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#122 – Planned Parenthood in Corning, NY

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CORNING, NY 14830-2545

TAPE – 122

(Dialing, phone ringing)

CLINIC: Good morning, Planned Parenthood. This is Tammy.

CALLER: Hi. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.

CLINIC: We actually don’t. Do you want to come in for a pregnancy test?

CALLER: Well, I guess. Well, do you guys have to tell my parents or anything about that?

CLINIC: No, we do not.

CALLER: Because if my parents find out, they’d be furious. Well, my boyfriend’s 22. And we’re in love, and we want to get married, but they don’t like him because they think he’s too old for me. So there’s just no way that they can find out at all.

CLINIC: Right. I understand that. Basically, in order to give out that kind of information, we would need to have you come in, and you can do a pregnancy test. And what we call that is a pregnancy test with options, and then we can go from there.

CALLER: When could I come in?

CLINIC: Have you ever been here before?


CLINIC: Okay. I just have to ask you some questions, and just remind you that this is confidential.


CLINIC: So I need your last name.

CALLER: It’s Smith.

CLINIC: S-m-i-t-h?


CLINIC: And what’s your first name.

CALLER: Christine.

CLINIC: Is that spelled with “K” or a “C”?


CLINIC: And a phone number, Christine?

CALLER: Well —

CLINIC: This is just — if we need to call you for any reason, we can say Doctor’s Office or Abby.

CALLER: Is it all right if I give you my boyfriend’s cell phone number after I get it from him? Because he just got it, and I don’t know the number yet.

CLINIC: Yeah. Well, why don’t you give me your phone number, and I’ll just put down here don’t call.

CALLER: Well, can I just give you my boyfriend’s telephone number? Can I call you back with that?

CLINIC: Yeah. Your date of birth?

CALLER: It’s March 19, 1988.

CLINIC: 19th?


CLINIC: And if we need to call you for any reason, what do you want us to say? Usually we say Planned Parenthood, but we can say Doctor’s Office or we can say this is Abby.

CALLER: If you’re talking to my boyfriend or whatever, it’s all right. He’s going to take care of everything. So just whatever.

I was wondering also, if I wasn’t pregnant or anything after you guys do the pregnancy test, do you guys do birth control or anything?

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

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

CLINIC: No, we would not.

CALLER: Would it be all right if my boyfriend came and picked that up?

CLINIC: Actually, once you have your exam and everything, if you’re going to go through with an AB, go through that, then it’s like three weeks. Then you’d come back and have your exam. And then we go from there and do birth control.

CALLER: Okay. But you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody about that?

CLINIC: No, we would not.

CALLER: Would he have to fill out any forms?

CLINIC: No, just give us permission that he could pick them up; that’s all.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: I’m looking for a spot to put you in.

CALLER: The main reason why I’m calling is because I’m just concerned that I’m pregnant because my last period was the first week in December.

CLINIC: Oh, okay. I have — wait a minute, I’ve got to back up here.

CALLER: I took a home pregnancy test over the weekend. Are those accurate?

CLINIC: Pretty much. But we really require a pregnancy test through — there’s so many different kinds.

CALLER: I’m just so worried about this because if my parents found out anything, I would be like in the biggest trouble. I don’t even know what they would do.

CLINIC: Right. And I understand that. Can you hold for a moment, Christine?


CLINIC: Thank you.


(Dial tone, dialing, phone ringing)

CLINIC: Good morning, Planned Parenthood. This is Evelyn. How may I help you?

CALLER: Hi, yeah. Well, I was talking to Tammy.

CLINIC: Yep. Hold on.

CLINIC: Christine?

CALLER: Yeah, I’m sorry. I’m at my friend’s house. And her mom came in, so I had to hang up.

CLINIC: It’s okay. I understand. I really do. Tomorrow I can do 6:30.

CALLER: Yeah, yeah. I’d have to call my boyfriend and make sure, but that sounds like it’s all right.


CALLER: Is it all right if he brings me. Can he come in with me?

CLINIC: After the pregnancy test and after — I’m not — there’s another medical assistant that will doing that with you. And you’re more than welcome to ask her that. I’m going to schedule you in for 6:30.

CALLER: I meant like, is it all right if he comes tomorrow with me?

CLINIC: Yes. Yes. By all means. Sure.

CALLER: Is it all right if he talks to you guys and asks questions too?

CLINIC: Yes. That would be fine. Okay?

Now, are you a high school student, college?

CALLER: Well, I’m actually homeschooled. But I’m not actually in high school yet. Is it all right if I call you back with his cell phone number in a second?

CLINIC: Yes, it is.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay? And I’m here until 5:00 tonight, so there’s no hurry, okay?

CALLER: All right. Okay

CLINIC: All right. Thank you, Christine.


CLINIC: Bye bye.