Listen to the Call:
402 COVENTRY DR.
PHILLIPSBURG, NJ 8865-1969
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?
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?
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.
CLINIC: You’re welcome. Bye bye.