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#207 – Planned Parenthood in Chapel Hill, NC

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TAPE – 207

(dialing sound) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood.

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

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Oh. Well, do you know if you have to be a specific age for that? Like I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: You have to be over 18 unless if you’re under 18 you have to have parental permission.

CALLER: Oh. Is there any way to get around that? Because like I can’t tell my parents at all because — well, my boyfriend’s 22 and we’re in love and everything but my parents hate him because they think he’s too old for me. So they just can’t find out.

CLINIC: The only other way around it is something called judicial bypass. That’s where you have to go speak with a judge.


CLINIC: Generally it’s in private but —

CALLER: Do I need to get a lawyer for that?

CLINIC: No. You just go speak privately with the judge. He’ll talk to you about it. If he feels that you’re able to make up your own decision without your parents’ knowledge then he can give you a legal document saying that someone, a provider can perform the procedure without your parents’ acknowledgement.

CALLER: Well, does he ever say no?

CLINIC: I’m not sure. I haven’t heard of him saying no, but I don’t know a lot of people that go through that process, so. What county do you live in?

CALLER: I live in Sanford.

CLINIC: Okay. Is that a county though? Sanford? It’s not a county.

CALLER: No. We just moved here. It’s a town. I’m not real sure about everything, but.

CLINIC: You’re not sure what county it’s in?

CALLER: Yeah. We just moved here, so.

CLINIC: Okay. Hold on. (pause) Ma’am?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: We’re just trying to figure out what county you’re in because that depends on what number I give you for what place you should call for the judicial bypass.


CLINIC: Okay? So if you can just hold on one more moment, okay? (pause)

(dialing sound) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood.

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was put on hold and it cut me off.


CALLER: But I was asking about judicial bypass, so they were getting a number for me.

CLINIC: Right. We’re trying to now call the government office, department.

CALLER: Okay. Well, I was actually wondering like how much it costs to have an abortion.

CLINIC: It’s $330 for the surgical procedure. You know how far along you are?

CALLER: Well, no. Like well, my last period was like the second week in December.

CLINIC: Okay. Was it normal as far as you know?


CLINIC: So we’ll just go with the roundabout date of the 15th being the first day of your last menstrual period, or do you know the first day of your last menstrual period?

CALLER: It was like around the 15th.

CLINIC: Okay. That being the case, you’re probably right now in your 9th week.


CLINIC: So the surgical procedure that is your option if you wanted to have an abortion right now.


CLINIC: And as I said, here it is $330.

CALLER: Okay. So if I got the judicial bypass you wouldn’t have to tell anybody at all?

CLINIC: Correct.

CALLER: Okay. Would it be all right like if my boyfriend brings me?

CLINIC: Yeah. That’s no problem.

CALLER: Okay. Well, like my friend said that I had to tell you guys that he’s 22. And I’ll be 14 in March, so like is there like I don’t understand why she said we have to tell you guys.

CLINIC: I think she just might have been concerned about what would be perceived as statutory rape.

CALLER: What — I don’t understand what you mean. What’s that?

CLINIC: That’s where when someone who’s underage has intercourse with someone who is over the age of 18.

CALLER: But we’re in love. We’re going to get married. I don’t understand.

CLINIC: It’s what the law is.

CALLER: Well, could he get in trouble or anything?

CLINIC: If someone pressed charges, yes he could.

CALLER: Well, would you guys have to press charges if he brings me in? Like I don’t have any other way to get there.

CLINIC: No. No. No, ma’am. There’s no reason to press charges at all.


CLINIC: She must might have concerned about that.

CALLER: Oh. Well, you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No, ma’am.

CALLER: Okay. So it’s all right if he brings me and everything?

CLINIC: Yes, ma’am.

CALLER: Well, what if they ask about him?

CLINIC: They’re not. That’s not our concern, ma’am. Our concern is taking care of you. It has nothing to do with who you’re in love with or not in love with.

CALLER: Okay. Well, he was also wondering if we could get birth control. Like say that I wasn’t pregnant. Is it okay to get birth control there?

CLINIC: If you weren’t pregnant?


CLINIC: Do you not know?

CALLER: Well, not really.

CLINIC: Have you taken a pregnancy test?

CALLER: Well, I took a home pregnancy test over the weekend and it said it was positive.

CLINIC: Okay. Then it’s extremely — it’s very, very rare to get false positives, so I’m going to go with the presumption that you are pregnant.

CALLER: Like are they ever wrong or anything?

CLINIC: They very, very rarely. Were you taking any sort of street drugs?


CLINIC: Were you taking aspirin at all?


CLINIC: Okay. Those are mainly the things that usually throw it off at all. Other than that it’s usually extremely reliable.


CLINIC: So hold on one more second. The woman who is calling —

CALLER: Like after the abortion is over, I can get birth control?

CLINIC: Yes, ma’am. That’s no problem at all.

CALLER: But you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody that I’m on birth control or anything?

CLINIC: Not at all. Um-um.


CLINIC: Okay. Hold on one second.


CLINIC: (pause) Ma’am?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: Okay. We actually right in front of us do not have — you’re in Lee County, okay?


CLINIC: We do not in front of us have the number for judicial bypass for Lee County.


CLINIC: But what I’m going to do is give you the number for Orange County since that’s where we’re in.


CLINIC: And call there and ask them specifically, do you know the number for judicial bypass for Lee County?


CLINIC: Are you ready for the number?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: It’s 967-9251, Extension 2201.



CALLER: And it’s judicial bypass?

CLINIC: Yes, ma’am.

CALLER: Okay. Well, is it okay like if — I need to talk to my boyfriend and see, but is it okay if I call you back if he has any questions?

CLINIC: That’s no problem at all.

CALLER: What was your name?




CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: You’re welcome. Bye bye.


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