Listen to the Call:
10 W CHESTNUT ST # 6
HAZELTON, PA 18201-6419
TAPE – 130
(dialing sounds) (ringing 1X)
RECORDING: Hello. This is the Hazelton Office of Planned Parenthood. Please listen carefully to the following menu selections. Our office and pill supply hours are Monday 9 to 2, Tuesday 2 to 7, Wednesday 10 to 2, and Thursday 12 to 4. We are closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We will also be closed on Monday, January 21. If this is a medical emergency please go to the nearest emergency room and call us with the results of that visit. If you would like our walk-in pregnancy test and emergency contraception hours, please press 2. If you would like our walk-in depo provera hours, please press 3. If you need directions to our center, please press 4. If you have a question or would like to make an appointment and it is during our office hours, please press 5. (dial sound)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. May I help you?
CALLER: Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: No, we don’t.
CALLER: No? Do you know of any place that does?
CLINIC: What city are you calling from?
CALLER: I’m in White Haven.
CLINIC: The closet place to you would probably be the Allentown Women’s Center.
CLINIC: Did you want their number?
CLINIC: Okay. Do you have a pen handy?
CALLER: Yeah, I got one now.
CLINIC: Okay, and it writes? Huh? Usually I have one that doesn’t write or a pencil and the point’s broke.
CALLER: Oh, yeah, well it’s working.
CLINIC: Okay. It’s 1-800-372-8500. Now after you have the termination done you can either go back to Allentown and have followup or you could come to our office.
CLINIC: And have followup and also, you know, pick a method of birth control at the time. Also, when you call the Allentown Women’s Center they’re going to talk to you about the state mandated information. You can either go to Allentown and have that done there and then make another trip back to have the termination done, or you can come to our office and at a fee of $25 you can watch the doctor by way of videotape and that will save you that extra trip to Allentown.
CALLER: Well, like my main question is, my friend told me that you guys have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion. Is that true?
CLINIC: How old are you?
CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.
CLINIC: Okay, yeah. In the state of Pennsylvania if you are under 18 you do have to have a parent. If you go out of state, if you go to New York or New Jersey you don’t have to. But in the state of Pennsylvania you do.
CALLER: It’s just, I can’t tell my parents at all because like, well my boyfriend’s 22, and we’re going to get married, and we love each other. But like if they found out — they hate him because they think that he’s too old for me. But it’s just they can’t find out at all.
CALLER: So —
CLINIC: Yeah. That’s the only information I can give you is that in the state of Pennsylvania if you’re under 18 a parent does have to know. You have to have a parent’s consent. A parent has to be with you to have the termination done.
CALLER: So there wouldn’t be any way to stay —
CLINIC: Not in the state of Pennsylvania you couldn’t have it done on your own, no.
CALLER: Well, like if — like if I came in there and you guys — you guys do pregnancy tests, right?
CALLER: If it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys do birth control there?
CALLER: And you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about that?
CLINIC: Right. You don’t have to — no. Nobody would have to know that you’re coming in here for an exam and to have birth control, no.
CALLER: Okay. Does anybody have to know about my boyfriend or anything?
CALLER: Okay. So, well, is it all right —
CLINIC: You’re not being raped or abused, correct?
CALLER: Yeah, right. We’re in love.
CLINIC: We don’t need to know anything about your personal life.
CLINIC: So that would be perfectly fine.
CALLER: And it’s all right like if my boyfriend comes with me?
CLINIC: Sure. You know, he could sit in the waiting room. We like to talk to you by yourself, and you’re just going to fill out paperwork and have an exam, you know, but —
CALLER: Would he have to fill out any paperwork?
CLINIC: No, he don’t have to do anything. He doesn’t even have to be with you.
CALLER: Oh. All right.
CLINIC: You don’t know if you definitely are pregnant?
CALLER: Well, I took a pregnancy, a home pregnancy test over the weekend, and it said it was positive.
CLINIC: It came out positive. What kind of test was it?
CALLER: It was — my girlfriend gave it to me, like.
CLINIC: You don’t know the brand?
CLINIC: I can also tell you that home tests sometimes are highly inaccurate. We have people that come in and get one result from a home test, different result from our tests.
CLINIC: So you may want to consider coming in here. There would be no charge for you to get a pregnancy test done here.
CALLER: So maybe I’m not pregnant?
CLINIC: There’s always that chance.
CLINIC: Are you late with the period?
CALLER: Well, yeah, like my last period was like the first week in December.
CLINIC: Okay. Well, that’s, you know, one thing that would make you think you were. So all I could tell you is to come in and get a pregnancy test. We’ll give you paperwork and then you take it in whichever direction you’d like.
CLINIC: All righty?
CALLER: Is it okay if I thought of another question that I could ask you?
CLINIC: Oh, absolutely. Call us back. That’s no problem.
CALLER: Okay. Could I talk to you?
CLINIC: Sure. I’ll be answering the phone.
CLINIC: My name is Judy. Okay?
CLINIC: All righty. Take care.
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