Listen to the Call:
1219 N 3RD ST
MARQUETTE, MI 49855-3009
TAPE – 322
(Dialing, phone ringing 2x)
CLINIC: Good afternoon. Planned Parenthood. May I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: No, we don’t do abortions here, but I could give you some information on where to go for that.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Okay. Can I put you on hold real quick, please?
CLINIC: Thank you.
CLINIC: Thanks for holding.
CLINIC: Are you interested in going close by or somewhere where it’s cheaper?
CALLER: Well, I guess the cheaper place is better.
CLINIC: Okay. The cheaper place would be Saginaw.
CLINIC: Their phone number is 1-800-660-6234. You can tell them that Planned Parenthood up here in Marquette gave you the telephone number, and they might take a $25 discount off.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: Their price is about $280. They do them from 6 to 12 weeks. Do you by any chance know if you’re RH negative or not?
CALLER: No, I don’t know.
CLINIC: You don’t know what your blood type is?
CALLER: No. How do you know how many weeks you are?
CLINIC: When was the first day of your last period?
CALLER: It was December 14th.
CLINIC: Okay. Let me do some calculating here.
CALLER: Are you there?
CLINIC: I’m here. Okay. Let’s see here. December 14th, and today is February 20th. That puts you at about ten-and-a-half weeks. So if you’re going to do this, you need to call them and get this set up within the next week or week-and-a-half.
CALLER: Well, my friend just told me — I’ll be 14 in March, and she said that my parents have to sign some stuff. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of that?
CLINIC: Nope. Nope, nope, nope.
CLINIC: You have to have your parents’ permission to do this or you need to go before a judge and have the judge deem you old enough.
CLINIC: The only thing is, if you go before a judge, don’t tell him how old your boyfriend is.
CLINIC: Because he can go right out and have him arrested for statutory rape.
CALLER: He could be arrested?
CALLER: He can’t be arrested. We’re in love. We’re going to get married. I don’t understand.
CLINIC: You’re 14. It doesn’t matter.
CALLER: What can I do?
CLINIC: Don’t tell anybody how old he is for one thing.
CALLER: Oh, all right. Does it cost anything to get the judicial bypass?
CLINIC: Nope. What I do need to do — what you need to do is go through a lawyer.
CALLER: How much does a lawyer cost?
CLINIC: You’ll have to call her. She might do them for free.
CALLER: Oh, really?
CLINIC: Yeah. The phone number is 228-9001. And if you guys are going to get married in June, why don’t you just go talk to your parents?
CALLER: Well, we’re not going to get married in June. I mean, he’s got to go through — like he’s got to finish college and everything, and he’s only — well, he’s like in his second year so he’s got a while still.
CLINIC: All right. But yeah, her name is Priscilla Bernam (ph). And the number is 228-9001, and talk to her. The sooner the better.
CALLER: All right. Well, could I come in there for a pregnancy test?
CLINIC: Have you had a pregnancy test yet?
CALLER: No. I’m just scared because I haven’t had my period for a while.
CLINIC: Have you been having any signs of a pregnancy?
CALLER: No. Well, I don’t think so.
CLINIC: All right. Why don’t we have you come in tomorrow. And we’ll run a pregnancy test. And if it’s positive, we’ll go from there.
CALLER: Okay. Well, what time tomorrow?
CLINIC: Just come in when you can.
CALLER: Okay. Is it all right if it’s in the afternoon? Because my boyfriend would have bring me. I don’t have any other way to get there.
CALLER: Okay. Would he have to sign anything? He just doesn’t want anybody to know about him.
CALLER: You guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody that I was there?
CLINIC: No. This is a completely confidential thing. I’m just warning you that if you go before a judge don’t say anything about your boyfriend’s age.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: Because with you being under the age of consent, it doesn’t matter whether you’re in love and whether your parents approve or not, he can still be arrested.
CALLER: Okay. If the pregnancy test was negative, do you guys do birth control there?
CLINIC: Yes, we do.
CALLER: Would you have to tell anybody that I was on birth control?
CLINIC: Nope, not a soul. That’s between you, your boyfriend and us.
CALLER: I just wish I could talk to my mom like I can talk to you. Is it all right if I call and ask you other questions if I think of anything?
CLINIC: Sure. Yeah, if you think of anything, just give us a call.
CALLER: What was your name?
CLINIC: If I can’t answer it, I can switch it on to somebody else. My name is Allison.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: But yeah, just give us a call anytime if you want to talk.
CLINIC: You’re welcome.