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#770 – Gyn Choices Center Of Nj in Somerset, NJ

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GYN CHOICES CENTER OF NJ
1527 STATE ROUTE 27 # 100
SOMERSET, NJ 8873
732-214-1500

TAPE – 770

(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)

CLINIC: GYN Choices.

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: How much does it cost for that?

CLINIC: How far are you?

CALLER: I don’t know. How do you know?

CLINIC: When was the first day of your last period?

CALLER: January 3rd.

CLINIC: By your date, you’re a little bit over nine weeks. That’s going to be 350.

CALLER: Okay. The thing is, I’m going to be 14 later on this month, and my friend said that you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22.

CLINIC: No, no, that’s not true.

CALLER: Well, my boyfriend’s 22. He could just take care of it, right?

CLINIC: No, that’s irrelevant. You could come in here by yourself. That’s irrelevant. And it’s a patient-doctor confidentiality. So even if your mom had found out and called here and wanted to verify that you were here, we wouldn’t be able to tell her anything without your consent.

CALLER: Me and my boyfriend were talking about this, and we don’t want anyone to know about him and me. Would he have to fill out any forms or anything if he was paying?

CLINIC: No. You would. There’s a form when you first come that you’ve got to fill out. It has like your last name, your first name, your middle name, sex, birth date, age, race, address, your home phone number, marital status, whether you’re employed. It’s just a little — do you know about your medical history like in your family?

CALLER: Oh, yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. As long as you know that, you’re fine.

CALLER: Oh, okay. So his name wouldn’t be on anything?

CLINIC: As long as you have the money and yourself, you’re fine. You don’t have to worry about anybody else besides you and your boyfriend knowing about it. Anybody else who knows will be somebody ya’ll tell.

CALLER: Oh, all right.

CLINIC: (Chuckle).

CALLER: Well, do you do the pregnancy test beforehand because I really haven’t had one of those yet.

CLINIC: Um-hmm.

CALLER: How much does it cost for that?

CLINIC: That’s included. That’s free.

CALLER: If it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control from you guys? It’s just we don’t want to have to worry about this anymore.

CLINIC: Um, yeah.

CALLER: How much does it cost for birth control?

CLINIC: On the amount of time that you’re late, I think it’s more probable that you are pregnant.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: But we do an ultra sound and all that. They give you pills and everything.

CALLER: So you’re sure that nobody would have to know about me and my boyfriend, and you wouldn’t have to tell my parents or anybody?

CLINIC: Positive. You wouldn’t have been the first. Don’t worry about it. If that makes you feel any better.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: Um-hmm.

CALLER: When do you guys have appointments?

CLINIC: I could give you an appointment for Saturday.

CALLER: What time on Saturday?

CLINIC: 8 a.m.

CALLER: Okay. Well, I have to call my boyfriend to see if he can take me. But can I call him and call you back? What was your name?

CLINIC: My name is Neika (ph).

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: What’s your name?

CALLER: Lisa?

CLINIC: Huh?

CALLER: Lisa.

CLINIC: Lisa?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: L-i-s-a?

CALLER: Right.

CLINIC: All right. I just wrote it down so I know what you’re talking about.

CALLER: Okay. So I’ll call you back.

CLINIC: All right.

CALLER: Okay, bye.

***END***

#688 – North Jersey Women’s Medical Group in West New York, NJ

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NORTH JERSEY WOMEN’S MEDICAL GROUP
WEST NEW YORK, NJ 07093
201-869-9293

TAPE – 688

(dialing sound) (ringing 6X)

CLINIC: Woman’s Medical.

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know how much it costs for that?

CLINIC: When was the first day of your last menstruation?

CALLER: January 3rd.

CLINIC: Okay. The fee would be $350. And we do procedures on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays only.

CALLER: Okay. Do you know– I’m kind of scared because like, well I’m going to be 14 later on this month, and my friend told me that you guys would have to tell my parents.

CLINIC: You’re 14 years old?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 on the 19th. But my boyfriend’s 22.

CLINIC: Okay. Hold on a moment.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Hello? You do need somebody, a relative, but that has to be over the age of 18.

CALLER: Well, my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just be there?

CLINIC: Well, your boyfriend is 22?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: Okay. When was the first day of your last menstruation?

CALLER: January 3.

CLINIC: Yeah. The fee would be $350. I could give you an appointment for Thursday or for Saturday.

CALLER: Is it all right if my boyfriend’s there with me?

CLINIC: Well, he’ll be in the waiting room.

CALLER: Okay. He was going to pay cash for everything, so that’s why he would have to be here. But would there be any other fees?

CLINIC: No, that’s it, $350 except the medication afterwards.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: I could give you an appointment for Thursday or for Saturday. What day do you want?

CALLER: Well, I’d have to call him to see, but do you guys do pregnancy tests there just to make sure?

CLINIC: Yes.

CALLER: Okay. It’s just I haven’t had one yet. But –

CLINIC: Okay. You haven’t done a pregnancy test yet?

CALLER: Well, no, but I’m just scared because I haven’t had my period since January 3, so I’m really worried.

CLINIC: Right. So just go to the pharmacy and get one of those pregnancy testing.

CALLER: Are those usually right though?

CLINIC: Yes. Yeah.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Unless you want to come here.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: It’s $5 charge.

CALLER: If it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control from you guys?

CLINIC: Yes, dear. Yes.

CALLER: But would you have to tell anybody about that though?

CLINIC: Yeah, you would have to wait two weeks for birth control pills and all that. Okay?

CALLER: How much does it cost to get birth control?

CLINIC: Okay, the initial visit would be $30, but then afterwards it would be $70, depending on what you want.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: But you wouldn’t have to tell anybody if I was on birth control though?

CLINIC: No. No. That’s confidential.

CALLER: Okay. Well, let me call my boyfriend and call you back for an appointment. What was your name?

CLINIC: Bye bye. Just whoever answers the phone will help you.

CALLER: Oh, all right.]

CLINIC: Bye.

(phone clicks)

*** THE END ***

#102 – Planned Parenthood in Phillipsburg, NJ

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
402 COVENTRY DR.
PHILLIPSBURG, NJ 8865-1969
908-454-3000

TAPE – 102

(Dialing, phone ringing)

CLINIC: Good afternoon. Planned Parenthood. This is Diane. How may I help you?

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

CLINIC: No, we don’t.

CALLER: No? Do you know of anybody I could call?

CLINIC: Is it for yourself?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: You know you’re pregnant?

CALLER: Well, I took a pregnancy test from the store over the weekend.

CLINIC: Okay. What I would encourage you to do is to make an appointment to have an exam.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: I can’t discuss that over the phone. You have your Yellow Pages, but I’d much rather you go to a doctor to have yourself checked out. We can do that here, and we can give you your choices and information at that time.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Would you like to make an appointment here?

CALLER: Well, I’d have to talk to my boyfriend and see.

CLINIC: You do that. But we don’t do abortions here, no.

CALLER: Okay. If I got an abortion, would they have to tell my parents or anything?

CLINIC: That’s up to the facility that you go to. I don’t know.

CALLER: I can’t tell my parents at all.

CLINIC: How old are you?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: Okay. There are some states that do require parental consent.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: That’s what I’m saying to you. And I believe that’s Pennsylvania.

CALLER: Oh, all right.

CLINIC: But you come in here, talk to you boyfriend and get checked out, and see how far along you are.

CALLER: Would you guys have to tell my parents?

CLINIC: No. We’re a confidential service here. We encourage you to speak to your parents, but we do not do that, no.

CALLER: The reason why I can’t tell my parents is because they don’t like my boyfriend. He’s 22, and they think he’s too old for me.

CLINIC: Okay. Do you know his parents at all?

CALLER: Well, he lives on his own.

CLINIC: Okay. And this is a mutual relationship that you’re having together?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: It’s not a forced relationship?

CALLER: Well, no. We love each other. We’re going to get married.

CLINIC: Okay, okay. Do you have an aunt or somebody that’s close to you that you can confide in with this?

CALLER: No. We just moved here.

CLINIC: From where?

CALLER: From Texas.

CLINIC: From Texas. Okay. You haven’t left any friends of family back there that you can even talk to?

CALLER: Well, no. I can’t call long distance. I’d get in trouble.

CLINIC: No siblings in the area, no brothers or sisters?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: Okay. All right. Talk to your boyfriend. I would strongly encourage you to get an exam.

CALLER: Okay. And they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No. We would encourage you to speak to your parents, but we don’t do that.

CALLER: If it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys do birth control there?

CLINIC: Yes, we do. Yes, we do.

CALLER: And you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about birth control?

CLINIC: No. That’s correct.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: If my boyfriend has questions, is it all right if I talk to you later?

CLINIC: You sure can. That’s no problem. We have a doctor here Wednesday evenings and Saturday morning for appointments, okay?

CALLER: Is it all right if I talk to you later?

CLINIC: If you would like to, sure. No problem.

CALLER: What was your name?

CLINIC: I’m Diane.

CALLER: Diane? All right.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: You’re welcome. Bye bye.

CALLER: Bye.

***END***

#061 – Planned Parenthood in Camden, NJ

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
317 S. BROADWAY
CAMDEN, NJ 8103-1253
856-365-3519

TAPE – 061

RECORDING: Thank you for calling Planned Parenthood. To hear this information in Spanish, please press 1. If you know your party’s extension, please enter it now. For pregnancy testing information, press 5. For general information and appointments, including family planing, prenatal and other medical services, press 4.

Please hold while I try that extension.

CLINIC: Reception Desk?

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

CLINIC: No, we don’t.

CALLER: No? Do you know who I would talk to?

CLINIC: What you could do is come in here for a pregnancy test, and we do a pregnancy test. And then if it’s positive, we would give you referrals.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, is there anyway that — my friend told me that you guys have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion. Is that true?

CLINIC: I think from the state of New Jersey parental notification isn’t necessary.

CALLER: It’s not?

CLINIC: Not to my knowledge. But, like I said, I’d rather you come in and get a pregnancy test done, and then we would give you a referral and talk to you.

CALLER: Well, they can’t find out at all. Because my boyfriend’s 22 —

CLINIC: Well, we’re not going to call your parents and tell them.

CALLER: Yeah?

CLINIC: No. We don’t do that.

CALLER: Because if they found out –

CLINIC: We’re not going to do that.

CALLER: — they hate him. They think he’s too old for me.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, we’re not going to do that.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: So if you want, you can come in Monday or Wednesday morning. Have you ever been to our Camden office?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: Have you ever been to any of our offices?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: Where do you live?

CALLER: I live in Berlin.

CLINIC: In Berlin?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: Do you know where Chesilhurst is?

CALLER: Well, I think my boyfriend does.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, you can go over there tomorrow morning at 10:00.

CALLER: Okay, well —

CLINIC: Oh, wait. No. Never mind, today’s Tuesday. So you can go there next Tuesday at 10:00.

CALLER: Oh, all right.

CLINIC: It’s a walk-in clinic.

CALLER: Do you have to be a certain age for that or anything?

CLINIC: No, honey.

CALLER: Okay. Because I’m going to be 14 in March, so it will be okay?

CLINIC: Are you sure that you’re pregnant?

CALLER: Well, I’ve — I think so, yeah. I had a pregnancy test over the weekend. Like I took one — I got one at the store.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, you can go in there next Tuesday at 10:00, and they’ll do a pregnancy test and give you referrals.

CALLER: Okay. Well, they won’t tell anybody?

CLINIC: No. We don’t do that.

CALLER: Okay. Okay. Well, if like I wasn’t pregnant, would they be able to give me birth control or anything?

CLINIC: We could set you up for an appointment for that, yes.

CALLER: Okay. And they wouldn’t tell anybody about birth control either?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All right. Do you want the address where they’re at?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: It’s 1000 Industrial Drive in Chesilhurst.

CALLER: Cheselhurst.

CLINIC: And it’s right off of the White Horse Pike. Do you want directions now, or do you want to call back later?

CALLER: I’ll call back later. I have to talk to my boyfriend. Is it all right if I talk to you later?

CLINIC: I don’t know — well, we’re leaving here around 5:00, so you can call back tomorrow or the next day. My name is Becky.

CALLER: Becky?

CLINIC: Yes.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: All right. Thanks.

CALLER: Thanks.

***END***

#051 – Planned Parenthood in Hackensack, NJ

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
575 MAIN ST. #1
HACKENSACK, NJ 7601-5987
201-489-1140

TAPE – 051

CLINIC: Good afternoon, Planned Parenthood. How can I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. Do you guys do abortions there?

CLINIC: No, we don’t do that. We can refer you, but no, not the procedure here.

CALLER: Okay. Who would you refer me to?

CLINIC: The doctor. You have to see the doctor for the doctor to refer you.

CALLER: Oh. Okay. Do I need like an appointment for that?

CLINIC: Yes. You have to pay for that. It’s based on your income, yes.

CALLER: Okay. Well, can I ask a question then too?

CLINIC: Um-hmm.

CALLER: Well, the biggest thing is that my friend told me that you guys have to tell my parents before I can even go through having an abortion. Is that true?

CLINIC: Well, I didn’t understand what you say.

CALLER: Well, do you guys have to tell my parents if I’m having an abortion?

CLINIC: No, they can — you can come, but they say, no, nothing, because everything is confidential here.

CALLER: Okay. It’s just they can’t find out.

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Okay. Is there like an age limit or anything?

CLINIC: No. Only you need to make an appointment to see the doctor that also will refer you to someplace.

CALLER: Okay, so —

CLINIC: Okay. You want to make appointment?

CALLER: Well, I —

CLINIC: Or do you want to call again?

CALLER: Well, I just was really wanting to know, like — like the thing is, she also — my friend, she said that you guys have to know about my entire story. The problem is, my parents can’t find out about this because —

CLINIC: No, no, no. They won’t find out.

CALLER: My boyfriend’s 22. And we’re planning to get married, because we love each other. But my parents absolutely hate him, and they think he’s too old for me. And I’m only — I’ll be 14 in March. I don’t understand what the problem is.

CLINIC: Okay. Will be good idea that you come, make appointment. You want to wait for make appointment?

CALLER: Well, no one will find out about it?

CLINIC: You want to make appointment today or you want to call later for that?

CALLER: Well, yeah. I have to call my boyfriend and see.

CLINIC: Oh, okay. Okay.

CALLER: Can I talk to you later?

CLINIC: Oh, yes, of course, anytime.

CALLER: What was your name?

CLINIC: Oh, you can talk with anybody here, okay?

CALLER: Well —

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: — can I just talk to you later?

CLINIC: I don’t think so. I be leaving now. I don’t think so, that I will be here. But you can just speak with everybody here, okay?

CALLER: Could I call you tomorrow?

CLINIC: Oh, yes, of course.

CALLER: What was your name?

CLINIC: Dora.

CALLER: Dora?

CLINIC: Yes.

CALLER: Okay?

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Thank you.

CLINIC: Bye bye.
***END***

#062 – Planned Parenthood in Hightstown, NJ

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
268 ACADEMY ST
HIGHTSTOWN, NJ 8520-3803
609-448-3439

TAPE – 062

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood?

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

CLINIC: No, we don’t.

CALLER: Oh. Okay. Well, do you know of any place that does?

CLINIC: Yeah. Let me give you the number.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: 599-4881.

CALLER: 599-4881. Do you know — well, my friend told me that you guys have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion. Is that true?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: No?

CLINIC: How old are you?

CALLER: Well, I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: Well, the number to the place that I gave you won’t do it (unclear) you’re 14.

CALLER: Why?

CLINIC: It’s just a policy they have.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Where can I go then?

CLINIC: You can call — hold on a second, okay?

CALLER: Okay.

(Pause)

CLINIC: You can call 514-9191.

CALLER: 514-9191?

CLINIC: Yes.

CALLER: Okay. Will they have to tell my parents or anything?

CLINIC: I doubt it. You can ask them.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, it’s just they can’t tell my parents at all. Because like my boyfriend’ —

CLINIC: You need to talk to them about it.

CALLER: They can’t —

CLINIC: I don’t know what they’re going to say.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: You need to talk to them.

CALLER: Do you guys do like birth control there or anything?

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Okay. Would you have to tell anybody about that?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: Okay. Is it all right if my boyfriend comes and takes me?

CLINIC: And does what?

CALLER: If he takes me there?

CLINIC: I don’t see why that would be a problem.

CALLER: Okay. Well, like, he would pay for it all. Well, he’s got a job because he’s like 22. Is it all right if he brings me and pays for it?

CLINIC: Why would that be a problem?

CALLER: Well, I don’t know. I just don’t want anybody to know.

CLINIC: Well, I mean, it should be fine.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Is it all right if I talk to you later if I had any more questions?

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: What was your name?

CLINIC: Um —

CALLER: Because I just don’t know who else to talk to.

CLINIC: Just call back. Whoever answers the phone, they can answer questions for you.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Well, you’re nice. And I just want to talk to you.

CLINIC: Just anybody — when you call in, anybody who picks up the phone can answer whatever question you have.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: All right. Bye bye.

CALLER: Bye.

***END***

#052 – Planned Parenthood in Englewood, NJ

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
40 N VAN BRUNT ST
ENGLEWOOD, NJ 7631-2740
201-894-0966

TAPE – 052

CLINIC: Good afternoon, Planned Parenthood. How may I help you?

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

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: No? Do you know of anyplace I could talk to?

CLINIC: You can look up in the Yellow Pages for that information because we’re not allowed to give that information out.

CALLER: Okay. Well, can I ask a couple of questions?

CLINIC: Okay, sure. I’ll put you on hold for one second, okay?

CALLER: Okay?

CLINIC: Hello?

CALLER: Hi.

CLINIC: Sorry to keep you waiting.

Go ahead. You had a few questions for me?

CALLER: Yeah. Well, my friend told me that you guys have to — my parents have to be told before I can have an abortion. Is that true?

CLINIC: I’m sorry. Say that again.

CALLER: My friend told me that you guys have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion. Is that true?

CLINIC: No. Everything here is confidential.

CALLER: Okay. So nobody would have to know or anything?

CLINIC: No. But we don’t do that here. We don’t do the procedure, the actual procedure, here.

CALLER: Oh. The problem is, I can’t tell my parents, and they can’t find out. My boyfriend’s 22. And we’re planning to get married, but my parents absolutely hate him. They think he’s too old for me. And there’s just no way they can find out that we’re having sex.

CLINIC: How old are you?

CALLER: I’m going to be 14 in March.

CLINIC: Okay. And are you close by to us? Do you want to come to this clinic —

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: — and be checked?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: Okay. Do you want to schedule an appointment for tomorrow? We’re opened tomorrow from 3 to 9.

CALLER: Oh, well, I would have to talk to my boyfriend to see.

CLINIC: You want to call me back with that information?

CALLER: Well, yeah. I got to talk to him, but he doesn’t get off work until like 5:00. So I can’t talk to him until like then. But —

CLINIC: Okay. So what do you want to do? Do you want to schedule an appointment anyway?

CALLER: Yep.

CLINIC: You want to schedule an appointment?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: You’ve never been here before?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: Where are you located right now?

CALLER: I’m in Morristown.

CLINIC: Morristown?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: Okay. You know we’re in Englewood?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: This is the Planned Parenthood of Englewood, New Jersey.

CALLER: Yeah. I just don’t want to go anywhere where anyone will see me.

CLINIC: Okay, no problem.

Okay. And your first name?

CALLER: Is Christine.

CLINIC: Christine. Last name?

CALLER: Smith.

CLINIC: Okay. All right. Hold on one second. Let me get the book so I can write you down, okay?

CALLER: Okay.

(Pause)

CLINIC: Okay. So you want to come tomorrow. What time do you want to come in tomorrow?

CALLER: Afternoon, I guess.

CLINIC: After what?

CALLER: In the afternoon.

CLINIC: 5:00 is good?

CALLER: I’d have to call my boyfriend.

CLINIC: 5:45?

CALLER: Well, I’d have to call him and see.

CLINIC: Okay. So I’ll put you down for 5:45. If there is any changes then you call me back.

CALLER: Okay. What was your name?

CLINIC: Seline (sp).

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay? So Christine Smith.

CALLER: Well, actually I have another question. If I wasn’t pregnant after you guys like —

CLINIC: We’ll run a pregnancy test on you.

CALLER: Okay. If I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control from you guys?

CLINIC: Yes.

CALLER: And you still wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No. Everything is confidential.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: A number where I can reach you?

CALLER: Well, I — I don’t know.

CLINIC: A friend’s number or anything where I can reach you in case any — I mean, I’m not going to call you. I’ll wait for you to call me to confirm the appointment on that hour, okay?

CALLER: Okay. Well, I’ll just call you back. Is that okay?

CLINIC: That’s fine.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All right. Bye bye.

CALLER: Bye.
***END***

#063 – Planned Parenthood in Flemington, NJ

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
14 COURT ST
FLEMINGTON, NJ 8822-1316
908-782-7727

TAPE – 063

CLINIC: Good afternoon, Planned Parenthood. This is Karen.

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

CLINIC: We don’t do them here. We would — if that’s what you’re seeking, we would do an exam, we would tell you how far along the pregnancy, and then we would give you a referral.

CALLER: Okay. Can I ask a few questions?

CLINIC: Sure. Well, my main question is my parents — like, my friend told me that my parents have to know about the abortion before I can have one. Is that true?

CLINIC: How old are you?

CALLER: I’m going to be 14 in March.

CLINIC: So you’re 13 now?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: Okay. And how did you become pregnant? A boyfriend or —

CALLER: Uh-huh, yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. We can see you hear without parental permission. But —

CALLER: It’s just not way they can find out. Because they don’t like him because they think he’s too old.

CLINIC: How old is he?

CALLER: He’s 22.

CLINIC: Uh-huh. You may have a problem finding a facility that would be willing to do it because of your age.

CALLER: Why? Just because —

CLINIC: Because you are so young.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: When was your last missed period?

CALLER: Well —

CLINIC: When was your last period?

CALLER: — the last one was like — I’m not really sure how long ago it was. It was like — it was before Christmas. I think it was like probably the first week in December.

CLINIC: Okay. So the pregnancy is pretty new.

CALLER: Yeah, I guess.

CLINIC: Well, do you want to start by — I mean, we’re not going to ask for parental permission. Since you’re only 13, I would prefer if a parent or guardian came with you. Do you have an older sister or an aunt or anyone you can share this information with?

CALLER: No.

CLINIC: You have nobody.

CALLER: Um-um.

CLINIC: Okay. So how are you going to get here? Your boyfriend?

CALLER: Uh-huh, yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. You can come in and have an exam.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Have you done a home pregnancy test?

CALLER: Well, yeah. I did one over the weekend. It said it was positive.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, you can come in, and we can do the exam. And we can try and help you find someplace if that’s what you want to do.

CALLER: Okay. And they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: I can’t promise you that. We would try and help you find someplace that would keep it confidential.

CALLER: Okay. Because they just can’t find out.

CLINIC: Yeah, I hear you. I hear you. What do you think would happen?

CALLER: Well, I don’t know. I don’t want to think about that. But my parents would be furious.

CLINIC: When are you available to come in?

CALLER: I don’t know. I’d have to talk to my boyfriend to see, but maybe Friday.

CLINIC: Okay. I have some appointments open Friday afternoon if you can come then.

CALLER: Okay. I have to call him and see.

CLINIC: You want to call him and call us back?

CALLER: Well, I guess. If, like — well, my other question is like, do you know if I could get birth control there or anything?

CLINIC: Umm-hmm.

CALLER: Yeah?

CLINIC: We can do birth control. Yeah. You have to deal with this pregnancy first, and then we can put you on birth control.

CALLER: Do you have to tell anybody about the birth control?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: All right. Okay. Let me talk to my boyfriend. Is it all right if I call you back?

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Sure. We’ll be here until 5:00. And then if you miss us, the office opens at 9:00 tomorrow morning.

CALLER: Okay. Is it all right to talk to you?

CLINIC: Yeah. You can talk to any of the nurses that answer the phone. I’m not usually here.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: Okay? But the supervisor’s name is Jean. You could talk to her. There are a couple of other nurses there. Okay?

CALLER: Is there any way I could talk to you? What was your name?

CLINIC: Karen.

CALLER: Karen?

CLINIC: Yeah. I won’t be in this office tomorrow though. If you call back before 5:00, I’ll still be here.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: But if you call tomorrow, I won’t be here. Then I would say ask for Jean —

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: — because I can tell her what we discussed.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: And she wouldn’t tell anybody either?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: All right then.

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: We’ll talk to you later.

CALLER: Bye.

CLINIC: Bye.

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#053 – Planned Parenthood in Shrewsbury, NJ

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
69 NEWMAN SPRINGS RD E
SHREWSBURY, NJ 7702-4038
732-842-9300

TAPE – 053

CLINIC: Parenthood. How may I help you?

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

CLINIC: Yes.

CALLER: Yeah?

CLINIC: You have to come for a pregnancy test.

CALLER: Well, how much does it cost?

CLINIC: Hold on, please.

(Pause)

CLINIC: Hi. Can I help you?

CALLER: Yeah. I was just wondering about abortions.

CLINIC: Okay. We do abortions here.

CALLER: Okay. Well, how much does that cost, I guess?

CLINIC: If you’re under 12 weeks, it’s $350.

CALLER: Okay. How do you know —

CLINIC: How do you go about doing it?

CALLER: Well, how do you know how far along you are?

CLINIC: The first day of your last period. When was your last period?

CALLER: Well, I guess — it was probably around like maybe the first week in December.

CLINIC: What town do you live in?

CALLER: I live in Whiting (sp).

CLINIC: Wooding (ph)?

CALLER: Whiting, yeah.

CLINIC: Where’s that?

CALLER: Well it’s in — it’s in the middle.

CLINIC: Are you in New Jersey?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Okay. What town is it?

CALLER: Whiting.

CLINIC: Whiting. Oh, down by Fort Dix?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: Oh. Oh, okay. So you’re about an hour-and-a-half from us. Do you want to go to Planned Parenthood in South Jersey?

CALLER: No, I really want to go just someplace where no one will see me.

CLINIC: Okay. So you need to come up here and speak to a counselor. You need to come in two visits.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: So when do you want to come?

CALLER: Oh, I don’t know. I have to talk to my boyfriend to see. But — it’s just —

CLINIC: Okay. You don’t have a lot of time to play with. You should come up as soon as possible. So call your boyfriend and see when he can bring you up here.

CALLER: It’s just — the problem is I can’t tell my parents at all, because —

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: — he’s 22, and we’re planning on getting married. But my parents absolutely hate him because they think he’s too old for me.

CLINIC: Okay.

CALLER: But there’s just no way that they can find out that we’re having sex.

CLINIC: Okay. So how old are you?

CALLER: I’m going to be 14 in March.

CLINIC: Okay. So you need to talk to your boyfriend about bringing you up here, okay?

CALLER: Okay. And no one would tell anybody or anything?

CLINIC: You need to give us a call back; get your boyfriend to bring you up here.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All right?

CALLER: Well —

CLINIC: Why don’t you get a hold of him and give us a call back.

CALLER: Well, I won’t be able to talk to him until like after 5:00 when he gets off. But there would be no way that anybody would know at all?

CLINIC: You should give us a call tomorrow morning.

CALLER: Well, I just don’t want anyone to find out.

CLINIC: No. You can have an abortion in New Jersey up to 12 — you can have an abortion without parental consent or knowledge.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: All right?

CALLER: If I ended up not being pregnant, would there be any way you guys could give us birth control?

CLINIC: Well, I would probably send you to another center because you’re so far from us.

CALLER: Yeah. But would I like be able to get birth control there?

CLINIC: You could.

CALLER: And no one would find out about that either?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: No?

CLINIC: No.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: All right?

CALLER: Well, can I talk to you next time I call?

CLINIC: Sure. My name is Lauren.

CALLER: Lauren?

CLINIC: Uh-huh.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: All right?

CALLER: Thank you.

CLINIC: Oh, you’re welcome.

CALLER: Bye.
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#064 – Planned Parenthood in Manville, NJ

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD
203 S MAIN ST
MANVILLE, NJ 8835-1867
908-231-9230

TAPE – 064

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. Barbara speaking.

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

CLINIC: No, we do not.

CALLER: No? Do you know who I would talk — like call or —

CLINIC: You would have to become a patient here and see the doctor. Then you’d have to make your decision based on all the options.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: You do options counseling. And if that’s what you decide to do, then you’re given names of different places, and you get to choose which one.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know if they would have to tell my parents before can have an abortion?

CLINIC: No, never. No.

CALLER: Never?

CLINIC: Never, no. There’s a law. No.

CALLER: Because there’s just no way they can find out.

CLINIC: That’s right. Only through you.

CALLER: Okay. They would be furious if they found out that me and my boyfriend were having sex. They think he’s too old for me. Is there any age requirement or anything to have an abortion?

CLINIC: What is it?

CALLER: Is there any age requirement to have an abortion?

CLINIC: Oh. No.

CALLER: No?

CLINIC: Uh-uh. It’s legal in this state.

CALLER: Okay. So I’m going to be 14 in March. Is that okay?

CLINIC: Yeah. You have a choice.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know — what if I wasn’t pregnant or anything?

CLINIC: What if you weren’t?

CALLER: Yeah.

CLINIC: So then you should get on birth control.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: You would still need to see a doctor here and get a full exam.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay? You can come in and take a pregnancy test anytime.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: You can do that without an appointment.

CALLER: Oh.

CLINIC: But if you want to go further than that, then you have to see the doctor.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, is it all right if my boyfriend brings me?

CLINIC: Sure.

CALLER: Yeah?

CLINIC: That’s your choice.

CALLER: Does it cost anything for the —

CLINIC: Hmm?

CALLER: Does it cost anything for the exam or anything?

CLINIC: Yes, it does. But everything’s done on a sliding scale here. And if you’re a student, there’s a special rate. But, yes, there is a charge.

CALLER: What if like — my boyfriend’s the one that’s going to be paying for it, and he’s an honor student. Like, he’s already graduated.

CLINIC: Well, that — no, he’d be paying for you though.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Everything’s based on you.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: And if you had a full exam or everything, it would probably be about $60. But if you just come in for the pregnancy test, about $8 or $10.

CALLER: Okay. Well, my other question is, my friend told me that you guys have to know all about my boyfriend before I can get anything done.

CLINIC: There’s nothing we have to know to about him.

CALLER: She said that you guys have to know that he’s like 22 and stuff.

CLINIC: That’s none of our concern.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: Really.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: No. This whole thing is based on you, and you alone– your history, your life, your decision.

CALLER: All right. So no one has to be told anything?

CLINIC: No. What he finds out is from you.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: No, we won’t discuss it with him.

CALLER: You won’t tell anybody at all?

CLINIC: Um-um.

CALLER: Okay. Well, if like after the pregnancy test there, if I’m not pregnant, and I can have birth control?

CLINIC: Yeah, sure. We’ll discuss that with you. You’ll get counseling here from the nurses.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Is it all right if I call you back after I talk to him?

CLINIC: Yes, you can.

CALLER: To see if he has any questions or anything.

CLINIC: If you can, come in tomorrow, and we’ll do a pregnancy test. And we’ll counsel you then too.

CALLER: Okay. Could I call you back today or anything?

CLINIC: Yes, you can.

CALLER: What was your name?

CLINIC: Well, I’m Barbara. And I’m going to be busy probably with the doctor. We have a clinic.

CALLER: Oh, all right.

CLINIC: So one of the nurses, somebody will pick up.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay. Thanks.

CLINIC: All right. Bye bye.

CALLER: Bye.

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