Listen to the Call:
1212 7TH ST. NW
ROCHESTER, MN 55901-1733
TAPE – 310
(Dialing, phone ringing 2x)
CLINIC: Rochester Planned Parenthood. Can I help you?
CALLER: Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: No, not in this clinic. We do have some clinics in the city that do.
CALLER: Okay. Do you have that phone number?
CLINIC: Sure. Hang on one second.
RECORDING: Our nurse practitioners and doctors work with you helping to find the method that fits best with your lifestyle and personal —
CLINIC: Okay. You’re ready?
CLINIC: All right. There’s a Planned Parenthood. It’s called the Highland Clinic, St. Paul. The toll free number is 1-877-890-6225. There’s also the Midwest Health Center in Minneapolis. That’s 612-332-2311. There’s also a Dr. Mildred Hanson in Minneapolis, 612-870-1334. And there’s Surgical Specialties at the St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center. They have a toll free number. It’s 1-800-332-5720, extension 3200.
CALLER: Okay. Do you know if you guys — well, my friend told me that since I’ll be 14 in March that you guys have to have my parents sign some stuff. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he sign whatever that is?
CLINIC: No. But there is something called the judicial bypass that you can get. You don’t have to have your parents’ consent.
CALLER: Well, he’s an adult. Why can’t he sign whatever it is?
CLINIC: Because he’s not really your guardian.
CALLER: Oh, okay. How much does it cost for a judicial bypass?
CLINIC: I don’t think there’s a cost for that, but the abortion itself is $450.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: You have to have that available.
CALLER: Well, he said he was going to take care of everything.
CLINIC: Okay. All right. Well, if you call those phone numbers and tell them that you are in need of that, and they can give you all the information about what you need to do and where you need to call.
CALLER: And you don’t think that they would have to say anything to my parents or anybody? We just can’t let anyone know for any reason.
CLINIC: Nope. You’re protected by law that you do not have to do that as long as you can get the judicial bypass.
CALLER: What I can’t get that? Is there any reason why they wouldn’t let me have that?
CLINIC: Generally not. Usually that’s not a problem. I don’t know of anybody that’s tried to get that and has not been able to. So that’s usually not a problem. Just make sure you ask about that information.
CALLER: I’m just really worried because my last period was like the second week in December. Is there any way that I couldn’t be pregnant?
CLINIC: Have you done a pregnancy test?
CALLER: Well, no.
CLINIC: Okay. You probably need to do a pregnancy test to make certain. I mean, it’s possible sometimes you can actually skip periods for whatever reason.
CALLER: Well, could I come in there for a pregnancy test?
CLINIC: Sure. You don’t need an appointment, you can just walk in.
CALLER: Is it all right if my boyfriend brings me and everything?
CLINIC: Yep, that’s fine.
CALLER: So if I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control there?
CLINIC: We wouldn’t be able to give it to you that day. We could set up an appointment for you to come for a complete physical exam and a pap smear, and we could get you going that way.
CALLER: Okay. Because my boyfriend doesn’t want to have to go through this again.
CLINIC: Yeah. That would probably be good.
CALLER: If I was on birth control would you guys have to tell anybody that I was?
CLINIC: Nope. It’s all confidential.
CLINIC: All right?
CALLER: Would it be possible for him to pick up the pills?
CLINIC: No. You’re going to have to come in for an actual exam, and we give them to you that day. We give them to you that day when you come in for the exam.
CALLER: Well, like after the exam or whatever? Because I don’t drive. He’s the only one that could —
CLINIC: You have to come back one more time to do a blood pressure check and a weight check because we have to make sure you’re doing okay on the pills. And then after that we give you the whole year, so the next time you come back is for the exam. And then we can give you all the pills anyway.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: There really isn’t a time that we need to have him come back, and we really have to have you come in to get them because they’re for you.
CALLER: If he had any questions, what was your name? Could I call you back?
CLINIC: Sure. My name’s Lisa. You can ask for any of the nurses. Any of us can help you with it.
CLINIC: You bet. Bye bye.