it’s okay. It’s just what we don’t know we don’t know.
CLINIC: But — you know.
CALLER: All right. Well, I need to call him and — what time do you normally do like pregnancy tests?
CLINIC: They’re walk-in, but we’re not open this afternoon.
CALLER: Oh, and when are you open again?
CLINIC: We’re open again on Monday at 12:00.
CALLER: Well, I need to — if I had any other questions, could I call and talk to you? What was your name?
CLINIC: No, you can just call and talk to any of us.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: All right. Thank you.
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