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#115 – Planned Parenthood in Ames, IA

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AMES, IA 50014-7272

TAPE – 115

(Dialing, phone ringing)

CLINIC: Good afternoon, Planned Parenthood, (unclear). This is Alicia (sp). How can I help you?

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

CLINIC: We do it in Des Moines.

CALLER: In Des Moines?

CLINIC: Yeah. Do you want that phone number?

CALLER: Yeah, okay.

CLINIC: It is 515-280-7000.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Do you know 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: There are a few things that you can do to get around that, but they have to be really pertinent reasons. But I am not sure exactly what those are. They should be able to tell you a little bit more about there.

CALLER: Okay. My parents can’t find out at all, because if they do — my boyfriend’s 22. We’re in love, and we’re going to get married. But they hate him because they think he’s too old for me. So there’s just no way they can find out.

CLINIC: Well, probably Des Moines will probably know a little bit more about that.

CALLER: Well, if I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys do birth control there?

CLINIC: Yeah, we do.

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


CALLER: All right. Is it all right if my boyfriend comes with me to get birth control?

CLINIC: Yes, that’s certainly fine. Are you worried about — like did you just have unprotected sex?

CALLER: Well, my last period was like the first week in December. I did a home pregnancy test over the weekend, and it said I was positive.

CLINIC: Okay. You’re going to probably want to call Des Moines then, and see what kind of options they have for you.

CALLER: Okay. If I talk to my boyfriend later on today, and he has questions, is it all right if I call you back and talk to you?

CLINIC: Yeah, you can. Or else you can call Des Moines because they’ll probably have a little bit more information for you.

CALLER: All right.


CALLER: Okay. But they wouldn’t tell anybody either?

CLINIC: No. No. It’s totally confidential.


CLINIC: All right.

CALLER: Okay, thanks.

CLINIC: Yep. Bye bye.