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196 SPEEDWELL AVE
MORRISTWON, NJ 7960-3889
TAPE – 059
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. Ann speaking.
CALLER: Hi. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: No, not here. But we would give you a referral.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: You need to come in and see our doctor.
CALLER: Oh. Can I ask a couple of questions first?
CALLER: Well, my main question is, my friend told me that you guys have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion. Is that true?
CLINIC: Do you live in New Jersey?
CALLER: Yeah, I do.
CLINIC: No. Then you don’t.
CALLER: Oh, okay. The problem is they can’t tell my parents at all, not at all. Because like my boyfriend is 22. And we’re planning to get married because we really love each other. But my parents hate him because they think he’s too old for me.
CLINIC: Well, how old are you?
CALLER: I’m going to be 14 in March.
CLINIC: You’re 13 and he’s 22?
CALLER: Uh-huh. But we’re in love, and we’re going to get married. And he’s going to take care of everything.
CLINIC: Well, I’m going to be honest with you.
CLINIC: You are really under the age of what’s legal for him to be having any kind of relationship with.
CLINIC: Okay? If you’re under the age of 16, it’s considered an illegal act on his part.
CALLER: What would happen to him?
CLINIC: He could go to jail.
CALLER: What? But — what can I do?
CLINIC: Do you have anybody that you can talk to?
CLINIC: Do you live with your parents?
CALLER: Yeah, but they absolutely hate him. Like they don’t understand anything.
CLINIC: Where do you go to school?
CALLER: I’m home-schooled.
CLINIC: Why are you home-schooled? Just their choice, or —
CLINIC: So you have no — do you have any contact with a guidance counselor or anybody at the local school?
CLINIC: Where do you live?
CALLER: I live in Oldwick.
CLINIC: Oh, Oldwick.
CLINIC: Do you have a church that you go to or anyone there?
CALLER: Well, we just moved here. We don’t really have like a normal church that we go to.
CLINIC: Where did you move from?
CALLER: We moved from Texas.
CLINIC: I see. Well, I think you need to come in and talk to somebody.
CLINIC: Do you have a friend that could bring you?
CALLER: Well, my boyfriend will bring me.
CLINIC: Okay. Well, I think you definitely need to come in and talk to someone.
CALLER: Would they tell anybody? They wouldn’t tell on us, would they?
CLINIC: Well, they can’t — how long have you known this person?
CALLER: For like a year.
CLINIC: And he goes to school, or he works?
CALLER: He’s got a job.
CLINIC: He’s got a job. Okay. Well, like I said, you really need to go and talk to someone.
CLINIC: How far along are you? Do you have any idea?
CALLER: I don’t know exactly. I took a pregnancy test over the weekend. It said it was positive.
CLINIC: Okay. Well, why don’t you just come in and have the pregnancy test first.
CLINIC: We’ll start there, and then we’ll figure out what to do from there. Okay? You can walk in anytime for a pregnancy test, okay?
CLINIC: They’re only going to — if you don’t give his name, no one will ever know who he is.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CALLER: So like I wouldn’t have to tell anybody, and no one will find out?
CLINIC: Well, not unless you told them.
CALLER: Okay. If, like, I ended up not being pregnant, would you guys provide birth control?
CALLER: And you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about that either?
CALLER: All right.
CALLER: Is it all right if I call you back like if my boyfriend has any questions or whatever?
CALLER: What was your name.
CLINIC: Well, my name is Ann. But you don’t have to talk — you can talk to whoever is here.
CALLER: Okay. Well, all right.
CLINIC: You’re welcome.