Listen to the Call:
2751 TECH DR.
BETTENDORF, IA 52722-3242
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?
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.
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.
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?
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: Well, I’ll call you back.
CLINIC: All right.
CLINIC: You’re welcome.
CLINIC: Bye bye.