Listen to the Call:
PLANNED PARENTHOOD – HUDSON PECONIC
175 TARRYTOWN RD
WHITE PLAINS, NY 10601
TAPE – 804
(Dialing, phone ringing 3x)
CLINIC: Good morning, Planned Parenthood.
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: Yes we do, sweetie.
CALLER: Okay. Well, how much does it cost for that?
CLINIC: It’s $450. We take insurance if you have insurance. Do you have or you don’t?
CALLER: Well, no. The thing is, I’m going to be 14 later on this month, and my friend said that you guys would have to tell my parents. But —
CLINIC: That’s not true.
CALLER: My boyfriend’s 22. He could take care of everything then?
CALLER: Well, he said he was going to pay cash for everything, but we don’t want anyone to know about us.
CLINIC: Everything here is confidential, sweetie. Nothing has to be said unless you say something to your friends, but nothing from here.
CALLER: So if he was paying, he wouldn’t have to sign anything or his name wouldn’t have to be on any form?
CLINIC: No, no. Nothing. All you have to do is just come in. I can give you the girls in the back and just make an appointment. Do you know how far along you are?
CALLER: Well, no. I just haven’t had my period since January 3rd.
CLINIC: Do you want to make an appointment or do you want to call back? You don’t want to wait too long, sweetie, because we only do it here no more than 14 weeks.
CALLER: Okay. Well, do you guys do a pregnancy test just to make sure?
CLINIC: Yeah, we do everything before the actual procedure’s done, a sonogram and everything.
CALLER: When do you do the pregnancy tests?
CLINIC: We can do it the same day. Or if you want to come in and do it before that, you could come.
CALLER: Well, do you have anything on Saturday?
CLINIC: Hold on, sweetie. Hold on.
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CLINIC: Okay. I’m sorry, sweetie.
CLINIC: I’m sorry. What you were saying? By the time I get back to all these calls, I forget where I’m at.
CLINIC: Well, I was wondering when I could get a pregnancy test done.
CLINIC: For that you don’t need an appointment; you can just walk in. All you need is an i.d., a school i.d. or anything. If you want to come in today, you can come in between 1 and 4.
CALLER: Well, are there any times tomorrow?
CLINIC: Between 9 and 11:15.
CLINIC: Just come in. All you need is an i.d. Anybody that comes with you must also have an i.d.
CALLER: Well, if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control from you guys?
CLINIC: Yeah. First time visit is free, under 17, first time visit is free.
CALLER: But would you have to tell anybody if I was getting birth control?
CLINIC: No, sweetie. We don’t do nothing — everything here is confidential. Nothing here gets sent to the home; nothing here gets sent to the parents. Even if the parents call here, we cannot tell them anything. They could be knocking our door down, breaking all the glass, and we still can’t say anything. Everything here is confidential.
CALLER: But I don’t want anybody to know, even more than my parents.
CLINIC: No. Nothing gets said here, not unless — like I said, the only person that’s going to know is if you tell something to one of your friends, and that’s how rumors start. That’s how they find out. Because if you tell a friend and you say don’t say nothing, before you know it, that friend’s going to tell somebody. If you’re going to do something, you have to keep it between you and your boyfriend only and forget about everybody else.
If you don’t want to take birth control pills, you can take the Depo shot or you can take the Levonelle shot. The Levonelle makes your period come every month so your mother won’t get suspicious. You have to come in though to get that Levonelle shot every month. And the depo shot is every three months. You come every three months and you get the depo shot. So you choose whatever you want to do.
CALLER: It’s just me and my boyfriend don’t want to have to worry about all this again.
CALLER: If I had any other questions, could I call and talk to you? I just don’t know what to do.
CLINIC: Sure, sweetie. I’m Carmen.
CALLER: What was your mane?
CLINIC: So you could call me anytime, sweetie. Okay?
CALLER: Okay. Thanks.
CLINIC: You’re welcome.