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#431 – Planned Parenthood in Lufkin, TX

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LUFKIN, TX 75904-3306

TAPE – 431

(dialing sounds) (ringing 1X)

RECORDING: You’ve reached Planned Parenthood. If you know your party’s extension you may dial it now. (dial sound) One moment please. (ringing 1X)

CLINIC: This is Dianna. May I help you?

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

CLINIC: We don’t here. I can give you the number, toll-free number to our Houston clinic.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Do you want that?

CALLER: Yes, please.

CLINIC: Okay. It’s 1-800-831-6538.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know — like, I’m just worried because like I’m going to be 14 in March, and my friend said that they would have to tell my parents I was getting an abortion. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just sign whatever it is?

CLINIC: No. Your boyfriend can’t. They’ll go over it. No, he can’t, sweetie. It would have to be a legal guardian. It’s a Texas state law now. But when you call them they can explain. There ways around that, and they’ll go over all that with you on the phone.

CALLER: What kind of ways?

CLINIC: I’ll let them explain it to you, because they’re more familiar with it than I am. I mean, there’s — it’s a judicial bypass that you can get. But I don’t really know how to explain it to you because we don’t deal with it here. But your boyfriend will not be allowed to sign for you. He’s not your legal guardian.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: If you were married, it would be different, but be sure — when you call, be sure and tell them because — yeah, like I said, you could do a judicial bypass, but — and they do all that there. They are real familiar with it. So when you call, ask them, and they’ll give you all that information.

CALLER: Okay. Well, could i come in there for a pregnancy test though?

CLINIC: Have you not confirmed the pregnancy?


CLINIC: Oh, yeah, you need to do that first.

CALLER: I’m just really worried, because like I haven’t had my period for awhile.

CLINIC: Well, yeah, you need to come in and confirm the pregnancy, to see if you’re even pregnant, because you might not be pregnant. Have you been here before?

CALLER: Huh? No.

CLINIC: Have you been here before? Okay. Did you want to come in today and just do the pregnancy test?

CALLER: Well, I don’t know. I’d have to call my boyfriend, but I think so.

CLINIC: Okay. Why don’t you call? We’re open until 4:30. So even if you can get here like about 4:00 or 4:15 we can do the pregnancy test.

CALLER: Okay. Well, would you have to tell anybody about the pregnancy test?

CLINIC: No. No, baby. We don’t tell anybody. That’s up to you. Everything is confidential when you come in.

CALLER: Well —

CLINIC: I know with the abortion it’s different, but as far as coming here whether you’re coming for a pregnancy test, birth control, whatever you’re coming for, everything is confidential. We can give no information to anybody but you without your permission.

CALLER: Oh. So I could be on birth control if I wasn’t pregnant?

CLINIC: Certainly.

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

CLINIC: No. We can’t tell anybody. We will not tell anybody.

CALLER: Would it be all right if my boyfriend brings me though?

CLINIC: Oh, sure. Anybody can bring you.

CALLER: Okay. It’s just — would he have to sign anything? He just doesn’t want anyone to know.

CLINIC: No, no. You sign everything. No, he can’t sign anything. You have to sign everything.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay? It’s no problem at all. Now today if you’re coming around 4:00 or 4:15 all we’ll be able to do the pregnancy test. So if it’s negative we’d have to have you come back in to get birth control. But if you can get here before then, depending on what time you get here, we might be able to do everything.


CLINIC: But it’s not problem. No matter who brings you —

CALLER: It will be better to come like around 2:00 then?

CLINIC: If you can come around 2:00 that would be great, but why don’t you call us back and let us know so we can put you down if you’re going to come in and maybe do the full exam? Okay?

CALLER: But if I came in at 2:00 you think that if I wasn’t pregnant I could get birth control today?

CLINIC: Yes. That would be no problem. If you want to do that, come in about 2:00 and we’ll do everything.

CALLER: All right.


CALLER: Thank you.

CLINIC: We’ll see you then. Bye bye.

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