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#131 – Planned Parenthood in Scranton, PA

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SCRANTON, PA 18503-1931

TAPE – 131

(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)

RECORDING: You have reached the Scranton office of Planned Parenthood located at 316 Penn Avenue. Please listen to the entire menu to get the proper extension. Our regular business hours are Monday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, noon to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, noon to 6:30 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Walk-in hours for medical visits no appointment necessary are Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

If we are not open and you’re having a medical problem that needs immediate attention, call your family doctor or go to your nearest emergency room. For our walk-in supply, pick-up and pill-check hours, push extension 11. For walk-in injections and emergency contraception hours, push 13. For our walk-in pregnancy testing hours, push 14. And to speak to a staff person or to make an appointment, push zero (dial button pressed).

Your call is being transferred.

(Phone ringing 6x)

CLINIC: Can I help you?

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

CLINIC: We don’t provide them in this center here. Our Redding center does or there’s the Allentown Women’s Center or Southern Tier in Vestal, New York.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you have the numbers for those?

CLINIC: Hold on.

(Short pause)

CLINIC: Okay. Do you want the number of the office in Redding?

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: 1-888-843-3837.

CALLER: Do you know if there’s like an age limit for that at all? To have an abortion, I mean.

CLINIC: No, there’s no age limit. But if you’re under the age of 18 — how old are you?

CALLER: Well, I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: You need parental consent.

CALLER: Is there any way not to have that? The problem is I can’t tell my parents at all. My boyfriend’s 22, and we’re going to get married. But my parents can’t know because they’d be furious because they think he’s too old for me.

CLINIC: I don’t think so, hon. You can call the Allentown Women’s Center. I can give you their number. There is such a thing as a judicial bypass, but I’m not familiar how they work with that. It’s 1-877-342-5292.

CALLER: Okay. So you don’t know how the judicial bypass works?

CLINIC: No, because they deal with that down there.


CLINIC: All right?

CALLER: Well, say I wasn’t pregnant. Do you guys do birth control there?

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: And you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No. The services are confidential.

CALLER: Oh. Well, I did do a home pregnancy test. I did it over the weekend, and it said it was positive. The main reason why I’m scared is because the last period I had was the first week in December.

CLINIC: Usually at-home pregnancy tests are accurate.

CALLER: They are?

CLINIC: Right.

CALLER: Okay. Is it okay to come in there for a test?

CLINIC: You could come here for a pregnancy test.

CALLER: But you wouldn’t have to tell anybody at all?

CLINIC: (Chuckle). First of all, they wouldn’t tell — it is confidential, okay? The only thing is, I don’t know who you are and whatever, but the age of 22 and 14, that could possibly cause a problem.

CALLER: What kind of problem?

CLINIC: Well, it could be — hold on.


CLINIC: You could come in and have testing done. I don’t know. They would have to check with — sometimes it could be considered rape if somebody is —

CALLER: Even if — we’re in love. We’re going to get married.

CLINIC: Well, there’s a big age difference there. All right?

CALLER: Would you have to tell on him or anything? No one can find out. I just can’t get in trouble. Are you there?

CLINIC: Let me tell you this. If you come in and you give that information to a counselor, if it needs to be reported, we would have to do that.

CALLER: But I can’t do that. They can’t find out at all. What can I do?

CLINIC: First of all, you could come in and have a pregnancy test done to see if you’re pregnant, and let’s start dealing with it from there.

CALLER: Is there any way I could go to New York or whatever? If I would take to you guys’ place in New York, would they have to tell?

CLINIC: I’m not sure, hon. But that would be crossing a state line.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: All right?

CALLER: Is it all right if I call you back?

CLINIC: You can call the center — the number I gave you.

CALLER: Is it all right if I talk to you? Because you’re nice. Can I talk to you later?

CLINIC: There are several people that answer the phone. The only thing we could offer you is to be come in and have a pregnancy test done, as long as you’re five days late with your period.

CALLER: Well, is it all right if I call you back?

CLINIC: Anybody that answers the phone could give you information.

CALLER: But I just don’t want a whole bunch of people to know. I just wanted to talk to you.

CLINIC: No, you wouldn’t be talking to me specifically, okay? All right?

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: All right.