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#448 – Planned Parenthood in Bryan, TX

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4112 E 29TH ST
BRYAN, TX 77802-4302

TAPE – 448

(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. This is Sara. Can I help you?

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

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: Okay. Well, how much does that cost?

CLINIC: How many weeks along?

CALLER: I’m not really sure. I just —

CLINIC: The first day of the last period?

CALLER: It was December 21st.

CLINIC: Okay. It will be $390 at this point.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know, like — do you know if I have to be — like, well, I’m going to be 14 in March, and my friend told me that you guys would have to tell my parents I’m getting an abortion. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he — is he old enough to take care of it and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: No. By law we have to at least notify your parents. They don’t have to give consent, but they have to be notified.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: Um-hum.

CALLER: I just — is there any way not to tell my parents? Because I don’t know what would happen if they found out. I mean, they can’t find out at all.

CLINIC: Basically by law, there’s really nothing else we could do. There is a thing called a judicial bypass. You have to go through the court system to do that. And it usually takes quite a while.

CALLER: Oh. Well, how much does that cost?

CLINIC: I don’t know. You’d have to call the courthouse and talk to hem about it.

CALLER: Oh, would they have to tell my parents?

CLINIC: No, that’s the whole reason.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: To call them is to not have to tell your parents.

CALLER: Okay. Well, does the judge ever say no or anything?

CLINIC: Actually, nobody’s ever tried it in this county before.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, could I come in there for a pregnancy test though?

CLINIC: Have you already taken one at home?

CALLER: No. I didn’t know if the ones that you could take at home were right.

CLINIC: Yes, they’re pretty dang accurate.



CALLER: Okay, well, could I come in there anyways and take one?


CALLER: I just don’t know — I just would rather have you guys do that.

CLINIC: Yes. Absolutely. Absolutely. And how old are you?


CLINIC: You’re 14 you said?

CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.

CLINIC: Okay. It would be, I believe, $10 to have that done.

CALLER: Okay. Well, me and my boyfriend talked about all this, and we decided that like he was going to pay for everything, but we don’t want anyone to know about us or anything. Would you guys ask any questions or anything?

CLINIC: By law we’re required to.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: Um-hum. By law. There’s nothing we can do besides follow the law.

CALLER: Oh. Would he get in trouble or anything?

CLINIC: There’s a possibility.

CALLER: Well, what could happen?

CLINIC: It just depends on what the court system would decide to do.

CALLER: Well, if I came in for a pregnancy test you would have to talk to the court?

CLINIC: Yes. We would have to call and report it to the Child Protective Services.

CALLER: Oh. Okay. Well, so like even if the pregnancy test came out that I wasn’t pregnant?

CLINIC: Correct.

CALLER: Oh. Okay.

CLINIC: If you just came in for a pregnancy test on your own and if you didn’t fill out like — basically you don’t really have to fill out too much paperwork when you come in for a pregnancy test. And if you just — it’s hard to explain to you, but whatever you write down is what we ask you about. If you don’t write it down we don’t ask you.

CALLER: Oh, okay. So if I came in without him and the pregnancy test said that I was not pregnant, could I get birth control?


CALLER: Would you guys have to tell anybody that I was on birth control though?


CALLER: Really?


CALLER: Okay. Okay. Well, so just when I’m signing stuff don’t tell everybody everything?

CLINIC: You know, I can’t really say that but I’ll just tell you that anything that you list we have to ask you about.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: Does that make sense?


CLINIC: Okay. And if you wanted to make an appointment, I could definitely do that for you.

CALLER: Oh, what time?

CLINIC: Our next appointment would be Wednesday.

CALLER: Okay, what time on Wednesday?

CLINIC: We have morning and afternoon.

CALLER: Afternoon would probably be better.

CLINIC: Okay. How about 3:30?

CALLER: Yeah, I guess.

CLINIC: And what’s your name?

CALLER: Christine.

CLINIC: And what’s your last name?

CALLER: Smith.

CLINIC: What’s your phone number?

CALLER: Well, do you guys really need that?

CLINIC: Just in case we need to reschedule. Is there a phone number that we could call in case, you know, like if somebody gets sick and we have to reschedule the appointment?

CALLER: Oh. Well, my boyfriend got a new cell phone. Could I give you that number?

CLINIC: That’s fine.

CALLER: Okay, well I don’t know it yet because he just got it, but can I give you that? Like can I call you back with that?

CLINIC: That’s fine.

CALLER: All right. Well, what was your name so that I can call you back?

CLINIC: This is Sara.

CALLER: Oh, okay.


CALLER: Was there anything else you needed?

CLINIC: I don’t think so. We’ll just see you Wednesday the 27th at 3:00 if for some reason I don’t talk to you again.

CALLER: All right.


CALLER: Thank you.

CLINIC: Uh-huh.


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