Listen to the Call:
29 N FULLERTON AVE
MONTCLAIR, NJ 7042-3412
TAPE – 046
CLINIC: Good afternoon, Planned Parenthood.
CALLER: Hi. I was wondering, do you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: No, we don’t.
CALLER: No? Do you know of anyone that does?
CLINIC: I can give you Pilgrim’s (sp) phone number if you want to?
CLINIC: That’s 973-746-1500.
CALLER: Okay. Could I ask a quick question?
CLINIC: That’s Pilgrim. That’s Pilgrim Medical.
CALLER: So you can’t answer any questions or anything?
CLINIC: Pertaining to?
CALLER: Well, it’s just my friend told me that you guys have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion. Is that true?
CLINIC: No, because you’re not coming here. You have to find out with them.
CALLER: Okay. So you don’t know?
CLINIC: No. You have to call them. They have their own rules.
CALLER: They have their own rules?
CLINIC: Yes. You have to call them, find out with them. Okay?
CALLER: Okay. If I was to get birth control —
CLINIC: First you have to go there. And after you go there, you make an appointment with us. All right?
CALLER: You guys don’t do birth control there either?
CLINIC: Yes, we do. But you have to go there and first then come here. Okay?
CALLER: Okay. Even if like I’m not pregnant.
CLINIC: Do you need a pregnancy test?
CALLER: Yeah, I did one like —
CLINIC: I don’t understand your question. If you’re going for a termination, call the number that I gave you.
CALLER: Okay. But what if I wasn’t pregnant?
CLINIC: Afterwards, if you’re not — didn’t you say you had a pregnancy test done?
CALLER: Well, I did a home pregnancy test —
CALLER: — but I didn’t know if I did it right or anything.
CLINIC: Well, I’m sorry. I won’t be able to help you there. But if you need a pregnancy test, you need to come tomorrow from 1:00 to 3:00.
CLINIC: All right? Okay.
CALLER: So if I’m not pregnant, would I be able to go in there?
CLINIC: Listen to what I’m saying. Listen to what I’m saying. Okay? If you need a pregnancy test, come tomorrow from 1:00 to 3:00. Let’s do that first. After that, you decide if you’re pregnant, what you’re going to do; if you’re not, what you’re going to do. Okay?
CALLER: So if I’m not —
CLINIC: You have to wait for your pregnancy test result. Okay?
CALLER: Okay. But like if I’m not —
CLINIC: Hold on. What else do you need to know?
CALLER: Well, my problem is I can’t tell my parents about this.
CALLER: Yeah? I just need someone to talk to.
CLINIC: Okay. Tomorrow you come from 1:00 to 3:00, and you get a pregnancy test. A person that takes you in will give you all the information you need.
CALLER: Do you have to be a certain age for that or anything?
CLINIC: No, no. Sexually active. Okay?
CLINIC: Okay, bye.
Hold on. I’m going to get you someone else. Hold on.
CLINIC: Yes? May I help you?
CALLER: Yeah. I was just wanting to ask some questions. I’m just needing to talk to someone.
CLINIC: Okay. Ask the questions.
CALLER: I was told that my parents have to know if I want an abortion. Is that true?
CLINIC: How old are you?
CALLER: I’m going to be 14 in March.
CLINIC: Oh, yeah.
CALLER: They do have to know?
CALLER: Is there any way, because I can’t tell them.
CLINIC: Well, you’re calling the wrong place. You have to call the abortion center and find out there rules, because we don’t do abortions, so we don’t know their rules.
CALLER: Well, if I wasn’t pregnant or whatever, could I get birth control there?
CLINIC: Yes, you could, if you’re not pregnant.
CALLER: And you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody at all?
CLINIC: No. For what?
CALLER: My friend said that I have to tell you guys about my boyfriend and everything before I can —
CLINIC: Look, let me tell you. Disregard what your friends say. All you have to do is come in and get a pregnancy test. If you’re not pregnant, we give you birth control. If you’re pregnant, we send you to the abortion clinic. Okay?
CALLER: He’s 22 and —
CLINIC: It doesn’t matter how old he is.
CALLER: It doesn’t matter at all?
CLINIC: It matters because you don’t want your parents to find out because they can have him arrested.
CLINIC: Yeah. You want be 14 until March?
CLINIC: And he’s 22?
CLINIC: They can have him arrested?
CALLER: Why? What would happen?
CLINIC: Because he is a grown-up; you’re a minor.
CALLER: What could happen to him?
CLINIC: They will put him in jail for statutory rape.
CALLER: What can I do?
CLINIC: Uh-uh. Because first of all, if you’re 13, you shouldn’t have a 22-year-old boyfriend.
CALLER: But we’re in love. We’re going to get married.
CLINIC: Well then your parents must know he’s 22, right?
CALLER: Well, that’s why they don’t like him.
CLINIC: Well, I can’t help you with that. That’s up to them, but I’m telling you.
CALLER: Do you have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: No. We don’t have to tell anybody. Okay?
CLINIC: Now, if you want a pregnancy test, just come in between 1 and 3 tomorrow, and we will give you one. Okay?
CALLER: Can I call you back?
CALLER: What was your name?
CLINIC: Okay. Bye bye.
CALLER: Thank you.
CLINIC: Uh-huh. Bye bye.