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#301 – Planned Parenthood in Alberta Lea, MN

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PO BOX 1006
ALBERTA LEA, MN 56007-1006

TAPE – 301

(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood, Albert Lee. This is Carol. How can I help you?

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

CLINIC: No, we don’t. The only facilities that provide that service in the Planned Parenthood system here in Minnesota would be in St. Paul.

CALLER: Oh. Do you have that phone number?

CLINIC: Yes. I can give that to you. It’s a toll free number. It is 1-877-890-6225.

CALLER: Okay. Well, is it okay if I ask a quick question?


CALLER: My friend told me — I’ll be 14 in March, and she said that they would have to my parents sign some stuff. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he sign that?

CLINIC: Not unless he’s your legal guardian.

CALLER: No. So is there any way that my parents don’t have to find out?

CLINIC: There is what they call a judicial bypass. And that they use sometimes where they get a judge to sign it like if they can’t locate your parents or something like that. But you can ask them more questions when you call that toll free number because they may know some other information that would apply.

CALLER: Oh, okay.


CALLER: Well, could I get a pregnancy test where you’re at?

CLINIC: Do you not know whether or not you’re pregnant?

CALLER: Well, not really. It’s just I’m scare because my last period was the second week in December, and I just don’t know.

CLINIC: And you haven’t used any method of birth control or anything?


CLINIC: Okay. Yeah, you better come in and get a test. The nurse will be here this afternoon until 6:30. It is a urine pregnancy test, so you will need to give us a urine specimen when you come in.

CALLER: You guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody that I was there for that?

CLINIC: No, that’s strictly confidential. The only thing that requires your parents to know is if you’re having something that requires more significant medical treatment, but not birth control services or testing for sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy tests.

CALLER: Is it okay if my boyfriend brings me and is there with me?

CLINIC: Um-hmm.

CALLER: Well, he just doesn’t want anybody in there to know about him. You guys wouldn’t tell anybody about him or anything?

CLINIC: No. We don’t tell anybody about the patients that come to visit us or the people that they’re associated with.

CALLER: Oh, okay.



CLINIC: All righty.

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Bye bye.