Listen to the Call:
29 CENTER ST.
KEENE, NH 3431-3351
TAPE – 610
(Dialing, phone ringing 2x)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. This is Martha.
CALLER: Hi. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: We don’t do them at this site. We do have a Planned Parenthood in West Lebanon that offers that service. Is this for you?
CLINIC: Okay. So do you know how far along you are?
CALLER: Well, no. I’m just worried because I haven’t had my period since like December 26th.
CLINIC: Okay. And have you done a pregnancy test?
CALLER: Well, no.
CALLER: Could I come in there for that?
CLINIC: Yep. You could do that. I’m going to take a look at what we have early next week. Is there a day that’s better for you to come in next week?
CALLER: Well, I have to call my boyfriend to see. But the thing is, I’m going to be 14 later on this month, and my friend told me that you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of it, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: I think legally we would have to report it.
CLINIC: It’s really just the New Hampshire state law. It’s a little confusing to me to be honest. But if you’re under 14 and you’re sexually active, supposedly that is reportable.
CALLER: Well, what would happen?
CLINIC: What would happen? I think that they would call the Department of Children and Families, and then they would try to contact you most likely.
CALLER: I’ll be 14 on the 9th.
CLINIC: Uh-huh. On the 9th of what?
CALLER: Of this month.
CLINIC: Of this month?
CLINIC: Can you hold for a second? I’m just going to check on that?
CLINIC: Okay. So I just checked with one of the practitioners on what the state law is. So if you were to come in, I guess regardless of how old you are, because your partner is more than six years older than you, that is considered reportable by the state. So what would happen is what I told you, that we would contact the Department of Children and Families, and then we don’t know what would happen from there, really. I think they would try to contact you.
CALLER: Well, I don’t want anybody to get in trouble.
CLINIC: Right, right. I know. I don’t know what to say. I feel awful. That’s just the law, and that’s how it’s set up, that we have to do that.
CALLER: Well, what if he didn’t come with me?
CLINIC: Well, I would say if it didn’t come up that it would probably — if you didn’t mention that part, then we wouldn’t know that.
CALLER: Well, do I have to tell them who my boyfriend is?
CLINIC: I don’t think so.
CALLER: So I could come in for a pregnancy test and find out if I was pregnant or not?
CLINIC: Right. Yeah, we could do that. Now, you’re late for your period, right?
CLINIC: Okay. Or you could take a home pregnancy test if you want to try that first.
CALLER: Are those usually right though?
CLINIC: Yeah. They’re basically the same as the ones we’re going to do here. So if you’re late for a period, it’s going to show up on a pregnancy test by now. So I would try that first. You can come in here to have a visit, talk about what your options are.
CALLER: Well, if turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control there?
CLINIC: Yep. Sure, we can do that.
CALLER: But would anybody have to know if I was on birth control though?
CLINIC: I’m not sure what you mean.
CALLER: Well, would anybody have to know if I was on birth control?
CLINIC: Because you’re 13?
CALLER: Well, yeah.
CLINIC: I don’t think they would be told that you were on birth control, but they would know if you had any sexual contact and you’re 13.
CALLER: So I can’t even get birth control then?
CLINIC: I would say if you’re going to turn 14 next Saturday to give us a call. And you’re welcome to come in. I’m just letting you know it would be reported. I don’t know what would happen from there. So you could come in for the pregnancy test and have the options discussed if it is positive, or we could talk about birth control.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Can you talk to your parents about this at all?
CALLER: No. I mean, they know my boyfriend but they just don’t like him because they think he’s too old for me. But they don’t know we’re having sex. I mean, if they found out about that I don’t know what they would do.
CLINIC: Right. Yeah. I’m not sure what else we can do. You can come in for the pregnancy test, and we can go from there. But I just need to let you know it would be reported. All righty?
CALLER: All right.
CALLER: Thank you.
CLINIC: You’re welcome.
CLINIC: Bye bye.