Listen to the Call:
2330 NE DIVISION ST 3 7
BEND, OR 97701-3570
TAPE – 592
(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)
CLINIC: Good afternoon. Planned Parenthood.
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: Yes, we do.
CALLER: Oh. Well, how much does that cost?
CLINIC: It’s $350.
CLINIC: Are you calling for yourself?
CLINIC: Okay, and have you done a pregnancy test at a clinic yet?
CLINIC: Nope? Just a home one?
CALLER: No. I just haven’t had my period since like December 26, so I’m scared.
CLINIC: Right. I guess the first step is to come in for a pregnancy test.
CLINIC: And then we can go over, you know —
CALLER: Well, it’s just the thing is, I’m going to be 14 in March, and my friend told me that you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of it, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: Actually the Oregon law states that if you’re under the age of 15 you have to have parental consent to have a surgery.
CLINIC: You can come in and do the pregnancy test and stuff like that. We don’t need to inform your parents. So we could start off that way, and kind of go from there.
CALLER: So is there any way not to have to tell my parents though?
CLINIC: I don’t think to have the procedure. I mean, there might be a different state that would allow it, but I doubt it.
CALLER: Okay. Well, it’s just, my parents can’t find out at all. I mean, I don’t know what they would do if I told them.
CLINIC: Right. Well, a good thing is to make sure that you’re actually pregnant first.
CLINIC: A pregnancy test.
CALLER: But you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: Not if you came up for the pregnancy test. The only thing is, we couldn’t do the surgery without getting your parents consent, and wouldn’t call them and tell them. You know, and tell — I mean, we wouldn’t call them and tell them. We just couldn’t do the surgery unless they were, they signed the consent form.
CLINIC: But you can come in for a pregnancy test and to talk to us and stuff without your parents’ knowledge.
CALLER: Do you think like anybody else could do it without my parents knowing?
CLINIC: Nobody in Oregon can.
CLINIC: I mean, it’s Oregon state law.
CLINIC: So. But —
CALLER: Well, what about California?
CLINIC: You know, I’m not sure. I don’t — you know. That would be something you’d have to call someplace there and find out what their state law says.
CALLER: Okay. Well, if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control there?
CLINIC: Yep, and we wouldn’t have to tell your parents if you wanted birth control.
CALLER: Okay. Well, what time do you normally do the pregnancy tests?
CLINIC: You know, you could come in. If you wanted to come in today you could come in until about 5:15 or tomorrow between 9:00 and 4:30.
CALLER: Okay. Well, I have to call my boyfriend to see, but if I had any other questions could I call and talk to you? What was your name?
CLINIC: My name’s Joanna.
CALLER: All right, thanks.
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