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318 W. WASHINGTON ST FL 3
BLOOMINGTON, IL 61701-3893
TAPE – 339
(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)
CALLER: Good morning. Planned Parenthood.
CALLER: Hi. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: No, we don’t.
CALLER: Do you know of anyplace that does?
CLINIC: Peoria and Champagne are the only ones that do.
CALLER: Do you have that number?
CLINIC: Champagne is 217-259-8022. Peoria is 309-691-9073.
CALLER: Okay. Well, could I ask you a quick question?
CLINIC: What’s that?
CALLER: My friend told me that since I’ll be 14 in March that my parents have to be told. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of it, and you won’t have to tell anybody about anything?
CLINIC: He’s not your legal guardian though. That’s the only problem. Do your parents know?
CALLER: No, not at all. I don’t know what would happen if they found out. That’s why they can’t know.
CLINIC: Do they know about him?
CALLER: Yeah. They know him. They just don’t really like him at all.
CLINIC: Because of the age difference?
CLINIC: Well, there’s really nothing he can do because he’s an illegal guardian.
CALLER: Okay. Well, do my parents have to know though?
CLINIC: Well, that’s kind of a question for them at the clinic. I would call and talk to them. To be honest with you, at your age I don’t really know — I want to say — hang on a second and let me double check.
CLINIC: As far as I know, they don’t. But call and talk to them about it and stuff.
CALLER: Well, it’s just I’m scared. My last period was December 14th, and I don’t know what to do.
CLINIC: Did you take a pregnancy test?
CLINIC: Okay. Well, that’s the place you have to start. I mean, you can’t go down assuming your pregnant; you have to know for sure if you’re pregnant.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, could I come in there and get a pregnancy test?
CLINIC: You can. They’re $20.
CALLER: And you don’t have to tell anybody I’m in there for that?
CLINIC: No, no. No, we don’t tell anybody anything.
CALLER: I wanted to bring my boyfriend to be there with me. Is that all right?
CLINIC: Yeah, that’s fine.
CALLER: Okay. Well, if I wasn’t pregnant after the pregnancy test, could you guys do birth control just so that we don’t have to worry about this ever again?
CLINIC: We can. The problem is you have to an exam and everything, and we wouldn’t be able to do that at the same time.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: Could you guys come in on Monday?
CALLER: I’d have to call and see if he could. But you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody that I’m there for an exam or anything?
CLINIC: No. No, we don’t. There’s no way we can tell anybody.
CLINIC: So call him, find out what his schedule is, and then call us back.
CALLER: Okay. If I was on birth control, could he come and pick up the pills? I can’t drive. I don’t have any way to get there.
CLINIC: Yeah, that’s fine. He can do that. You’re not working I take it?
CLINIC: What we can do too is we have funds available through the state that can help cover the cost of your exam and stuff. Because, obviously, you and him aren’t living together yet, are you?
CLINIC: Okay. I didn’t think so. Yeah. Basically, then that would help cover. So don’t worry about the money aspect; we can work with that. But first of all we need to figure out if you’re pregnant. If you’re not, we definitely need to get you on birth control.
CLINIC: All right?
CALLER: Okay. Well, if had any other questions, could I call and talk to you? What was your name?
CALLER: Okay. Thanks.
CLINIC: Uh-huh. Bye.