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GREATER INDIANA PLANNED PARENTHOOD
421 S COLLEGE AVE
BLOOMINGTON, IN 47403-1592
TAPE – 279
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CLINIC: Planned Parenthood.
CALLER: Hi. I was talking to Crystal.
CLINIC: Okay. She’s still on another call.
CALLER: Could you help?
CLINIC: I might be able to. What do you need?
CALLER: What was your name?
CLINIC: I’m Jane.
CALLER: Well, I was just wondering if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: Yes, we do.
CALLER: How much does that cost?
CLINIC: They’re $380.
CALLER: Do you have to be a specific age for that? I’ll be 14 in March.
CLINIC: Well, you have to have parental consent for that.
CALLER: Oh. Well, my boyfriend’s 22. Could he sign whatever?
CLINIC: No, no. It has to be your legal guardian.
CALLER: Is there any way not to tell them at all?
CLINIC: Where do you live?
CALLER: I live in Belmont.
CLINIC: Okay. What county?
CALLER: I’m not really sure. We just moved here.
CLINIC: Do you have plates yet for your car since you’ve moved?
CALLER: I don’t drive. I don’t know.
CLINIC: License plates. Has anybody bought new license plates for your car since you’ve moved?
CALLER: I don’t think so.
CLINIC: Okay. Well, I am thinking that Belmont is in Brown County.
CLINIC: There’s something called a judicial bypass, but you have to be a resident of Monroe County to get that.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: And that’s something that you go in front of the court to do. But you cannot have an abortion in Indiana without parental consent if you’re under the age of 18.
CALLER: Well, if I do the judicial bypass do I need a lawyer?
CLINIC: You have to live in Monroe County.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: So that’s why I’m asking you. I don’t think Belmont is Monroe County. I’m pretty sure that’s Brown County. So basically what you’re going to have to do is either talk to your parents about this and get one of them to sign for you, or you’ll have to go to Illinois.
CLINIC: How old are you?
CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.
CLINIC: You do realize that this a reportable sexual abuse case?
CALLER: What do you mean?
CLINIC: It means that —
CALLER: Nobody’s abusing me. We’re in love. We’re going to get married.
CLINIC: You’re under 14 and he’s over 18. That makes that a reportable offense.
CALLER: Well, what could happen?
CLINIC: Well, your parents have to know for one.
CALLER: But they can’t find out at all. They know him, but —
CLINIC: Well, that’s beside the point. We can do nothing for you without parental consent. And if you get parental consent, if anybody finds out about this — and I don’t know you’d be into if you went to Illinois; I don’t know — but that is sexual abuse. And it reportable by law.
CALLER: But we’re in love. He’s not abusing me.
CLINIC: That doesn’t have anything to do with it. No 13-year-old should be having intercourse with a 22-year-old. So it’s a reportable offense. I’m just telling you this is what you’re going to get into.
CALLER: Well, could I get a pregnancy test there to see if I was pregnant.
CLINIC: I thought you said you were pregnant?
CALLER: Well, I think I am. I mean, I don’t know.
CLINIC: Yes, you can get a pregnancy test.
CALLER: I just missed my period in December. I had it the second week of December —
CLINIC: So you missed two periods?
CALLER: Well, yeah.
CLINIC: And you haven’t taken a home pregnancy test even?
CLINIC: Yep. You can do that. The charge is $5.
CALLER: But you guys have to tell my parents about that?
CLINIC: Anytime anybody under 14 is sexually active, yes, it is a reportable thing. I would highly encourage you to buy something over the counter if you don’t want to get in a mess.
CALLER: If I wasn’t pregnant after I took the home pregnancy test, do you guys have birth control there?
CLINIC: Yes. You’d make an appointment to come in, and we’ll get you started on a birth control method.
CALLER: Would you have to tell anybody that I was on birth control?
CLINIC: Yep. We have to tell them that you are under 14 and you are sexually active. That is a reportable thing.
CALLER: Well, what happens after I turn 14?
CLINIC: Then it depends on the age of your partner.
CALLER: Oh. Okay. What do you mean? I don’t understand that.
CLINIC: (Sigh. Okay. Just a second. Him being over 18 and you being under 16 but over 14, that is a sexual misconduct with a minor. It’s against the law.
CLINIC: You just got to weigh all these different things to know, but it is child abuse.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Your parents don’t know that you’re sexually active with this 22-year-old?
CALLER: No. They can’t find out at all. They hate him.
CLINIC: I can’t believe that they don’t know that you’re sexually active with him.
CALLER: But they don’t.
CLINIC: Well, that’s kind of what you’ve got to deal with.
CLINIC: All right. Bye.