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#343 – Planned Parenthood in Effingham, IL

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EFFINGHAM, IL 62401-2415

TAPE – 343

(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)

CALLER: Planned Parenthood. This Sherry.

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

CLINIC: We don’t do it here, but we have a Planned Parenthood in Champagne that does.

CALLER: Well, do you have that phone number?

CLINIC: Yes, I do. Let’s see here. It is 217-359-8022.

CALLER: Okay. Could I ask a quick question?


CALLER: I’m scared because my friend told me that since I’ll be 14 in March that they would have to tell my parents I’m getting an abortion. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he take care whatever that is so that no one has to know about it?

CLINIC: I really don’t know. Since we don’t do that here, I’m really not up on the rules.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: I’d just give them a call, and they’ll be sure and answer your question up there.

CALLER: I haven’t had a pregnancy test. Do you guys do that there? It’s just I’m scared that I’m pregnant because my last period was December 14th.

CLINIC: Okay. Yeah, we do pregnancy tests here. If you’re not a patient here though it’s $18 —


CLINIC: — unless you have a medical card.

CALLER: Well, no, I don’t.

CLINIC: Okay. We’re here from 9 to 1 today, 9 to 1 tomorrow. So you can come in at anytime if you want.

CALLER: He said that he would pay for everything and take care of everything.

CLINIC: Oh, okay. And he was 22, right?


CLINIC: And you was what?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: Okay. All right. Yeah, that’s no problem if you want to come in and do that.

CALLER: So it’s all right? I want him to be there with me. Is that okay?

CLINIC: Yeah, that’s fine.

CALLER: Okay. So 9 to 1 tomorrow?


CALLER: Okay. Well, if I wasn’t pregnant after I did the pregnancy test, do you guys have birth control?

CLINIC: Yes. But before we could hand out birth control, Erica has to do an exam to see which type would be better for you. Okay?

CALLER: Okay. Well, how soon could I get birth control after the exam?

CLINIC: Well, once she sees you. Are you going on pills or depo shot? Just pills?

CALLER: I don’t know what the difference is.

CLINIC: Well, we’ve got fact sheets. If you come in and do a pregnancy test, we can give you fact sheets. You can take them home and read up on them. Meanwhile, we can go ahead and set you up an appointment if you want to, and you can already have the fact sheets read before you come in for your appointment.

CALLER: Well, could my boyfriend pick up the pills or whatever? Because I can’t drive.

CLINIC: Yeah, that’s no problem. After you do the exam and everything, and Erica decides what kind of birth control you want, we have you fill out a paper of who you’d like to have come pick them up if you can’t. You’d just put him on your list, and there shouldn’t be a problem.

CALLER: But you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody about any of this?

CLINIC: No, no, no. It’s very confidential. We don’t even have to call you. You could put on your paper no call, no mail, no nothing, and that’s no problem.


CLINIC: So if you want to get started with the pregnancy test for now, you can come in anytime.



CALLER: I’ll call him up and then make an appointment.


CALLER: Okay. Thanks.

CLINIC: Bye bye.