Listen to the Call:
1548 MAIN ST.
WILLIMANTIC, CT 6226-1128
TAPE – 613
(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. May I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: We do not do abortions here. We see people before. If they want to have an abortion, we can do the pregnancy test. But you need to do an exam before you have an abortion. So we can do that here, and then refer you to another Planned Parenthood that would perform the actual procedure.
CALLER: 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. Would you have to tell anybody if he took care of it?
CLINIC: Your age is not an issue here. So it would be between you and us.
CALLER: It’s just he said that he would pay for everything. And we were talking about all this, and we don’t want a whole bunch of people to know about us. So if he was paying for everything, would he have to sign anything?
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: Not at all. Have you had a positive test at home?
CALLER: Well, no. I’m just kind of worried about all this because I haven’t had my period since December 26th, and I’m scared.
CLINIC: Is that unusual for you?
CLINIC: Okay. What we’ll probably have you come down to do is we’ll do a pregnancy test. And if you definitely know that you want to have an abortion, then we can kind of talk about your options and the different kinds of abortions if you do have a positive test. And we can even do the exam that day if we schedule that in. If you do a positive test, we can do the exam that day.
CALLER: Well, do you think it’s possible that I’m not pregnant?
CLINIC: Um-hmm. Are you having any symptoms of pregnancy? Are you nauseous or vomiting or do you have any breast tenderness?
CALLER: No. If I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control?
CLINIC: Um-hmm, definitely. What we could have you do, we’ll set up an appointment where the first thing that we’ll do is the pregnancy test. And then depending on what the results of that are — we’ll know while you’re here today if it’s positive — then we can go ahead and do the counseling and the pre-abortion exam. It doesn’t mean that you have to have it done if you change your mind. But we can go through with that. And if your test is negative, then we can go ahead and do a regular exam and get you on some birth control.
CLINIC: Does that sound good?
CALLER: And nobody would have to know anything about any of this?
CLINIC: Correct. Do you want to go ahead and schedule that?
CALLER: Well, I’d have to call him to see when he could bring me. But what times are you normally open?
CLINIC: You’re in school, right?
CALLER: Well, I’m homeschooled, so just whenever.
CLINIC: But you don’t want your parents to know?
CALLER: Well, I could say I’m going to the museum or something.
CLINIC: Okay. We’re here Monday between 8:45 and 5; the same thing with Friday. We’re basically all day Monday and Friday. Tuesday and Thursday we’re only here in the afternoon, and then we’ll here until 7:30 at night. Wednesday we’re only here in the afternoon. So it’s kind of different everyday.
CALLER: Well, my boyfriend would have to bring me. Would that be all right?
CLINIC: Nope, that’s fine.
CALLER: You sure nobody would have to know anything about all this?
CLINIC: Not your parents.
CALLER: Well, anyone besides my parents?
CLINIC: No, everything’s confidential here.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: It would really just be you and whoever sees you here.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, could I call you back and make an appointment after I talk to my boyfriend? What was your name?
CLINIC: Yep. My name’s Arga (ph).
CALLER: Okay. Thanks.
CLINIC: You’re welcome.