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#841 – Cedar Rapids Clinic For Women in Cedar Rapids, IA

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CEDAR RAPIDS CLINIC FOR WOMEN
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA 52404
319-390-4342

TAPE – 841

(Dialing, phone ringing 3x)

CLINIC: Cedar Rapids Planning for Women.

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.

CLINIC: We do.

CALLER: Do you know how much it cost for that?

CLINIC: It depends on how many weeks pregnant you are.

CALLER: How do you know?

CLINIC: This is for yourself?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: And when was your last period?

CALLER: January 15th.

CLINIC: (Pause) Are you calling from Cedar Rapids?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. Yeah. Have you had a pregnancy test done?

CALLER: Well, no.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, we first need to do a pregnancy test and a pelvic exam. And then once we did that we could determine what the cost would be.

CALLER: Okay. The thing is, my boyfriend said he would pay cash for every thing. But I’m going to be 14 later on this month, and my friend said that you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22, and he was going to take care of it all. Would that be all right, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: You either need to have parental notification or you would need to get a judicial bypass.

CALLER: What’s that?

CLINIC: That’s where you go through the court system, and a judge would grant you the ability to have an abortion without telling your parents.

CALLER: Do I need a lawyer for that?

CLINIC: No. You would just need to call the clerk of the court. There’s no cost to you for that.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, does the judge usually say it’s all right?

CLINIC: In most cases, yeah. I haven’t heard them turn one down yet. But we would give you that information also once you had a pregnancy test. Do you want to make an appointment for a pregnancy test?

CALLER: Well, yeah. What time do you normally do them?

CLINIC: We’re open Monday through Friday. What time of day is better for you?

CALLER: What times are you open?

CLINIC: From 9:30 to 5.

CALLER: Okay. I would have to call my boyfriend to see. But we were talking about all this, and he said he would pay for it all, but we don’t want anyone to know about us. Would he have to sign anything or have his name on any forms?

CLINIC: No, he wouldn’t.

CALLER: Okay. Well, if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, would I be able to get birth control from you guys?

CLINIC: You can. We would need to do a yearly gyn exam, a pap test, and then we could put you on birth control pills.

CALLER: Well, how much does that cost?

CLINIC: The exam is $55 and the pills are $15 for each month.

CALLER: Okay. But would anybody have to know if I was on birth control?

CLINIC: No, uh-uh.

CALLER: So you’re open tomorrow from 9 to 5?

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: Okay. Well, let me call my boyfriend and call you back. What was your name?

CLINIC: I’m Marty.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Um-hmm.

CALLER: All right. Okay. Thanks.

CLINIC: Um-hmm. Bye bye.

***END***

#412 – Planned Parenthood in Indianola, IA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
108 W. CLINTON AVE
INDIANOLA, IA 50125-1813
515-961-0541

TAPE – 412

(dialing sounds) (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: Good afternoon. Ananolis (ph) Planned Parenthood. This is Linda. May I help you?

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

CLINIC: No, we do not.

CALLER: Oh, well, do you know of any place that does?

CLINIC: They do do them at the central location in Des Moines. I could give you that number.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: It’s 280-7000.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you — well, do you guys do pregnancy tests there?

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, do you know — like it’s just — I’m just worried about all this because like my friend told me that since like I’m going to be 14 in March, she said that they would have to tell my parents about getting an abortion. And my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just take care of all this and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No. Only one parent has to be notified if you’re under 18.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: There is a parental notification law.

CALLER: But I can’t tell anybody. I mean, if they found out that I was having sex with my boyfriend I don’t know what they would do. They can’t find out at all.

CLINIC: That’s the state law.

CALLER: Is there any way not to tell them at all?

CLINIC: Not unless you would go before a judge and ask to have permission to have a bypass for them not to tell your parents.

CALLER: Oh. Well, do I need a lawyer for that?

CLINIC: Yes. You would have to contact, and there’s a number and a pamphlet that we have got.

CALLER: Oh. Well, how much does it cost to get a lawyer?

CLINIC: I think they do it for free. I think it’s through Drake Law School probably, somewhere around there.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, is there any reason why a judge would say no for that?

CLINIC: I don’t have any idea. I mean, it would just depend on whether you could convince him that that’s what you wanted to do and what you needed to do without your parents knowing.

CALLER: Well, do you know if he’s ever said no?

CLINIC: I don’t know that.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, so, if I come in for a pregnancy test is it all right if my boyfriend’s there with me?

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: Okay. Well, say that the pregnancy test ended up being like that I wasn’t pregnant. Do you guys have birth control there?

CLINIC: Yes.

CALLER: But would you guys have to tell anybody that I was on birth control though?

CLINIC: No. That is not something that we have to notify anyone for.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: You can do birth control without —

CALLER: It’s just my boyfriend and I don’t want to have to go through all this again, so. But if he was there, like we were talking about this and we decided that we don’t want anyone to know about us. If he was there with me would you guys have to have him sign anything or tell anybody?

CLINIC: That he was here with you to get birth control?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Or the pregnancy test?

CLINIC: No, that is strictly confidential for those things, and that’s up to you if you tell anybody. We don’t.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Okay. Well, so —

CLINIC: Could you hold just a moment while I get my other line?

CALLER: Well, I’ll just — I’m all done I guess.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: Okay, thanks.

(phone clicks)

*** THE END ***

#423 – Planned Parenthood in Fort Madison, IA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
4821 AVENUE O # 2
FORT MADISON, IA 52627-9677
319-372-1130

TAPE – 423

(dialing sounds) (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. This is Dianna.

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

CLINIC: We do not, no.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know of anybody that does?

CLINIC: If you look in the yellow pages under abortion services, they’re listed.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: Well, do you know like one that’s good?

CLINIC: They’re all good.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: Yeah.

CALLER: Okay. Well, could I like — I’m just really scared of everything because like my last period was like December 21st, and I don’t know what to do. But could I come in there for like a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: Okay. Yeah, you can do that. Let me set up an appointment here for you.

CALLER: Okay. You sure that like — I’m just worried because like my friend told me that since like I’ll be 14 in March she said that they would have to — that you guys would have to tell my parents. But —

CLINIC: Well, we don’t, but when you go — you have to have permission from your parents.

CALLER: Oh. Well, my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just give permission?

CLINIC: No. It has to be a parent.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: It’s a law in Iowa. Yeah. There is a place in Peoria, and they don’t have to have parental consent.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: But — yeah. It’s quite a ways away. But that’s a possibility for you.

CALLER: I just can’t tell my parents at all.

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: I mean, I don’t know what they would do if they found out.

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: So I don’t —

CLINIC: Well, why don’t you come in for the pregnancy test? What time can you come in, do you think?

CALLER: Probably like tomorrow afternoon.

CLINIC: Okay. I’m not open on Tuesday. I could see you Wednesday.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay, what time Wednesday?

CALLER: Wednesday afternoon though?

CLINIC: Okay, let me see here. How about 3:30? Would that work?

CALLER: That would probably pretty good.

CLINIC: Okay. What’s your name?

CALLER: It’s Christine.

CLINIC: And your last name?

CALLER: Smith.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: Well, do you know like if the pregnancy test came out that I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys have birth control there?

CLINIC: We do, yes.

CALLER: Well, would you have to tell anybody I was on birth control though?

CLINIC: No. It’s all confidential.

CALLER: Okay. So even if like I’ll be 14 in March you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No. Uh-uh. Do you — have you been having regular periods?

CALLER: Well, yeah, usually.

CLINIC: Okay. Okay. Well, I have you down Wednesday the 27th at 3:30.

CALLER: Is it all right if my boyfriend’s there with me though?

CLINIC: Sure. That’s not a problem.

CALLER: Okay. Like — so, well, I guess I’ll talk to you later after I talk to my boyfriend. But thanks.

CLINIC: And you know where I’m located?

CALLER: Yeah. He knows.

CLINIC: Okay. We’ll see you then Wednesday.

CALLER: Okay, thanks.

CLINIC: Uh-huh. Bye bye.

(phone clicks)

*** THE END ***

#182 – Planned Parenthood in Des Moines, IA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
500 ARMY POST RD. # 17
DES MOINES, IA 50315-6240
515-285-6500

TAPE – 182

(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. Des Moines South.

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

CLINIC: Not at this clinic. You would need to contact the central location for that information.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Do you have their phone number?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: It’s — you have pen and paper?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: It’s 280-7002.

CALLER: 7002. Well, do you know like if you have to be a certain age to have an abortion?

CLINIC: How old are you?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: You do need to notify a parent.

CALLER: Is there any way not to do that? Like if I told them they would totally flip out because like — well like the problem is, my boyfriend’s 22, and we’re in love, and we’re going to get married, but like they hate him because they think he’s too old for me.

CLINIC: Okay. You can contact the central location. They may be able to help you out with that.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: But in the state of Iowa if you’re under 18 you’re required to give parental notification.

CALLER: And there’s no way around that at all?

CLINIC: You can contact the central location about that.

CALLER: Okay. Well, like do you guys do birth control there at all?

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Would you guys have to tell anybody about that?

CLINIC: Not for birth control.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: But we can’t get you started on birth control if you’re already pregnant.

CALLER: Oh. Well, okay. But my boyfriend just doesn’t want anybody to know, so they wouldn’t have to tell anybody, right?

CLINIC: Are you currently pregnant?

CALLER: Well, I think so. I don’t know.

CLINIC: Well, if you’re pregnant you’ll need to take care of that before we can offer you any birth control.

CALLER: Oh, all right. Well, like do you guys do pregnancy tests there?

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Okay. Would you have to tell anybody about that?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Did you want to set up an appointment for a pregnancy test?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. I could have you come in next Monday.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: What time can you come in?

CALLER: Well, I’d have to talk to my boyfriend to see what time is good for him, but I think probably like in the afternoon.

CLINIC: Okay. Do you want to check with him and give us a call back?

CALLER: Yeah. Is it okay if I — what was your name so that I can call you back?

CLINIC: You can contact any of us.

CALLER: Okay, well, is it okay if I call you because you’re just nice, so I don’t want to talk to anyone that’s mean.

CLINIC: My name’s Susan, but I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to answer the phone.

CALLER: Oh, all right. Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Thanks.

(phone clicks)
*** THE END ***
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#193 – Planned Parenthood in Keokik, IA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
206 1/2 N 7TH ST
KEOKIK, IA 52632-5529
319-524-2759

TAPE – 193

(dialing sound) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Good afternoon. This is Planned Parenthood. I’m Chelsea. How can I help you?

CALLER: Hi. I was just on the phone with you and my friend’s mom came in and I had to hang up real quick. I’m sorry.

CLINIC: Okay. Here she is. One second.

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Okay. Hello. This is Lisa, the nurse practitioner.

CALLER: Oh. Hi.

CLINIC: Hi. What can I do for you?

CALLER: Well, I was just like — my friend told me that my parents have to be told before I can have an abortion. Is that true?

CLINIC: Yes, it is.

CALLER: Okay. Is there any way around that? Like I can’t tell them at all because they hate my boyfriend, and if they found out — like well they hate him because — well, we’re going to get married, and he loves me, but like — I don’t know. He just said he was going to take care of me and everything. So they just can’t find out. Like he’s old enough to take care of me. He’s 22. But they can’t find out at all.

CLINIC: Well, if you’re going to get a termination there’s not really much that you can do about it because they will need parent consent. They have to — in order to get a termination or an abortion you have to have parental consent.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay? Or a guardian, whoever is your legal guardian, parental consent or guardian, okay?

CALLER: Well, say that I wasn’t pregnant and like do you guys do birth control there?

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: We do birth control. Yes, we do.

CALLER: But you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: Yes, I do.

CALLER: You do? About birth control?

CLINIC: If I know — no, not about the birth control, but if you come in and tell me your boyfriend is 22 years old, I have to turn him in for sexual abuse.

CALLER: What? But we’re in love. I don’t understand.

CLINIC: If you come in and you don’t tell me, you know, that your boyfriend is 22 years old, I don’t know how old your boyfriend is. You know? I mean, that’s none of my business. But if you come in and you tell me that your boyfriend is 22 years old, he’s going to get charged for statutory rape first of all.

CALLER: Like what could happen?

CLINIC: What could happen?

CALLER: Yeah. Well, would he get in trouble?

CLINIC: He could get in trouble, yeah. I mean, I don’t know. Yes, he — there is a possibility that he could get in trouble. I know — do your parents know that — your parents evidently do not know that you’re dating a 22-year-old man, right?

CALLER: Well, they just don’t like him. I mean, they know him.

CLINIC: Oh, they know that you guys are dating and having sex and everything?

CALLER: Well, no, but —

CLINIC: (laughs) Okay. Well, it sounds like you do need to get on some type of birth control definitely, okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All right?

CALLER: But you guys wouldn’t have to tell my parents about that?

CLINIC: No. We do not tell parents about birth control. No, we do not.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Now if you were pregnant, we wouldn’t even tell them that, okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All right? I mean, that’s something that you’ll have to — you would have to tell them. But if you want to get an abortion which we do not do here, and you’re under the age of 18, you have to have parental consent. Your parents have to know that you’re getting an abortion in the state of Iowa.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: Now in Illinois I don’t think that they have to know, but in Iowa if you go anywhere in Iowa they have to know. They have to know about it.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know like what I could do if I wanted to go to Illinois?

CLINIC: If you wanted to go to Illinois? You could come in and get a pregnancy test first of all. Then we could determine if you’re pregnant or not. Then we can give you a list of abortion facilities in the area.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: But like if I came in and got a pregnancy test you guys wouldn’t have to tell my parents about that?

CLINIC: No, I would not tell your parents you had a pregnancy test, no.

CALLER: Okay. So nobody would have to know at all?

CLINIC: No one would have to know at all. You’re exactly right.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Do you — would you like to call back later and make an appointment for a pregnancy test?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. Why don’t you do that? And then if you want to make an appointment for an annual exam, why don’t you go ahead and do that also? Okay? All right? An exam would be so we could get you started on some birth control if you’re not pregnant. That would probably be the best route to go.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All right.

CALLER: Thank you.

CLINIC: Thank you. Bye bye.

(phone clicks)

***THE END***

#183 – Planned Parenthood in Fort Dodge, IA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
310 2ND AVE S
FORT DODGE, IA 50501-3710
515-573-8131

TAPE – 183

(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood, Ft. Dodge Center. This is Angie.

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

CLINIC: Nope.

CALLER: No? Do you know any place that does?

CLINIC: Des Moines.

CALLER: Des Moines? Do you have that number?

CLINIC: Yep. It’s 1-800-568-2404.

CALLER: 2404? Do you know — like my friend said that you guys like have to know, like you guys have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion. Is that true?

CLINIC: We have to have parental consent if you’re under 18.

CALLER: Oh. Well, I’ll be 14 in March, but there’s no way they can find out because like — well like the problem is my boyfriend’s 22, and we’re planning on getting married, but they can’t find out because they hate him because they think he’s too old for me. So is there any way like —

CLINIC: Hold on a moment, okay?

CALLER: All right.

(music)

CLINIC: Hi, this is Lori. Can I help you?

CALLER: Hi, yeah. Well, I was asking like is there any way like my parents don’t have to know if I’m getting an abortion?

CLINIC: You can go through what’s called a judicial bypass.

CALLER: Uh-huh. What is that?

CLINIC: Um, where you go before a judge just to prove that you’re mature enough to make the decision.

CALLER: Do I have to get a lawyer?

CLINIC: They appoint one for you.

CALLER: Oh, they do?

CLINIC: Are you planning to go to the Des Moines Planned Parenthood?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. Probably what you need to do is call them and talk to someone down there about it.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Saying that you want to go through judicial bypass, and they’ll walk you through it.

CALLER: Does the judge ever say no or anything?

CLINIC: I don’t — not in this area. There are certain areas where you’ll get a stinky judge (laughs), but I don’t think we’ve had a problem. You know, you may wind up just going through Polk County too.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: But I don’t know the specifics of that because it doesn’t happen a lot.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: But the Des Moines Planned Parenthood are the ones that have to deal with that legally, so why don’t you give them a call? Explain your situation that you want to go through the judicial bypass. Have you watched the video and everything?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: Okay. They’ll probably recommend that you come in and do that and find —

CALLER: Do I have to tell the judge about my boyfriend?

CLINIC: I don’t know what questions they’ll ask.

CALLER: Oh, all right.

CLINIC: You know, I’ve never gone through the process with anybody, so I’m not sure what questions he asks.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: So I can’t — I don’t know. You know, that’s something you’d have to — I’m not — you know, I’m sure there are some judges that just go, yeah, okay, fine, let me sign it. And others may ask questions. So.

CALLER: Oh, all right.

CLINIC: I know. It’s not, it’s kind of a punitive act on the part of the legislature. (laughs)

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: We’re not too happy about it, but, you know, unfortunately we have to go by what the law says, so.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Why don’t you give them a call down there?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And they can help you through it. Okay?

CALLER: Well, like do you guys do pregnancy tests there?

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: Do you have to tell anybody about that if I —

CLINIC: No. Um-um.

CALLER: Okay. Like, well, say that I wasn’t pregnant. Do you guys do birth control there?

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: Okay, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about —

CLINIC: Nope.

CALLER: — that I was on birth control?

CLINIC: Uh-uh. Nope.

CALLER: Okay. Would like my boyfriend be able to pay for it and everything?

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: So, all right.

CLINIC: Do you want to schedule an appointment?

CALLER: Huh?

CLINIC: Do you want to schedule an appointment?

CALLER: Okay. Well, yeah.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: But you guys wouldn’t have to tell my parents? Because they can’t know at all, because they just hate my boyfriend because they think he’s too old for me.

CLINIC: Yeah. No, it’s — in Iowa there is no law stating that parents have to be notified if a minor gets birth control.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: All our services are confidential.

CALLER: My boyfriend said that nobody has to know.

CLINIC: Right.

CALLER: Right?

CLINIC: Right. The only time there’s parental notification is in the case of an abortion with a minor.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: So do you want to schedule for a pregnancy test?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. Just a moment, please.

(music)

CLINIC: I do have some openings this afternoon.

CALLER: Oh. Well, I’d have to call my boyfriend to see if I can —

CLINIC: Okay. Otherwise, I’ve got tomorrow or Monday too.

CALLER: You guys have a walk-in thing?

CLINIC: We really request that you call just because, you know, sometimes we have people scheduled during that time and —

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: — it’s kind of a wait. So we recommend that you call.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Ahead. Okay?

CALLER: Okay. Well, is it okay if I call you back?

CLINIC: That’s fine.

CALLER: What was your name?

CLINIC: Lori.

CALLER: Lori? All right. Okay.

CLINIC: Okay. Bye bye.

CALLER: Thanks.

(phone clicks)

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#194 – Planned Parenthood in Bettendorf, IA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
2751 TECH DR.
BETTENDORF, IA 52722-3242
563-449-1000

TAPE – 194

(dialing sound) (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: Thank you for calling Planned Parenthood in the Quad Cities. This is Steven. How can I help you?

CALLER: Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there?

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: Yeah?

CLINIC: Yeah.

CALLER: Do you have to be a specific age for that?

CLINIC: No. If you’re a minor we have to have some sort of parental notification. You may not need permission but you have to have a form filled out signed by a parent or a guardian.

CALLER: Is there any way not to do that? Like I can’t tell my parents at all because like the problem is my boyfriend is 22 and we’re in love and we’re going to get married, but my parents hate him because they think he’s too old for me.

CALLER: Okay. Then you’ll have to what they call a judicial bypass. What that basically is is you go, you call the circuit of the clerk, clerk of the circuit court I believe is what it is, in Scott County here. And basically they’ll just — I have to give you information or we have to provide some information before you actually see the judge because it will basically fill you in on how you need to answer questions and what not when you see the judge for a judicial bypass.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And usually they’ll put you through as Jane Doe so it’s all confidential for you. And the judge will basically grant you that once you answer the questions.

CALLER: Okay. So do I have to tell them about my boyfriend or anything?

CLINIC: No. Basically they’ll ask why you want the abortion, and you know you’ll have to answer the questions properly and why you don’t want to talk to your parents about it or why you can’t talk to your parents about it, things like that. So I’m not going to tell you to make up any stories or whatever, but whatever answer you give will determine whether or not they can grant you a judicial bypass.

CALLER: How do I know what answers to give them?

CLINIC: I just said I have information for you that you can pick up or I can send to you, or whichever you like to do, make an appointment. That way you’ll be, you’ll be prepared to do so.

CALLER: Okay. Do I have to get a lawyer for that or anything?

CLINIC: No, no. You have to just talk to the clerk of the circuit court. You call them up and they’ll set you up an appointment to go in and see the judge.

CALLER: Okay. And do they ever say no or anything?

CLINIC: So far they haven’t. I haven’t any experience in that at all, you know. People that have actually gone through it haven’t had any problems. But you have to make sure you get your information and once, before you actually see the judge that day.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Did you want to set up an appointment?

CALLER: Well, I’d have to talk to my boyfriend and see when he can get off work to know when to come in, but do you guys do like pregnancy tests there?

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: Yeah? Would you have to tell anybody about that?

CLINIC: Um-um. Everything we do here is confidential.

CALLER: Okay. Would it be all right if my boyfriend brings me?

CLINIC: Yeah. That’s fine.

CALLER: Okay. If I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys like do birth control there?

CLINIC: Um-hum. We sure do.

CALLER: And you wouldn’t have to tell anybody if I was on birth control, right?

CLINIC: Nope. Not at all.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, I’ll call you back.

CLINIC: All right.

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: You’re welcome.

CALLER: Bye.

CLINIC: Bye bye.

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#184 – Planned Parenthood in Storm Lake, IA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
720 ERIE ST
STORM LAKE, IA 50588-1810
712-732-5454

TAPE – 184

(dialing sound) (ringing 6X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood Storm Lake Center. This is Chris.

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

CLINIC: We do not.

CALLER: You don’t?

CLINIC: The nearest clinic would be Sioux City.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Do you want the telephone number?

CALLER: Yes, please.

CLINIC: Okay. It’s 712-276-6290.

CALLER: Okay. Do you know like if they have to tell my parents or anything?

CLINIC: How old are you?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: Okay. That is something you’ll have to discuss with them.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, it’s just my parents can’t find out at all —

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: Because the problem is, my boyfriend’s 22, and we’re going to get married and everything, but they hate him because they think he’s too old for me, so.

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: So if they found out, I don’t know what they would do.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: They can’t find out at all.

CLINIC: Well, there is a new law that’s parental notification. Okay?

CALLER: Oh. Is there any way —

CLINIC: It’s not parental consent. But I would encourage you to ask — you know, talk to them about it, you know, because —

CALLER: I can’t talk to them. They don’t understand.

CLINIC: No, no. Sioux City, the clinic in Sioux City.

CALLER: Oh, all right.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Do you think that they would have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: I’m not sure what ways would be around that. You would have to talk to them, okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Because we do not provide that service here.

CALLER: Oh. Well, like do you guys do pregnancy tests there?

CLINIC: Yes. We do that.

CALLER: Oh. Well, would you have to tell my parents about that?

CLINIC: No. Certainly not.

CALLER: So you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No. No.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Do you want to come in for that?

CALLER: Well, yeah, I guess.

CLINIC: Okay. Do you want to come today?

CALLER: I’d have to call my boyfriend to see when he could get off work to bring me, but.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, that’s something we can do any time, so after you talk to him, why don’t you call me, and we’ll start with that.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: He was wondering about like birth control too. Do you guys do that?

CLINIC: Um-hum, yes.

CALLER: But would you guys have to tell anybody about that?

CLINIC: Nope. Nope. That’s all confidential.

CALLER: All right. Okay.

CLINIC: So I would strongly encourage you to talk to him.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And get — and call me and we’ll set something up, okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: And you’re Chris?

CLINIC: This is Chris. But yeah, you want to call and — have you done a pregnancy test?

CALLER: Well, I did a home pregnancy test over the weekend, and it was positive. I don’t — are they really all that good, or —

CLINIC: A lot of times you’re more likely to have a false negative than a false positive. Okay?

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: So that may be accurate but I would be more than happy to bring you in here. And I can dig into my information more on minors and pregnancy and I can try to find more out for you, and we’ll go from there. But I would like to, you know, bring you on in.

CALLER: Is it okay if my boyfriend comes with me?

CLINIC: Yeah, that would be fine. That would be just fine.

CALLER: And you guys wouldn’t have to have him like fill out any information?

CLINIC: Uh-uh.

CALLER: Or tell anybody?

CLINIC: No. No.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: No. So, yeah, I’d really encourage you to come in.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay? So why don’t you give me a call when you know what works, and we’ll get something worked out.

CALLER: Okay, thanks.

CLINIC: Okay, you’re welcome. Bye.

CALLER: Bye.

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#195 – Planned Parenthood in Le Mars, IA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
27 PLYMOUTH ST NW
LE MARS, IA 51031-3522
712-546-4030

TAPE – 195

(dialing sound) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Thank you for calling Le Mars Planned Parenthood. This is Nicki.

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there?

CLINIC: We don’t have abortion services available here. We do have referrals as far as where you can go though.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Are you needing those services or just need information about them, or —

CALLER: Well, I just have a lot of questions but I’m pretty sure I need to do this.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: What I’ll do, I can give you the Sioux City phone number. They would have more information for you.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: They do have abortion services available there so they can answer probably a few more questions than what I can. Are you calling long distance? Do you need an 800 number?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: Okay. Is Sioux City local for you?

CALLER: Yeah, it’s fine.

CLINIC: Okay. It would be 276-6290.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And the staff there should be able to answer any questions. If you have any other questions too, certainly give me a call and I’ll try to help you out.

CALLER: Well, is it all right if I ask you now?

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: Well like, my main question is like is there like an age requirement or anything to have an abortion?

CLINIC: There is no age requirement. There is a state law that has — it’s called parental notification law for anyone that is 17 and under. What that is, is where they would need to contact a family member, usually I think it has to be like a parent or a guardian. Sometimes I think it can be like a grandparent possibly, but you’ll have to talk with them just to make sure that that’s up to date. But they just need to notify them somehow or —

CALLER: Is there any way not to do that? Because like my parents can’t find out at all. It’s just — the problem is, my boyfriend, he’s 22. And we’re in love, and we’re going to get married, but my parents hate him because they think he’s too old for me, and they just can’t find out at all.

CLINIC: Okay. There is one other way. It would have — it’s called judicial bypass where you would need to go in front of a judge and just let the judge know why you feel that you’re responsible enough and old enough that you can make this decision for yourself without your parents knowing.

CALLER: Would I need to get a lawyer for that?

CLINIC: There is a lawyer that would be assigned to you.

CALLER: Oh, all right.

CLINIC: So it would be — I don’t believe it’s any cost to you. It would be something that the county or the state wherever you would go would provide that lawyer with you.

CALLER: Like what if the judge said no?

CLINIC: Then you would have to have the parents notified.

CALLER: Oh. But does that happen a lot?

CLINIC: You know, it just varies from place to place. It depends on what judge you get. So, and I’m not familiar with how it’s been going around here. But the Sioux City clinic could tell you a little bit better on what you can do. We also have a staff attorney that you could talk to too if you have any questions.

CALLER: Well, is it okay if my boyfriend brings me to get like a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: Sure. You can come in. Yeah. You can come in on your own for just a pregnancy test if you’d like to or he can bring you. It doesn’t matter.

CALLER: Would anybody have to know that I’m getting a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: No?

CLINIC: All of our services are confidential. The parental notification thing is a state law that we need to follow, so that’s why we would need to follow that. But otherwise any other medical services that you would get here are completely confidential no matter how old you are.

CALLER: Like my boyfriend was also wanting to know like about birth control too. Do you guys do that?

CLINIC: Yes. Yes, we could talk to you about that. It’s — I mean, if you are considering having an abortion you might want to talk with the Sioux City clinic first because they would normally do all of that with you too anyway. So I mean, you might just save you a trip too, so you can talk with them and schedule that too. I mean, we could certainly do it here, but you know what I mean they’re going to want to do that when you, if you would go to Sioux City or whatever clinic that you would go to. They’d want to do that there too.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Are you from this area where Sioux City would be the closest for you, or —

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay, because I was going to say there is also Sioux Falls Planned Parenthood and there’s also a clinic in Omaha that we sometimes refer to as far as the closest locations to here anyway.

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

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: That’s a service that is confidential.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: So is it all right if I like call you back or whatever?

CLINIC: Sure. Did I already give you the Sioux City number?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. And I can give you their 800 number too. I don’t know if —

CALLER: That’s all right.

CLINIC: Okay. Okay. And they’re open until 5:00 today, so you could certainly call there and ask them any questions too.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Uh-huh. Bye.

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#185 – Planned Parenthood in Cedar Falls, IA

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
2520 MELROSE DR # D
CEDAR FALLS, IA 50613-5248
319-277-3333

TAPE – 185

(dialing sound) (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood, Cedar Falls. This is Brooke. How can I help you?

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

CLINIC: Not at this clinic. Our other Planned Parenthoods do though. Do you need some numbers?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. What town do you live in?

CALLER: I live in Parkersberg.

CLINIC: Okay. So I assume Iowa City would probably still be closer to you?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. I’ll give you a couple of different numbers in case Iowa City couldn’t get you in right away.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay. Think about Des Moines. Our Des Moines number is 800-568-2404.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Iowa City is 1-800-568-2368.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And just — here’s another one. There’s an Emma Goldman Clinic in Iowa City that performs abortions. I’ve got that number too if you’d like that.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: It’s 319-337-2111.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know like if they have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion?

CLINIC: How old are you?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: You can do — if you want to make an appointment to come in here we can go over some things with you. There’s something called judicial bypass.

CALLER: Uh-huh. What’s that?

CLINIC: Where you talk to an attorney, and I believe it’s free, and you can go in front of a judge and ask to have an abortion without your parents.

CALLER: Okay. Does he ever say no or anything?

CLINIC: Not usually.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: I don’t have all that information. I know that if you wanted to come in here though we could get you all the information.

CALLER: Okay. Well, it’s just, I can’t tell my parents at all for — like because my boyfriend’s 22, and we’re going to get married and everything, but he — my parents hate him because they think that he’s too old for me. So they can’t find out.

CLINIC: Okay. Yeah. So you would probably want — and that’s what you can explain.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: You would probably want to —

CALLER: Is it okay if he comes in with me to see you?

CLINIC: That’s fine. Part of the appointment he may, they may ask that he wait out there just so they can talk to you first to make sure, just get your feelings on it, and then he can be included in it also.

CALLER: Okay. But you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody or anything?

CLINIC: No. No. Absolutely not.

CALLER: Okay. Well, like would you be doing like the pregnancy test there?

CLINIC: We could. Did you do like a home pregnancy test?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: We could do another one.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: It’s up to you.

CALLER: But you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody about that or anything?

CLINIC: No. Uh-uh. It’s absolutely confidential.

CALLER: Okay. My boyfriend was also wondering about birth control. Do you do that there?

CLINIC: Yep. We do.

CALLER: Would you have to tell anybody like if I was on birth control?

CLINIC: No. Absolutely not. And if you do choose to have the abortion, if you go to one of our Planned Parenthoods they can start you on a method that day.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And whether they send you home with pills; or if you choose like a depo or Lunel (sp) shot. Those are a little more expensive than birth control pills, but they’ll send you home with something that day.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: You could just pick them up. They may send you home with three packs. That would be three months worth. You could come to our clinic and then just pick them up every three months or every couple months.

CALLER: How much would it cost?

CLINIC: Do you work at all?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: They could be anywhere from $5 to $8 a month.

CALLER: Oh, okay. All right. Would it be all right like if my boyfriend came and picked up like the other ones? Like if he came up and picked up the birth control?

CLINIC: Yeah. Once either patients who have abortions get a prescription that day and you leave with them, or we wouldn’t be able to see you, you know, while you were pregnant. So it would have to be — or you wait after the abortion, come in here and have an appointment, and then we get you started on a method.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: So, you know, most — it’s going to be you who has to be in here.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: So. But after that then if you need him to pick them up, he can always stop in the office and get them.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: And you guys don’t have to tell anybody or anything?

CLINIC: No, it’s all confidential.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: So do you want to come in then and talk about that judicial bypass and get the information on that?

CALLER: Yeah. I just have to call him and see when he can take me.

CLINIC: Okay. Why don’t you call him, and then call us back?

CALLER: Okay. Thanks.

CLINIC: Thanks. Uh-huh.

CALLER: Bye.

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