Listen to the Call:
3315 GULF FWY
DICKINSON, TX 77539-4116
TAPE – 447
(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)
CLINIC: Good afternoon. Planned Parenthood.
CALLER: Hi. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: No, ma’am. Do you have (unclear) Houston, Galviston?
CALLER: I live in Dixon or Dickenson.
CLINIC: Okay, let me give you that number for that place, okay?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: It’s the one in Denton, Houston, and it’s 713-535-2400.
CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know like — I’m just worried because like my friend told me —
CLINIC: Hold on one second for me, please. Okay? Don’t hang up. Hold on. (pause) Thank you for hold. What was the —
CALLER: Well, I’m just worried because my friend told me that since like I’m going to be 14 in March she said that they would have to tell my parents.
CLINIC: That’s right.
CALLER: But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just — is he old enough to care of it and —
CALLER: — they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: No. No, they would have to tell your parents.
CALLER: Well, would there be any way not to have to tell my parents?
CLINIC: No. No, because of your age.
CALLER: Oh. Well, but I can’t tell them at all. I mean, I don’t know what they would do if they found out.
CLINIC: Yeah. But you know, you understand that’s it because of the law they have to report it to your parents.
CALLER: Well, so there’s no way not to tell my parents at all?
CLINIC: Um-hum. You already know you’re pregnant?
CALLER: Well, not really. I’m just scared because I haven’t had my period since like December 21st.
CLINIC: Have you had a home pregnancy test or anything like that?
CALLER: No. But could I come in there for a pregnancy test though?
CLINIC: Yeah, you can come in over here for a pregnancy. It’s only be like $25.
CALLER: Oh. Would you have to tell my parents though?
CLINIC: For a pregnancy test?
CLINIC: No. No. Let me find out about that. How old are you?
CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March. I’m 13 right now.
CLINIC: Okay. Hold on one second, okay? (pause) Okay, thank you for holding. Okay. They say yes.
CALLER: They said they would have to tell if I was getting a pregnancy test?
CLINIC: No. Not your parents, but they’re going to have to report it to CPS.
CALLER: Oh. Well, who is that?
CLINIC: Child protective service.
CALLER: Well, what would happen?
CLINIC: Because you’re 13 years old they have to report it that you’re, you know, sexually active and all that.
CALLER: Well, could I get in trouble?
CLINIC: Yes, ma’am.
CALLER: Well, what would happen?
CLINIC: They have to report it, so I know CPS going to call your parents and all that kind of stuff and try to talk to your parents and see what’s going on.
CALLER: But they can’t tell my parents. I mean —
CLINIC: I know what you’re saying, but you know that’s the way it goes. I know you don’t want them to find out or whatever. What I can tell you, maybe just go ahead and go to the pharmacy, get you one of those home pregnancy tests and see.
CALLER: Would they have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: Just buy it or go to K-Mart, WalMart and get you one of those over-the-counter pregnancy tests and just do it yourself, just follow the instructions.
CALLER: Well, after that, like if I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control there?
CLINIC: You can, but you have to wait until you’re 14 because we still have to report it to CPS if you come now.
CLINIC: Just make sure you wait until you’re 14. So you’re going to have sex, make suer you use condoms.
CALLER: But, well — you’ve just — thanks. What was your name?
CALLER: You’re just so nice. I don’t know what — if I had any other questions, could I call and talk to you?
CALLER: What was your name?
CLINIC: All right then. Bye bye.
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