Listen to the Call:
755 NEW YORK AVE # 333
HUNTINGTON, NY 11743-4248
(Dialing, phone ringing)
CLINIC: Good afternoon. Planned Parenthood, West Islip. Lisa speaking. Can I ask you to hold a moment?
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Our clients count on our caring staff for annual check-ups, birth control information, family planning supplies —
CLINIC: Hi. How can I help you?
CALLER: Hi. I was wondering, do you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: No, not here. But I can give you the number where they do them. We can run your pregnancy test and give you some counseling if you need that.
CALLER: Okay. Do you know if they would have to tell my parents or anything?
CALLER: Okay. The problem is, they can’t tell my parents at all because my boyfriend’s 22. And we’re going to get married, but my parents hate him because they think he’s too old for me.
CLINIC: Okay. That’s confidential.
CALLER: Okay. And they wouldn’t have to tell anybody at all?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Okay? Do you want to come in for a pregnancy test?
CALLER: Yeah, I guess.
CLINIC: Hold on one second. Can you hold on?
RECORDING: — sliding fee scale based on income and family size. Special consideration is made regarding the income for teens 17 and under. Testing and counseling for HIV are always free to our established clients. We accept Medicaid, major credit cards, and several health insurance plans. For more information, please, just ask.
Good news for Medicaid participants —
CLINIC: Okay, hi.
CLINIC: All right. So you want to come in for your pregnancy test, right?
CLINIC: Okay. Hold on one second.
CALLER: There’s not like an age requirement for that or anything, is there?
CLINIC: Excuse me?
CALLER: You don’t have to be a specific age to get a pregnancy test?
CALLER: Because I’ll be 14 in March. And that’s still all right?
CLINIC: That’s fine. A pregnancy test, we don’t need your parents’ permission. You don’t need your parents’ permission, okay?
CALLER: Okay. Do you guys need to tell my parents anything at all?
CLINIC: No, absolutely not. A woman has the right to consent to your own care, women’s care. So the only reason they would have to get your parents involved would be if you were going to have medication, like a life-threatening thing or anything like that.
CALLER: Oh, okay. So it’s all right if my boyfriend brings me and everything.
CLINIC: That’s fine. We’re not going to say anything. It’s totally confidential.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: When did you want to come in, first of all?
CALLER: Well, I would have to see when he can get off work and come and take me.
CLINIC: So then you’re going to call me back? Is that what you want to do?
CLINIC: For a pregnancy test, you can just come in — you can pretty much come in at any time. We’re open until 8:30. We do prefer that you call so we can put you into the book so that you have a time slot. Let’s say you don’t have an appointment and it’s packed in here, all those people are going to go before you. If you have an appointment, you have a scheduled time. You understand what I’m trying to say?
CALLER: Yeah. Say I ended up not being pregnant, do you guys do birth control there?
CLINIC: Of course. Absolutely.
CALLER: And you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about that either?
CLINIC: No. You consent to your own women’s health care. You don’t have to be of age to consent for your own care, for women’s health that is.
CALLER: Okay. So no one has to know anything about anything?
CLINIC: Absolutely not.
CALLER: And it’s all right if my boyfriend comes in with me and everything?
CLINIC: He can come in. That’s fine. That’s fine. You need somebody to bring you, right?
CALLER: Yeah. And no one will say anything about that or anything?
CLINIC: We’re not going to say anything. That’s totally — you don’t even have to say that he’s your boyfriend. They don’t ask who’s coming in with you. That’s none of our business.
CALLER: All right, okay.
CLINIC: We’re here to take care of you and provide services to you.
CLINIC: Okay? Do you want to call me back?
CALLER: Yeah. What was your name?
CLINIC: My name is Joanne.
CALLER: Joanne? All right. Okay.
CLINIC: Okay. Bye.