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#091 – Planned Parenthood in Newburgh, NY

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NEWBURGH, NY 12250-4853

TAPE – 091

(Dialing, phone ringing)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood.

CALLER: Hi. Do you guys do abortions there?

CLINIC: We don’t perform them here, but our Beacon, Poughkeepsie office, and New Windsor and Goshen — Goshen and Windsor, they do the medical TOPs. But if you’re going to go to one of those offices, we have to do an exam here before you go to see them. And with the Poughkeepsie and Beacon, they do the termination with local anesthesia. You’re awake.

CALLER: Do you have to be a certain age for that? I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: Well, if you need a pregnancy test, we’ll do a pregnancy test here. You can walk in today between 1 and 4.

CALLER: Oh. Well, I can’t do it today. I have to talk to my boyfriend and see when he can get off work.

CLINIC: Okay. I was giving you the hours. If not, you come in tomorrow 8:30 to 11. And they’ll do a pregnancy test, they’ll go over your options, and then they’ll advise where you can go. And we’ll give you a list, and you can review, then you can decide where you would have transportation to get to. But here in the Newburg office, we don’t do the terminations, but we do advise you where you can go to have one done.

CALLER: Is it okay if he comes with me? I mean, he’s 22.

CLINIC: What do you mean? Come here to the office?


CLINIC: Yeah, he can come with you.

CALLER: And you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody or anything?

CLINIC: Well, you do know about statutory rape, right?


CLINIC: Statutory rape?

CALLER: What’s that?

CLINIC: Statutory rape is because you’re 14 and he’s 22. Well, we’re like mandated reporters.

CALLER: Oh. What does that mean?

CLINIC: We’re mandated reporters, that we’re healthcare professionals. And if we see something that needs to be called into them, we would have to do that.


CLINIC: Because it’s a law. You’re 14 and he’s 22. Even if you gave him permission to have sex — does your parents know your sexual involvement?

CALLER: No, they don’t know at all. They just don’t like him. We’re in love. We’re going to get married.

CLINIC: Yeah, you’re in love, you’re going to get married. But I’m just saying, if you were to come here — and even to any other healthcare facility or office — they’re mandated reporters.

Do they not like him because they know how old he is and you’re 14?

CALLER: Well, yeah. They think he’s too old, but we’re in love.

CLINIC: I’m just letting you know. But we are here for your services. And what I’m telling you, no matter what healthcare office you decide to go to, they’re going to discuss that with you.

CALLER: Well, what can I do?

CLINIC: You’re pregnant, and you’re requesting to do a termination. I mean, you’re not going to continue with the pregnancy. You can’t prolong that, you understand? Because the longer you wait for a termination, the more difficult the procedure can be.

CALLER: Okay. And you don’t have to tell anybody about my boyfriend?

CLINIC: Well, when you come in, whoever’s going to talk to you, they would know.

CALLER: Why would they — why would they have to say anything?

CLINIC: We just want to make sure it’s consensual that you gave him permission. But then again, even though you might have given him permission, because of your age, it’s a law that we are mandated to make a report. And they will just look into it. He might get arrested; he may not get arrested. They want to know where your parents — that you’re this age, and you’re having sex with a 22-year-old.

CALLER: Get arrested? I mean — but we’re in love. I don’t understand. He’s going to take care of me.

CLINIC: What don’t you understand about it? I’m just letting you know it’s a law. And when there’s laws involved, we just have to follow the laws.

CALLER: Is there any way around that? I can’t — nobody can know.

CLINIC: Okay. Hold on for a moment.

RECORDING: — is located at 91 Dubois Street, across from the hospital. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. We accept Medicaid, MVP, GHI, GHI-HMO, and many other insurance plans. Thank you for holding. We’ll be with you momentarily.

If you need an exam, we have walk-in clinics Monday through Thursday, starting at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Fridays at 1 p.m. You don’t need an appointment. Just come in.

(Spanish recording)

CLINIC: Okay. Well, I just spoke to the nurse practitioner. It’s really your decision where you’re going to go to be seen regarding to have your pregnancy test, and they can do a counseling visit regarding the termination. But I’m must letting you know that if you come here, if you go to any other health facility, if they are aware of your age and your partner’s age, I’m just letting you know what can happen.

CALLER: What do you mean?

CLINIC: The statutory rape that I discussed with you. They’re mandated reporters, so they would have to make a phone call.

CALLER: So if I told them about my boyfriend, they would have to call?


CALLER: What if I didn’t say anything?

CLINIC: I’m not — that’s your decision. I’m just letting you know, no matter where you go, if they’re aware of his age and yours, and you’re pregnant — that’s your decision if you’re going to terminate. But due to his age, and your parents are not aware, that’s a law. He can get arrested. A phone call can be made into the mandated hotline number.

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

CLINIC: Sure you can. We’re here until 4.

CALLER: What was your name?

CLINIC: My name is Marabelle (ph).

CALLER: All right. Bye.