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PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF MID-MICHIGAN
3100 PROFESSIONAL DR
ANN ARBOR, MI 48104-5131
TAPE – 524
(dialing sounds) (ringing 1X)
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CLINIC: Thank you for calling Planned Parenthood. This is Aisha (sp) speaking. How may I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: We do.
CALLER: Okay. Well, how does that cost?
CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know – I’m just worried because like my friend told me — well, I’m going to be 14 in March, and she said that you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend is 22. Is that old enough to take care of it and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: What do you mean?
CALLER: Well, I don’t want my parents to know, but —
CLINIC: No. Since you are the minor, he can’t of course step in and say, you know — you know, it’s okay for her to do it. No. What we would have to do is have you to get a judicial bypass, and pretty much what that is is going in front of a judge and the judge basically saying it’s okay for you to make the decision to have an abortion.
CALLER: Does he ever say it’s not okay?
CLINIC: In some cases that is the case. I mean, he can say no, yes. But I mean, it depends of course on circumstances in which of course if you want an abortion if he did not grant the judicial bypass then of course you would have to tell your parents.
CALLER: Oh. Well, how much does that cost?
CLINIC: The judicial bypass doesn’t cost.
CALLER: Oh, really?
CALLER: Okay. But would he have to tell my parents if he said no?
CLINIC: You would have to tell your parents to get parental consent.
CALLER: Oh. But you won’t tell my parents anything?
CLINIC: No. Everything that we do here is confidential.
CALLER: All right. Well, so could I come in for a pregnancy test just to make sure?
CLINIC: I’m sorry?
CALLER: Could I come in there for a pregnancy test just to make sure I was pregnant? It’s just I’m worried about all this because I haven’t had my period since like December 21st, and I’m scared.
CLINIC: Yeah. You would definitely want to come in for a pregnancy test, and we do them on a donation basis. So if you haven’t had a period since December 21st, was that the first day of your last normal menstrual period?
CLINIC: Okay. If that was the case and you were to be pregnant you would be about 9 weeks and 4 days pregnant. Okay?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: So yeah, you would definitely want to try to come in as quickly as possible to get a pregnancy test just so you know where to go from there.
CALLER: Okay. Well, my boyfriend would be the only way I could get there. Is that all right if he’s there with me?
CLINIC: That’s fine.
CALLER: Well, he said that he was going to pay for everything too, so — but my, but he doesn’t want to fill out a lot of paper and sign stuff. Would he have to sign anything?
CLINIC: No. He doesn’t have to sign anything. All of the information that we are going to need would be pertaining to you.
CALLER: Okay. Well, if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth controls just so that we don’t have to worry about all this again?
CLINIC: Well, yeah. If in fact you were not pregnant what we would have to do is set you up for an exam and you would meet with one of the clinicians and then basically you would speak with the clinician about which birth control pill would be better for you.
CALLER: Okay. Well, would you have to tell anybody if I was on birth control though?
CLINIC: I’m sorry?
CALLER: Would you have to tell anybody if I was on birth control though?
CALLER: Okay. If I had any other questions could I call and talk to you and ask you? What’s your name?
CLINIC: Yeah. My name is Asia.
CLINIC: What was your name?
CALLER: It’s Christine.
CLINIC: Okay. Christine?
CLINIC: Okay, Christine. Yeah, if you have any other questions just call me, okay?
CLINIC: All righty.
CALLER: And I could come in for a pregnancy test what time?
CLINIC: You can come in any time today. We’re open until 8:00, okay? You get to walk in for that. You don’t need an appointment.
CLINIC: You’re welcome.
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