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#009 – Planned Parenthood in Portsmouth, NH

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167 HIGH ST.
PORTSMOUTH, NH 3801-3708

TAPE – 009

(Dialing, phone ringing 2x)

CALLER: Good morning, Planned Parenthood. Sharon speaking. How may I help you?

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

CLINIC: No, we don’t.

CALLER: No? Do you know anyone that I could talk to or call about that?

CLINIC: The Feminist Health Center.

CALLER: Okay. Do you have that number?

CLINIC: Yep, just one moment.

CALLER: All right.


CLINIC: Okay. It is 436-7588.

CALLER: 7588?

CLINIC: Um-hmm.

CALLER: May I ask a question?

CLINIC: Um-hmm.

CALLER: Well, my friend told me that you guys have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion; is that true?

CLINIC: No. How old are you ?

CALLER: I’m going to be 14 in March.

CLINIC: No, I don’t think so.


CLINIC: Just one moment.


CLINIC: How old are you now?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: In March, but you’re not yet.

CALLER: Right.

CLINIC: For us, the law is that we would have to.

CALLER: You would have to tell my parents?

CLINIC: Um-hmm.

CALLER: Is there any way that you wouldn’t have to? Well, my boyfriend’s 22. And if they found that we were having sex, I would get in big trouble.

CLINIC: Well, you need to call the Feminist Health Center and talk to them about the whole situation.



CALLER: Well, they wouldn’t have to tell about my boyfriend or anything?


CALLER: They wouldn’t have to tell about my boyfriend or anything?

CLINIC: Who wouldn’t have to tell?

CALLER: Well, anybody. They wouldn’t have to tell?

CLINIC: I don’t know. You have to talk to them. I don’t know what they have to follow. Maybe it’s different. But I think it might be a state law. So you’re going to have to talk to them, okay?

CALLER: Do you guys do birth control there?


CALLER: Yeah? And you wouldn’t have to tell my parents about that?

CLINIC: No, no.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Are you pregnant?

CALLER: I think so.


CALLER: But I don’t know. I took a pregnancy test over the weekend.

CLINIC: It was positive?

CALLER: Yeah, I think.


CALLER: So I don’t know.

CLINIC: What would you have to do is call them and get it confirmed by them, and see what they have to say. The only thing we can do is do a pregnancy test here, but we don’t do abortions here.

CALLER: Do you have to tell anybody about the pregnancy test there?


CALLER: Do you have to tell anybody about the pregnancy test?

CLINIC: No, we don’t.


CLINIC: Nope, we don’t.

CALLER: Is it cool if — I need to see if I can make an appointment, but I have to talk to my boyfriend and see when he can get off so he could take me.

CLINIC: Well, we’re booked right up until the beginning of March. When do you think you got pregnant? How long has it been since you had sex?

CALLER: Well, like in December.


CALLER: It was like maybe the first week in December.

CLINIC: And you haven’t had a period since?


CLINIC: No? Wow. Okay. Talk to him and then call us back, okay?

CALLER: Is it cool if I talk to you?

CLINIC: Yes. I’m Sharon.

CALLER: Sharon? All right.

CLINIC: And then maybe we can get you in. I’ll talk to a practitioner here, okay?


CLINIC: All right.

CALLER: Thank you.