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VIRGINIA LEAGUE FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD
3415 FLOYD AVE.
RICHMOND, VA 23220
TAPE – 707
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CLINIC: Good afternoon. This is Planned Parenthood. Kimberly speaking. How may I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: Yes, we do. Can you hold on for a moment?
CLINIC: Okay, thanks. (pause) I had a line of people. Okay. You needed to know different information about —
CALLER: Is this Kimberly?
CLINIC: Yes. (laughs) Are you in school or are you in the working field?
CALLER: I’m homeschooled.
CLINIC: How old are you?
CALLER: I’m going to be 14 later on this month. But the thing is, my friend told me that you guys would have to tell my parents about all this. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just take care of it all and you wouldn’t have to tell them about it to anybody?
CLINIC: No, because we have to have at least one parent signs a consent form.
CALLER: Oh. Well, is there any way around that because I can’t tell my parents about this at all.
CLINIC: Okay. I believe — I can give you the number to Washington DC clinic. I don’t believe that you have to have consent for that. Let me pull that up for you, okay?
CLINIC: Because we can’t do it unless you’re either — one of your parents, your legal guardian.
CLINIC: Only way that, you know, we can do that.
CALLER: Well, could I come in there for a pregnancy test just to make sure I am pregnant?
CLINIC: You sure can, but we’re actually getting ready to close. But on Monday we’re open for pregnancy tests 12:30 to 4:30, and then we resume doing them from 5:30 to 6:30.
CALLER: But would you have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: No. No. That’s absolutely — you don’t have to. And we also have what we call the HOPE program where if you wanted to get on birth control you don’t have to have a parent sign for that either. It’s just when it’s something of the medical procedure like that, you know, and you’re underage we have to have the consent form. Do you want the DC number or did you want to come in for —
CALLER: My boyfriend and I were talking about all this, and we don’t want anyone to know about us. But he said he would pay cash for everything. So would his name have to be on any forms if he was paying for like the pregnancy test and everything?
CLINIC: Pregnancy tests is absolutely free. You don’t have to pay anything for it.
CALLER: Okay. So if it turned out I wasn’t pregnant could I get birth control from you guys?
CLINIC: You sure could.
CALLER: It’s just we don’t want to have to go through all this again, so.
CLINIC: Right, right. Because it’s that worry, and it’s very stressful. We have what we call the HOPE program which is $15.
CALLER: For the birth control?
CLINIC: For you to come in, talk to a nurse practitioner, and then she can write you a scrip, and then each birth control pack would be $12 per month.
CALLER: Okay. Well, I don’t drive yet. Would my boyfriend be able to pick up the pills?
CLINIC: He sure would be able to, yes.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: And he can pay cash for them so that there’s no — you know. But we will have to have your name on our records because we have to, you know, as —
CALLER: Well, yeah. I just, we just don’t want his name on anything, so.
CLINIC: Right. Right.
CLINIC: That’s perfectly fine. (laughs)
CLINIC: Okay? Do you know how to get here or does he know how to get here?
CALLER: He knows.
CLINIC: Okay. I would suggest coming in on Monday and you know, doing a pregnancy test.
CALLER: Okay. And I could get the DC number from you guys if I needed to?
CLINIC: Yes. The DC, yes. Yes.
CALLER: If I turned out pregnant I could go there?
CLINIC: Right, uh-huh. Are you more than two weeks late for your period?
CALLER: Yeah. Well, I haven’t had my period since January 3. So that’s why we’re just really worried.
CLINIC: Yeah. Okay. Well, definitely come in on Monday, okay?
CALLER: Okay. And you’re sure in DC they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: I’ll find out for you.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: All right, and we’ll see you on Monday then.
CALLER: Okay, thanks.
CLINIC: You’re welcome.
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