Listen to the Call:
2971 S. OLD HIGHWAY 94
ST. PETERS, MO 63376-7525
TAPE – 349
(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. Can I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: They do down at the Center West End (ph) office.
CLINIC: Let me give you that number– 314-531-7526. Then you want to talk to the Reproductive Health Center.
CALLER: Okay. Well, is it all right if I ask you a couple quick questions?
CALLER: My last period was like December 14th, and I’m just scared.
CLINIC: Have you had a pregnancy test?
CLINIC: That’s what you need to do first.
CALLER: Well, could I come in there for that?
CLINIC: Uh-huh. They’re $10.
CALLER: Okay. Do you have to be like a specific age? My friend told me that — I’ll be 14 in March, and she said that you guys would have to tell my parents if I’m getting an abortion. My boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of that, and nobody would have to tell anybody about anything?
CLINIC: That’s a question for Reproductive Health Services. I do think that you have to have parental consent at your age at Reproductive Health Services. Now, I do think there is a clinic in Alton called the Hope Clinic for Women. I do not think you have to have parental consent there.
CLINIC: Okay? But you first need to make sure you’re pregnant, get a pregnancy test first of all.
CALLER: I really want my boyfriend to be there. Is that okay if he’s there with me?
CLINIC: When we do the pregnancy test?
CLINIC: You can come in anytime today up until 5:30, or tomorrow you can come in anytime up until 3:30.
CALLER: Well, my friend said that you guys would have to tell on my boyfriend if he came in.
CLINIC: Would have to what?
CALLER: Would have to tell on my boyfriend if he came in. Would he get in trouble if he was there with me?
CLINIC: (Pause) He’s 22?
CLINIC: You know what? I would not bring him in.
CALLER: Just don’t bring him at all.
CLINIC: That’s right.
CLINIC: Forget that you told me that.
CALLER: Well, if I wasn’t pregnant after you guys do the pregnancy test, could you do birth control?
CALLER: Well, how soon would I be able to get that?
CLINIC: Well, the next available appointment. And I think that’s probably about a week or maybe two weeks.
CALLER: But if I was on birth control, would anybody have to know?
CLINIC: No. We do give birth control without parental consent.
CLINIC: Absolutely we do.
CALLER: Well, if I had any other questions that I didn’t think of just now, could I call you and talk to you?
CLINIC: Uh-huh. But are you going to come in today for a pregnancy test?
CALLER: Well, I don’t know. I’d have to call my boyfriend and see when he can take me because I don’t know how else to get there.
CLINIC: Oh, okay.
CALLER: Could I call and talk to you? You’re just nice. What was your name?
CLINIC: Kathy. You can call.
CALLER: Okay. Thank you.
CLINIC: Okay. You’re welcome.