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#415 – Planned Parenthood in Elmira, NY

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ELMIRA, NY 14901-2836

TAPE – 415

(dialing sounds) (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: Good morning. Planned Parenthood. This is Judy speaking. How may I help you?

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

CLINIC: No, we don’t.

CALLER: Do you know of any place that does?

CLINIC: In Ithaca they do.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you have the number for that?

CLINIC: What’s Ithaca’s telephone number? It’s 273-1513.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know, like I’m just really worried because like my friend told me that since like I’ll be 14 in March she said that they would have to tell my parents I’m getting an abortion but —


CALLER: — my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just sign whatever that is and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No. You wouldn’t have to tell anybody because it’s confidentiality if you go to Planned Parenthood.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, could I — like I’m just really scared because I haven’t had my period since like December 14, and I don’t know what to do. So could I come in there for like a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: Oh, absolutely. We could do that. Have you ever been to Planned Parenthood before?


CLINIC: All right. Let me get you into the computer. Hold on just a second, hon. (pause) What’s your last name?

CALLER: Smith.

CLINIC: (typing) First name?

CALLER: Christine.

CLINIC: With a K or a C?


CLINIC: Phone number where we could reach you?

CALLER: Well, my boyfriend wanted to use his cell phone number, but he just got it, and I don’t know what it is. Is it all right to call you back with that later?

CLINIC: Oh, sure. Sure.


CLINIC: Your birthday?

CALLER: My birthday is March 19, 1988. Do you know if it’s all right if I use his address?

CLINIC: Oh, yes, as long as — you know it’s somewheres where we could get ahold of you, or whatever.


CLINIC: So let me see when we can get you in.

CALLER: Do you know like if the pregnancy test came out that I wasn’t pregnant that if you guys could do birth control or anything?

CLINIC: Well, we would have to set you up for an appointment so you could come in for an exam.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: You have to have an exam first in order to get on birth control.

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: Okay? Can you come in Thursday, hon?

CALLER: I think so. I’d have to call my boyfriend to see. He’d be the only way I could get there.

CLINIC: Okay. Do you want to set up an appointment? Now do you go to school during the day?

CALLER: Well, I’m homeschooled.

CLINIC: You’re homeschooled. So do you want to set up the appointment, or you just want to get back to us on that?

CALLER: I guess I’ll just call you back after I talk to him.


CALLER: Could I ask you real quick, like if I was on birth control would you guys have to tell anybody?


CALLER: It’s just me and my boyfriend were talking about it, and we didn’t want anybody to really know about all this, so.

CLINIC: No, it’s very confidential here, hon. Whatever you do, you’re the patient, and we abide by what you want as far as contact and everything. Okay?

CALLER: Okay, so would it be all right if — like I would really prefer if he was there with me. Would that be okay with everything?

CLINIC: He could come and sit with you and stuff, but as far as when you come in for your exam if you come for birth control you know, providing this test is negative, there’s a lot of the time that we would just prefer to talk to you because there’s a lot of questions we would want to ask you and it’s a little easier one on one.

CALLER: Oh, okay. But it’s okay if he’s there?

CLINIC: Yeah, as long as he’s here. Yeah, in the waiting room he can wait for you.



CALLER: Well, let me call him and call you back. What was your name?

CLINIC: Mine’s Judy.



CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: All right. Bye bye.

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