Listen to the Call:
200 S GEORGE ST
ROME, NY 13440-6541
TAPE – 119
(Dialing, phone ringing)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. Can I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: No, we do not.
CALLER: No? Well, do you know who would?
CLINIC: Well, there are plenty of places that would, but first you need a pregnancy test in order to get going. How far along do you think you are?
CALLER: Well, my last period was like the first week in December.
CLINIC: The first week in December. Hold on a second.
CLINIC: Did you want to come in for a pregnancy test first?
CALLER: Well, yeah, I guess. Is there like an age requirement for that?
CLINIC: No. How old are you?
CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.
CLINIC: You’re 14? You’re 13?
CALLER: I’ll be 14, yeah.
CLINIC: Are you covered under your parents’ insurance?
CALLER: Well, my boyfriend was going to pay cash for it. He’s got a job. He’s 22, so he’ll take care of everything.
CLINIC: Can you come in at 1:00 this afternoon?
CALLER: Well, I’d have to call my boyfriend to see.
CLINIC: Okay. Then you can call me back. What’s your name?
CALLER: My name is Christine.
CALLER: Christine Smith.
CALLER: Is there any way my parents would have to know this at all because —
CALLER: — if they found out — they hate my boyfriend because they think he’s too old for me.
CLINIC: Well, actually, he is (chuckle). But that’s okay. Okay. So call me back.
CALLER: What do you mean he is?
CLINIC: No, that’s all right (chuckle).
CALLER: So you guys wouldn’t tell anybody or anything at all?
CLINIC: No, it’s confidential here.
CALLER: If it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, would you guys be able to do birth control there?
CLINIC: Yeah. But we set you up at a later date to have that done, okay?
CALLER: And you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody about birth control either?
CALLER: So when I talk to my boyfriend —
CLINIC: Just call me back.
CALLER: What was your name?
CLINIC: My name?
CLINIC: I don’t give it on the phone. Okay?
CLINIC: All right.