Listen to the Call:
950 INDIAN TRAIL RD NW # 5D
LILBURN, GA 30047-6870
TAPE – 212
(dialing sound) (ringing 5X)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. How can I help you?
CALLER: Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: No, we do not do terminations. I can give you numbers to clinics that do in the Atlanta area.
CLINIC: First one is the Atlanta Woman’s Medical Center.
CLINIC: The Northside Woman’s Clinic. 770-455-4210. The Atlanta Surgical Center, 404-892-8608.
CLINIC: The Feminist Woman Health Center. 404-874-7551.
CLINIC: That’s it.
CALLER: Okay. Well, do you like — my friend told me that you have to be a certain age for that. Like I’ll be 14 in March. Is that all right?
CLINIC: You will have to call the clinics and ask them that.
CALLER: Well, do you know like if it’s all right if my boyfriend takes me?
CLINIC: Um-hum. Yeah. You are — when you call them, because you need to set up an appointment; and you can’t just show up — when you call them they’ll tell you that you need to show up with someone.
CALLER: Okay. My friend also said that you guys have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion. Is that true?
CLINIC: We don’t. We don’t.
CALLER: All right. All right.
CALLER: Because — okay. I just can’t tell my parents at all. So —
CLINIC: How old are you?
CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.
CLINIC: Okay. When you call the clinic, they’ll go over everything with you.
CLINIC: And you can go with your boyfriend as long as he’s older than 21.
CLINIC: It has to be an adult older than 21.
CALLER: So an adult older than 21 can take me? Because my boyfriend’s 22.
CALLER: And they wouldn’t have to tell anybody about it or anything?
CALLER: Okay. Well, say that I wasn’t pregnant. Could I get birth control where you’re at?
CLINIC: Yeah. Have you taken a pregnancy test?
CALLER: Well, I took a home pregnancy test over the weekend, and it was positive, but I don’t know if I did it right.
CLINIC: Okay. When was the last time you had sex?
CALLER: Well, it was like two days ago.
CLINIC: Okay. If you took a pregnancy test and it told you it was positive, it’s looking for a hormone that’s only in your body when you’re pregnant.
CLINIC: So you are pregnant.
CLINIC: When you go to have the termination when you call them, they’ll give you all the information you need.
CLINIC: Your parents don’t have to go with you. There’s something called parental notification.
CALLER: Okay. How do I —
CLINIC: You need to go to the clinic with a note. (hinting) It doesn’t have to be signed right in front of a lawyer. It doesn’t have to be notarized or anything. It’s just a note on a piece of paper that says that your parents know or your legal guardian knows that you’re going to go and have the termination done.
CALLER: But they can’t find out at all.
CLINIC: What do you mean?
CALLER: Like they can’t find out that I’m going to find out I’m going to have an abortion because they hate my boyfriend because they think he’s too old for me.
CLINIC: That’s the law in Georgia. They don’t — you need to have a note from a parent that says that they know that you’re going to have the termination.
CALLER: And there’s no way that they can’t find out?
CLINIC: That’s the law in Georgia. It’s not–
(Hinting) You don’t have to sign it in front of a judge. You don’t have to have it notarized or sign in front of a lawyer. Just a note on a piece of paper saying “I know that X person is going to have a termination.” And then sign it. That’s it.
CALLER: Yeah. But if they have to sign that paper, they’re going to know. I mean, is there any way they don’t have to do that? I mean, what can I do?
CLINIC: Not to my knowledge. Not to my knowledge. You can call the clinics and see what they tell you, but in Georgia you have to do that.
CALLER: All right. Well, but you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody about my boyfriend or anything?
CLINIC: We don’t do that. You’re not going to come and have a termination at Planned Parenthood, so we wouldn’t have anything to do with it.
CLINIC: Even if you did, we don’t divulge information to anyone. All services are confidential.
CALLER: Okay. Well, is it all right if I call and talk to my boyfriend and then call you back if I had any questions?
CALLER: Because you’re just nice, and I don’t want to talk to anyone else, so.
CLINIC: That’s fine.
CALLER: What was your name?
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