MEDICAL CENTER OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD
2314 AUBURN AVE
CINCINNATI, OH 45219-2802
TAPE – 311
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CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. Can I help you?
CALLER: Hi. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.
CALLER: I just called another place yesterday, and they told me to call you guys. So I was just making sure I called the right people. Do you know how much that cost?
CLINIC: Between 5 and 14 weeks it’s $395. Okay?
CALLER: Well, like my last period was like the 14th of December. Do you know how many weeks that would be?
CLINIC: December 14th and today is February 20th. You’re about nine-and-a-half weeks.
CALLER: So how much would that be.
CLINIC: Three hundred and ninety-five dollars.
CALLER: Well, my friend told me that since I’ll be 14 in March that my parents have to sign some stuff. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to do that?
CLINIC: No, he’s not old enough to sign for you. You would have to have your parents.
CALLER: Is there any way not to have my parents know?
CLINIC: No —
CALLER: Because they can’t find out at all.
CLINIC: — it’s a state law. And the only way around that state law is to go to court in front of a judge. It’s called judicial bypass. And you would explain to a judge why you couldn’t tell your parents that you’re pregnant.
CALLER: Would he say that it’s all right?
CLINIC: Well, it depends. He could or he couldn’t. Where are you calling from?
CALLER: I’m in Forest Park.
CLINIC: He could or he could say no, and you have to tell your parents. The law in Ohio is parental notification. They can’t say yes or they can’t say no, they just have to be made aware. Okay?
CALLER: Well, they can’t find out at all.
CLINIC: Right. Well, the only other step you have, ma’am, is to go to court. And that means that a judge will make that decision. You will have to speak with our social worker, and they would set you up with an attorney, and you will go to court and speak to the judge.
CALLER: Does it cost anything for an attorney?
CLINIC: Uh-uh. No. That’s the only other way around your parents not knowing.
CALLER: Would they have to tell anybody about my boyfriend?
CLINIC: About your boyfriend? It’s a possibility. I don’t know exactly what questions that the judge asks. I don’t know.
CALLER: Well, would you have to say anything about my boyfriend?
CLINIC: If your boyfriend’s 22 and you’re 14? Um-hmm.
CLINIC: Well, because —
CALLER: What do you mean? Why would you have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: Well, because you’re 14 and he’s 22.
CALLER: Is there something wrong with that?
CLINIC: Is there something wrong with a 22-year-old being with a 14-year-old? He’s a grown man and you’re a minor.
CALLER: Yeah, but we’re in love. We’re going to get married.
CLINIC: Okay. I’m not going to argue with you about it. I’m just saying that is against the law, but that’s only between you and whoever else you tell.
CALLER: Well, could we get in trouble? Like what would happen?
CLINIC: You possibly could. He possibly could.
CALLER: What kind of trouble? What could happen?
CLINIC: He could go to jail.
CALLER: He could go to jail?
CLINIC: Yeah, for statutory rape.
CALLER: But he’s not raping me. We’re in love.
CLINIC: Okay. I don’t know. I mean, I don’t know. I’m just telling you, that’s the repercussions. That’s what could happen, if somebody took it that far.
CALLER: Well, would it be all right if he brought me in to get the pregnancy test? Because I don’t know how else I would get there.
CLINIC: Yeah, he can take you to get a pregnancy test.
CALLER: Well, would he get in trouble if he brought me?
CLINIC: Would he get in trouble if he brought you to get a pregnancy test? It depends on whatever you tell people. I mean, it depends on what you say to people.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: All right?
CALLER: Well, what should I say?
CLINIC: I can’t tell you what (chuckle) — I can’t tell you want to say. I can only tell you if you need a pregnancy test. And if you go in and someone asks you, and whatever you tell them, they’ll do whatever based on the information that you give them. Okay?
CALLER: But you wouldn’t tell anybody?
CLINIC: I don’t know you, so I couldn’t tell anybody.
CALLER: Well, if I did come in for a pregnancy test, and say it was negative and I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys have birth control there?
CLINIC: Yeah. That’s done in our medical clinic.
CALLER: Well, would I have to tell anybody that I was on birth control?
CLINIC: Would you have to tell your parents you’re on birth control? Uh-uh, no. How do you know you’re pregnant?
CALLER: Well, I haven’t had my — I missed my period.
CLINIC: Okay. All right. But you want to take a test first, okay?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: All righty.
CALLER: What’s your name? Could I call you back?
CLINIC: Well, I don’t work where the pregnancy tests are, so you need to call that clinic. Let me give you that number– 287-6484
CALLER: But if my boyfriend had any questions, could I call and ask you?
CLINIC: Anybody can help you.
CALLER: Well, what was your name?
CLINIC: My name is Connie.
CLINIC: All right.
CALLER: Thank you.
CLINIC: Bye bye.