Listen to the Call:
100 N. MCGEE ST. # 38
BORGER, TX 79007-4016
TAPE – 471
(dialing sounds) (ringing 1X)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. This is Paula.
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: No, we don’t.
CALLER: Oh, well, do you know of anybody that does?
CLINIC: Yeah. If you want to come in sometime today or tomorrow I can give you some brochures, but I mean they’re not with us.
CALLER: Okay. Do you know — I’m just worried because like I’m going to be 14 in March, and my friend told me that they would have to tell my parents I’m getting an abortion. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he just, is he old enough to take care of that and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: I don’t think they would have to tell on you.
CALLER: Would they have to tell on him?
CLINIC: I don’t — I wouldn’t mention him.
CALLER: Okay. Well, how come?
CLINIC: Because you’re not old enough.
CALLER: But I’m going to be 14 in March.
CLINIC: Yeah. You’re not 18.
CLINIC: Legally it’s indecency with a child.
CALLER: Oh. But what do you mean?
CLINIC: I mean, in the laws?
CLINIC: I mean, if you have that old of a boyfriend then, I mean, it’s basically like rape.
CALLER: But he’s not raping me. I mean, we’re in love.
CLINIC: I know. I’m just telling you about a law.
CALLER: Well, what could happen?
CLINIC: He could go to jail.
CALLER: He could go to jail?
CALLER: Well, he can’t go to jail.
CLINIC: Yeah, he can.
CALLER: Well, I mean, I need him. I mean, would you guys — if he goes to jail would my — well, what can I do?
CLINIC: Well, there’s nothing you can do. That’s why I say, I wouldn’t mention him if you are consensual.
CALLER: Yeah. Well, would my parents have to know though?
CLINIC: Well, don’t your parents already know you’re dating a 22-year-old?
CALLER: Yeah, but they don’t know we’re having sex. I mean, if they found out we were having sex I don’t know what would happen. They’d be furious.
CLINIC: Well, I’m sure they would.
CALLER: But you guys wouldn’t tell them, would you?
CLINIC: I’m not going to tell nobody nothing.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: Okay? I can’t. I can’t tell. You’re over 14. I can’t tell nobody nothing.
CALLER: Well, I’ll be 14 in March. I’m 13 right now.
CLINIC: Well, I would have to report that.
CLINIC: Okay? If you’re not 14 yet and you’re pregnant and I gave you a positive pregnancy test and you’re not 14, I will have to report that by law.
CALLER: Okay. Well, so would you like — well, could I come in there and get a test though?
CLINIC: Yeah. You can come in and —
CALLER: I’m just worried because I haven’t had my period since like December 21st, and I’m scared.
CLINIC: Yeah? Well, you are welcome to come in here and take a pregnancy test. But I am telling you if you are 13 years old, not yet 14, and I give you a positive pregnancy test, I will have to report that to the department.
CALLER: Well, what if it’s not positive?
CLINIC: Then I don’t, I’m not obligated to report that.
CALLER: Oh. It’s just, me and my boyfriend were talking about all this and we don’t want to have to go through all this again. So could I get birth control?
CALLER: Well, would you have to tell anybody that I was on birth control though?
CLINIC: No. If I have a positive pregnancy test or a positive like chlamydia, gonorrhea, I have to report that by law. My hands are tied on that. You know? I mean, if it was your 14th birthday and it was the day after your 14th birthday, or whatever, and you told me you were positive pregnancy test, I won’t have to report that. But if you’re not 14 yet, I have to report that. My hands are tied. There’s no way around that.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Okay? I’m just letting you know what’s ahead if you come in here.
CALLER: Okay. Well, if — so if I wasn’t pregnant and I was on birth control, would my boyfriend be able to pick it up because I can’t drive to come get it.
CLINIC: No. You all have to — he can bring you up here or whatever, but I have to hand the pills to you.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CALLER: Okay. All right. Well, do you know like if there’s anything else I could do? Like would you guys have to tell my parents if the pregnancy test was positive?
CLINIC: It’s going to go beyond that is what I’m telling you. I will have to tell the department of the state. I’d have to basically tell the state police that you’re pregnant.
CLINIC: Okay? We’re way past your parents if you’re 13 years old and pregnant.
CALLER: Oh. Well, could anything happen to my parents?
CLINIC: I don’t know about that. Your parents will be notified. I know that. They would do an investigation, and your parents would be, you know, notified. Your parents would find out.
CALLER: Well, if I didn’t say anything about my boyfriend, could I come in and you wouldn’t get anybody in trouble?
CLINIC: Well, I can’t bend the law, okay? I cannot bend the law for you or anybody else. If you are 13 years old and pregnant, I have to report that.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: Okay? There’s no way around that.
CALLER: But if I wasn’t’ pregnant you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: What I really suggest you do is go get a home pregnancy test and try that first.
CALLER: Are those usually right though?
CLINIC: If you get a good one.
CALLER: What’s a good one?
CLINIC: One of the more expensive ones.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: Don’t get the little cheapie ones. Get the more expensive ones and go from that. If you get a negative, you come in here and you get on birth control immediately.
CALLER: Okay. Well, how much does birth control cost?
CLINIC: For you it won’t cost anything I’m sure.
CALLER: Okay. All right.
CLINIC: But I want you to realize and I want you to understand the law, okay? That if you are less than 14 years old it has to be reported. Okay?
CLINIC: And I want you to know that.
CALLER: Okay. Thanks.
CLINIC: All right. Bye bye.
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