Listen to the Call:
8 MORAN ST
NEWTON, NJ 7860-1806
TAPE – 058
CLINIC: Good afternoon, Planned Parenthood. Rosemary speaking. How can I help you?
CALLER: Hi. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?’
CLINIC: No, we don’t.
CALLER: No? Do you know who I should call for that?
CLINIC: Well, you can look in the phone book under clinics and/or abortions.
CALLER: Is there any way I could ask you a couple questions?
CLINIC: Go ahead.
CALLER: Like, my friend told me that my parents have to find out about it before I can have an abortion.
CALLER: Is that true?
CALLER: They do?
CLINIC: Yep. That’s a law that was passed last year.
CALLER: Is there any way that they wouldn’t have to know? It’s just — my problem is I can’t tell my parents, because my boyfriend’s 22. And we’re planning to get married, but my parents can’t stand him because he’s —
CLINIC: Where do you live, hon?
CALLER: I live in Andover.
CLINIC: What you would do with us is you can become a patient here.
CLINIC: And you have to come in and have a complete examination, including a pregnancy test.
CLINIC: And then we would refer you out.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: Would you want to do that?
CALLER: Well, would anybody have to know?
CLINIC: I don’t believe so. You know what you can do? Give us a call in about an hour, then one of the nurses could talk to.
CALLER: Oh. Well, if like —
CLINIC: How about 8:00?
CALLER: Eight o’clock tonight?
CALLER: I don’t know.
CLINIC: No, this is just to call and talk.
CALLER: Yeah. Well, I’m like at my friend’s house now. At 8:00 her parents will be here.
CLINIC: All right. How about in half an hour?
CALLER: Well, I don’t know.
CLINIC: I’ll have a nurse available in half an hour.
CALLER: Well, I don’t know. My friend said that you guys have to just know everything. And I just don’t want my parents to find out at all.
CLINIC: If you become a patient of ours.
CALLER: Oh. Okay. Well, do you have to be a certain age to be a patient?
CALLER: I’m going to be 14 in March.
CLINIC: Where are you going to come up with this money?
CALLER: Well, my boyfriend will pay for it.
CLINIC: Okay. Because our fee here is going to run around, oh, let’s say about $25-$30. And then it’s about between $200 and $300 for a termination.
CALLER: Okay. And they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CALLER: Well, if it ended up where the pregnancy test was negative or whatever —
CLINIC: Are you late for your period?
CALLER: Well, yeah.
CLINIC: How late?
CALLER: I don’t really know. I think —
CLINIC: When were you due?
CALLER: Well, maybe around the first week or so of this month.
CLINIC: Okay. So you’re not too, too late. So you’ve got time.
What do you want to do? Do you want to set up an appointment, and this way you can talk to the counselor. And the nurse can give you all your options?
Why don’t you do this? This is going to be easier for you. Why don’t you do this?
CLINIC: Just come in. Come in tomorrow. Can you have your boyfriend bring you tomorrow?
CALLER: Well, I don’t know. I’d have to talk to him and see if he can get off work.
CLINIC: No, no. Just to come in for a pregnancy test.
CALLER: Well, he’d have to drive me, and he’d have to be off to be able to take me.
CLINIC: All right. Do you know what day he can take off?
CALLER: I guess — I think Friday.
CLINIC: Friday he can take off? Because you could come in Friday anytime between, say, 9:30 and 4:00. You can have the pregnancy test done, because you would need to have one to become our patient. And then you can sit and talk with the nurse, and she can give you all the legalities. And she can give you all the information on which way you want to go.
CALLER: But she wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: Well, you’ll talk to her about that. Well, she’s not going to — if somebody walks in here — this is total confidentiality.
CLINIC: Somebody could walk in here and say, “I’m Mary Smith’s mother. I want to know if she was here.” And we could not give out any information that you were even here.
CALLER: They wouldn’t have to tell about, like —
CLINIC: That you’re going to have to talk to the nurse about.
CLINIC: So why don’t you come in Friday. Have him bring you in Friday.
CLINIC: And it’s only going to take five or ten minutes for the test, and then you’ll talk with the nurse.
CALLER: Okay. They wouldn’t tell anyone about my boyfriend then?
CLINIC: No. No. Absolutely not.
CLINIC: No, we can’t.
CLINIC: We can’t. We can’t. Okay?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: So don’t worry about that.
CALLER: Okay. I just don’t want to get in trouble.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Okay? So come in Friday between 9:30 but before 4:00.
CALLER: All right.
CALLER: Okay, thanks.
CLINIC: All right. We’ll see you Friday.
CLINIC: Bye bye.