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#089 – Planned Parenthood in Beacon, NY

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395 MAIN ST.
BEACON, NY 12508-3002

TAPE – 089

(Dialing, phone ringing)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. May I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Do you guys do abortions there?

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Well, how much does that cost?

CLINIC: Have you had a pregnancy test done?

CALLER: Well, I bought one at the store over the weekend and did it.

CLINIC: Okay. Where are you calling from?

CALLER: I’m in Dover Plains.

CLINIC: Dover?

CALLER: Well, Dover Plains.

CLINIC: Dover Plains?


CLINIC: I think Armenia’s probably closer to you. Wouldn’t you want to go there?

CALLER: Well, I just don’t want anyone to see me.

CLINIC: You don’t want anybody to see you.

CALLER: Yeah. My parents can’t find out about this at all.

CLINIC: Your parents will not find out about it anyway.


CLINIC: Would you want to go to Poughkeepsie?


CLINIC: Poughkeepsie?

CALLER: Well, is it all right to go there?

CLINIC: It’s okay to go here.

CALLER: My boyfriend’s going to drive me —

CLINIC: Excuse me?

CALLER: My boyfriend’s going to drive me.

CLINIC: I’m just saying that it’s kind of far for you. Because you need to have an appointment for a pregnancy test. And if that’s positive, and you choose to come here for a procedure, you need to have an examination here.

CALLER: Well, my friend told me to go there to you guys.

CLINIC: Okay. And then you’ll have your procedure. So it’s like three visits.

CALLER: Well, all right.

CLINIC: I mean, it’s three different times that you’re going to come in, is what I’m saying. That’s why I’m saying, if you wanted to go to Poughkeepsie.

CALLER: Well, no. I just want to go there. But you guys don’t have to tell my parents at all?

CLINIC: No, absolutely not. Neither will Poughkeepsie or Armenia. Nobody would tell your parents.

CALLER: Well, my boyfriend’s 22, and we’re going to get married and everything. My parents don’t like him because they think that he’s too old for me.

CLINIC: How old are you?

CALLER: I’m going to be 14 in March.


CALLER: Do you think that’s too old or anything?

CLINIC: Well, actually, he’s over the age of consent and you’re not. That’s the problem.

CALLER: Could he get in trouble or anything?

CLINIC: Could he get in trouble?


CLINIC: I would think so, if your parents find out.

CALLER: And you guys wouldn’t tell my parents, right?

CLINIC: No, we would not.


CLINIC: So the thing is, do you want to come here for the pregnancy test then?

CALLER: Yeah. And you sure you won’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No, we will not have to tell your parents. No.

CALLER: You wouldn’t have to tell my boyfriend either?

CLINIC: I wouldn’t have to tell your boyfriend what?

CALLER: You wouldn’t have to tell about my boyfriend to anyone, even if you guys think he’s too old?

CLINIC: Everything’s confidential here. That’s all we can tell you. Like I said, he’s 22. He’s over the age of consent, and you’re not.

CALLER: What could happen?

CLINIC: As far as your parents are concerned?

CALLER: Well, just anybody. Would he get in trouble?

CLINIC: I don’t think he’ll get in trouble here. Is that what you mean?

CALLER: Well, just with anybody at all.

CLINIC: Well, I don’t understand what you mean though, with anybody. How can he get in trouble? I mean, what are you going to do?

CALLER: Are you going to tell anybody at all?


CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: So what is it that you wanted? Do you want your pregnancy test done here?


CLINIC: Okay. Can you come in Monday, the 18th?

CALLER: Well, I have to call him and see when he can get off work, because he has to bring me.

CLINIC: Like I said, you may want to tell them — the thing is, you’re coming a long distance from Dover Plains. You have to come three times.


CLINIC: Did you do a pregnancy test already?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: And it is positive?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: Okay. I mean, I don’t know if it’s closer to you to go to Poughkeepsie. And they wouldn’t tell your parents either.

CALLER: They won’t?


CALLER: They wouldn’t tell anybody at all?

CLINIC: Hold on one second.

RECORDING: — GYN check-ups, pap tests, breast exams, birth control, and emergency contraception. All of our services are completely confidential, including pregnancy testing, and counseling and testing, and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and HIV. We’ll be right with you.

CLINIC: Okay, I’m sorry. So did you want to come here, or do you want to talk to him about going to Poughkeepsie? It’s much closer for you in Poughkeepsie. And we are all of the same. It’s all confidential. We wouldn’t tell anybody anything.

CALLER: Well, I’d have to see.

CLINIC: Where are you calling from? Are you calling from home?

CALLER: Well, I’m at my friend’s house.

CLINIC: Oh, okay. Because this might come out on the phone bill, the phone number.



CALLER: Is it okay if I can call you back?



CLINIC: Okie dokie.

CALLER: What was your name?

CLINIC: My name is Esther.

CALLER: All right.


CALLER: Can I ask you one more thing?


CALLER: If it ends up that I’m not pregnant or anything, is there any way I could get birth control from you guys?

CLINIC: Absolutely, yes.

CALLER: And you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody about that either?

CLINIC: Right, absolutely.

CALLER: All right.


CALLER: All right. So I’ll call you back when I talk to him.

CLINIC: So you will call me back?


CLINIC: Okie doke. Okay. Bye bye.