Listen to the Call:
14 COURT ST
FLEMINGTON, NJ 8822-1316
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?
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.
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?
CLINIC: You have nobody.
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.
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: 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?
CALLER: All right. Okay. Let me talk to my boyfriend. Is it all right if I call you back?
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.
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: Yeah. I won’t be in this office tomorrow though. If you call back before 5:00, I’ll still be here.
CLINIC: But if you call tomorrow, I won’t be here. Then I would say ask for Jean —
CLINIC: — because I can tell her what we discussed.
CALLER: And she wouldn’t tell anybody either?
CALLER: All right.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: All right then.
CLINIC: We’ll talk to you later.