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#288 – Planned Parenthood in Bedford, IN

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BEDFORD, IN 47421-2186

TAPE – 288

(Dialing, phone ringing 4x)

CALLER: Bedford Planned Parenthood. May I help you?

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

CLINIC: No, not here at Bedford. Bloomington does. Would you like their number?

CALLER: Yes, please.

CLINIC: Okay. It’s 1-800-828-7525. And they can give you some more information.

CALLER: Okay. Well, could I get you to answer some questions?

CLINIC: I can try.

CALLER: My friend told me that since I’ll be 14 in March that they have to tell my parents —


CALLER: — and have them sign some stuff. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just take care of that?

CLINIC: No, because they’ll turn you both in.

CALLER: They’ll turn us in? Why? What do you mean?

CLINIC: Because — you’re going to be 14?


CLINIC: If your partner is older than 14 or 15, it is against to law. If you’re 16 and your partner is 17 or 18, it’s against the law. If you’re under 18 and your partner is older than 18, it is against the law.

CALLER: What can I do? What would happen?

CLINIC: They would turn you in to Child Protective Services and they would turn him also, and possibly have him arrested. If your parents want him arrested, they could arrest him.

CALLER: So they would have to tell?

CLINIC: Yeah. Yeah, they have to tell, especially if you’re only 13.

CALLER: Well, is there any way that they don’t have to tell?

CLINIC: No, not at that age.

CALLER: Well, what can I do?

CLINIC: Not a whole lot. You probably have to tell your parents.

CALLER: But I can’t tell my parents. They would be furious.

CLINIC: I’m sure they would. Call up there and talk to them. They can give you some more information exactly on what you need to do and how maybe you can get around that. But most generally I’m pretty positive you’re going to have to tell your parents.

CALLER: Well, could I come in there for a pregnancy test to see?

CLINIC: You can, yeah.

CALLER: Would you guys have to tell on us?

CLINIC: Don’t bring him with you.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: If you bring him in, I’m going to have to turn you in.

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

CLINIC: Uh-huh. And you have to get an exam to do that. Have you missed a period?

CALLER: Well, yeah. My last period was the second week in December.

CLINIC: Come in for a pregnancy test and we can go from there.

CALLER: Okay. If I was on birth control, would you have tell anybody that I was?



CLINIC: When is your birthday?

CALLER: It’s March 19, 1988.

CLINIC: If you can wait until March when you turn 14 to come in and get birth control. At 13, yes, I believe I still need your parents’ consent for birth control. When you turn 14, I won’t.


CLINIC: But at 13, yeah, you do.

CALLER: So could I call you back and talk to you some more? What’s your name?

CLINIC: I’m Jerrie (sp).


CLINIC: You can call Bloomington and ask them some information on that also. But you’re not positive you’re pregnant, right?

CALLER: Right.

CLINIC: So that’s what you need to do. You need to come in for a pregnancy test first.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: You can come in today up until 5:30 or tomorrow between 9:30 and 4:30.

CALLER: Well, my boyfriend has to drive me. Should I just leave him in the car?




CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: All righty.

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Uh-huh. Bye bye.