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#102 – Planned Parenthood in Phillipsburg, NJ

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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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: You’re welcome. Bye bye.