Listen to the Call:
4671 SOUTHMOST RD.
BROWNSVILLE, TX 78521-8025
TAPE – 465
(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. May I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: No, ma’am, we don’t.
CALLER: Well, do you know anybody that does?
CLINIC: That’s in Harlingen. Reproductive Services in Harlingen.
CALLER: Do you have that number?
CLINIC: Yes. Let me see. When was your last period?
CALLER: It was December 21st.
CLINIC: You already had a pregnancy test?
CALLER: I’m just really worried because I haven’t had my period for awhile.
CLINIC: You need to have a pregnancy test done before they want to give you an appointment or take you there.
CALLER: Oh. Well, could I come in there and get one?
CLINIC: Yeah, you can come here, or you can go to the one behind Walmart. Did you want to come in today, or what?
CALLER: Well, I don’t know. I have to call my boyfriend to see. He’d be —
CLINIC: Okay. Because they close at 6:00. That’s the one 370 Old Port Isabel right behind Walmart’s.
CALLER: Do you know — like I’m just worried because like — well I’m going to be 14 in March. And my friend told me that they would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just sign whatever it is and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: No. Not for an abortion, no, ma’am. It’s the law. Your parents have to be involved.
CALLER: Oh. Well, is there any way not to tell them?
CLINIC: No, ma’am.
CLINIC: Well, the only way would be like for you to go through a court, through a judge and everything, you know, and that takes a lot of time. So.
CALLER: Well, could I come into your place and get a pregnancy test?
CLINIC: Yeah. You can come. You can get a pregnancy test done, find out if you’re pregnant first before you even — you know, before doing anything else.
CALLER: Okay. Well —
CLINIC: You find that out first before, you know. And like I say, if you wanted to have it done today you can go to the one behind Walmart. They close at 6:00, so you still have plenty of time. We close at 5:00, so you probably won’t get over here. But if your last period was December —
CALLER: Are you guys open tomorrow though?
CLINIC: Yeah, we open tomorrow at 11:00.
CALLER: At 11?
CLINIC: Yes, ma’am. Your last period was December 21st. We’re right now February the 20th. That makes you about 10 weeks. So the sooner the better you find out because you’re getting close to that limit.
CALLER: Well, is it all right if my boyfriend brings me? I mean, that would be the only way I could get there.
CLINIC: Well, for a pregnancy test it’s fine. That we don’t involve parents or anything. Just in case you come back positive and you do want to go through the termination, then that’s where you need a parent’s consent. Not for a pregnancy test.
CALLER: It’s just me and my boyfriend were talking about it, and we don’t want anyone to know about us. So would you — like he was going to pay for everything, but he didn’t want to sign anything. Would he have to like —
CLINIC: Not for the pregnancy test, like I say.
CLINIC: The abortion, yes. The abortion you need your parents’ consent. So they’re the ones that would take care of that.
CALLER: Well, if it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant, do you guys do birth control there?
CLINIC: Yes, ma’am, we do.
CALLER: Well, would you have to tell anybody that I was on birth control though?
CLINIC: No, ma’am, no. All of this is confidential.
CLINIC: When you come in you sign some papers, of course, like a consent form and everything. And everything that’s said or whatever, everything is confidential. So you don’t worry about none of that. It’s just in case you do have to go to Reproductive Services well then they’ll let you know there whatever you need because of your age.
CALLER: Okay. Well, is it okay if — like I have, if I had any other questions that I can’t think of right now could I call and talk to you? What was your name?
CLINIC: My name is Gracie, honey.
CALLER: Oh, all right.
CLINIC: You can talk to me, no problem, or anybody that’s here to help you. That’s what we’re here for. Okay?
CALLER: Thank you.
CLINIC: So if you want to come here, that’s fine. I thought you wanted to come in today. That’s why I was telling you, you know, they close over there. But you’re more than welcome wherever you want to go to, and if you want to come here we open tomorrow 11;00 to 8:00 at night.
CALLER: Will you be there tomorrow?
CLINIC: Yes, ma’am. I’ll be here 11:00 to 8:00.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Thank you, honey.
CLINIC: Bye bye.
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