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#128 – Planned Parenthood in Easton, PA

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EASTON, PA 18045-5280

TAPE – 128

(Dialing, phone ringing)

RECORDING: Thank you for calling the Easton office of Planned Parenthood. Take note, our new Monday hours are from 10:30 to 4. For our center hours, please press 1. For walk-in pregnancy tests and emergency contraception hours, press 2. For directions to our center, please press 3. For a listing of other Planned Parenthood center locations, please press 4.

Thank you for calling the Easton office of Planned Parenthood. Our office hours are Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday from 12:30 p.m. until 5 p.m., Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are closed on Fridays. If this is a medical emergency, please report to the nearest emergency —

Your call is being transferred.

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood.

CALLER: Hi. Do you guys do abortions there?

CLINIC: No, we don’t.

CALLER: No? Do you know anyone that would?

CLINIC: First you would have to get a positive pregnancy test. Have you done that yet?

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

CLINIC: You would have to get proof of pregnancy from like a Planned Parenthood, which we can do that for you. And then we would refer you out. We would give you names and phone numbers of places that do the abortion.

CALLER: Is there like an age requirement for that or anything? I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: No, there would not be — the pregnancy test would be free for you. But I’m sure you are going to have to pay for the abortion, and I don’t know — wherever you decide to go, they’ll give you a price for that.

CALLER: Well, my boyfriend will take care of it. He’s got a job. He’s 22 and everything.

CLINIC: Okay. But the pregnancy test will be free for you.

CALLER: Is there an age requirement for abortions?

CLINIC: I know in the state of Pennsylvania — do you live in Pennsylvania?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: Okay. You would have to have parental permission.

CALLER: Is there any way around that? I can’t tell my parents because they absolutely hate my boyfriend and everything. They can’t find out at all. They think he’s too old for me.

CLINIC: In the state of Pennsylvania, you would definitely need parental consent.

CALLER: What can I do?

CLINIC: If you went outside of Pennsylvania — you can go to New Jersey. I know they don’t need parental consent, but that’s our decision. We can give you that information when you come in.

CALLER: Okay. Say after the pregnancy test that you guys do, if you find out I wasn’t pregnant, do you have a birth control program or anything?

CLINIC: If you find out that you’re not pregnant, we can set up an appointment for you to become a family planning patient. You can get on birth control, give you all your options. So it’s basically up to you whatever you decide to do.

CALLER: Do you guys have to tell anybody about this?

CLINIC: Oh, no. It’s strictly confidential.

CALLER: So if my boyfriend comes with me, it’s all okay and everything?

CLINIC: Um-hmm. That’s fine.

CALLER: Would he have to fill out any paperwork?

CLINIC: Nope. It’s all about you, when you come in.

CALLER: He’s already got a little boy, so he knows about birth control. So it would just be cool if he could come and be there with me.

CLINIC: All they would do here is the pregnancy test like I said. We don’t do the abortions here. Like I said, we would refer you out.

CALLER: Well, like for birth control.

CLINIC: Right. But you’d have to make sure you’re not pregnant first.

CALLER: And you guys don’t have to tell anyone about my boyfriend?

CLINIC: Everything you say here is confidential. We would advise you that — he’s 22, like you said, and you’re 14. No one would find out. That’s the bottom line.

CALLER: All right. Okay.

CLINIC: Unless he’s like physically hurting you or something.

CALLER: No. We’re in love, and we’re going to get married.


CALLER: So like, no.

CLINIC: Okay. No one will find out, no. That’s not an issue here.

CALLER: Where in New Jersey would it be?

CLINIC: When you come in, like I said, if we find out that you do have a positive pregnancy test and you’re choosing abortion, we can give you a sheet that we have of all places in New Jersey that do abortions. And you would choose from that sheet where you wanted to go.

CALLER: When could I be able to come in?

CLINIC: A pregnancy test is a walk-in service. You can come in any time during the times that we’re open.

CALLER: Do I have to give my name or anything then?

CLINIC: Um-hmm.

CALLER: Yeah? Oh, okay.

CLINIC: If you choose not to give your correct name, that’s your decision. But we encourage you to give your correct name.

CALLER: Well, I just can’t let my parents know at all. I just can’t get in trouble. I don’t know what they would do if they found out about all this.

CLINIC: No, it’s strictly confidential.

CALLER: Okay. If I thought up any more questions, can I talk to you later?

CLINIC: Oh, sure. Anyone here can help you.

CALLER: Well, I like you. You’re nice. Is it okay if I call you?

CLINIC: I can’t guarantee that I’m going to answer the phone.

CALLER: Oh. Well, can I ask for you. What was your name?

CLINIC: I don’t like to give my name out. But anyone here is qualified to help you. Okay?