Listen to the Call:
333 COURT ST # 200
PEKIN, IL 61554-3278
TAPE – 345
(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood.
CALLER: Hi. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: No, we do not.
CALLER: Do you know of any place that might?
CLINIC: In Peoria? National Health Care. There is no place if you’re calling locally.
CLINIC: Okay? It’s called National Health Care in Peoria. Have you had a positive pregnancy test?
CALLER: Well, no, not yet. I’m just scared because like my last period was December 14, so I don’t know.
CLINIC: Okay. Have you been sick?
CLINIC: Have you had sex without using birth control?
CLINIC: Okay. I would recommend first that you have a pregnancy test.
CALLER: Could I come in there for that?
CLINIC: Yeah. We have — it’s a $10 charge or we accept a medical card.
CALLER: Okay. Well, it’s just — my boyfriend would pay for everything. Do I need a medical card? What is that?
CLINIC: No, a medical card is something through public aid.
CLINIC: So what you’d need to do is either come in and, like if he comes with you then he would just need to pay the $10 or give it to you when you come in. We do those today up until 4:30.
CALLER: It’s just I’m really scared because like my friend told me that since like I’ll be 14 in March that they would have to tell my parents I’m getting an abortion. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of it and they wouldn’t have to say anything about anything?
CLINIC: Okay. First of all, it’s confidential.
CLINIC: One at 14. Another is, you better be careful. Does your parents know he’s 22?
CALLER: Yeah. They just really don’t like him. I mean, they don’t know we’re having sex or anything. If they found out they would — I don’t know what would happen.
CLINIC: He would be put in jail.
CALLER: He would be — what do you mean?
CLINIC: Because it’s — you’re 14. It’s statutory rape.
CALLER: Well, but he’s not raping me. We’re in love. We’re going to be married.
CLINIC: I know but that’s not how — you’re 14. You can’t get married unless your parents sign, and that would not even been until you’re 16. You can’t even get married until you’re 18 when you’re an adult in the state of Illinois.
CALLER: Well, what can I do? I don’t know what to do. I can’t tell my parents at all. They wouldn’t — they don’t understand anything.
CLINIC: First of all, you need to come in and have a test, okay?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: And whatever you say here is confidential, okay? Do you understand?
CLINIC: Okay. Nobody’s going to tell on you.
CLINIC: So you need to come in and have that test.
CALLER: Okay. Well, my boyfriend has to bring me. Is that all right if he’s there with me?
CLINIC: Yes. The only thing is, is once we bring you back to talk to you, he cannot come back through the door.
CLINIC: It would just be you and us, okay?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: We’ll need to do the test. And we’ll go from there, because if you’re not pregnant what you really need to think about — and he’s old enough to know too — use birth control. Use a condom. If you can’t just use a condom, you need to use two forms. It’s important to protect yourself.
CLINIC: Okay? So, and if you’re — you’ll — well, at 14 they’ll have to — if you are pregnant we’ll go over what you’ll need to do, okay?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: But we’ll discuss it all with you, so don’t get worried. But you do need to come in.
CALLER: But you guys could take care of everything?
CALLER: And no one would have to know anything, and you guys wouldn’t tell on my boyfriend or anything?
CLINIC: No. No. Nope.
CALLER: Okay, so he wouldn’t get arrested or anything?
CLINIC: No, no, no, no. No. No. Not at all.
CALLER: Okay, well, thanks.
CALLER: Is it –
CLINIC: Go ahead.
CALLER: Is it all right like if I call, if I talk to you if I had anymore questions? What was your name?
CLINIC: My name’s Ray (sp).
CLINIC: You’re welcome.