Listen to the Call:
408 W. KINGSMILL AVE. # 173 A
PAMPA, TX 79065-6343
TAPE – 472
(dialing sound) (ringing 2X)
CLINIC: Good morning, Planned Parenthood. This is Gloria. Can I help you?
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: We have a pamphlet that gives you the name and numbers of places that do, and you’d have to call and find out on that. But we don’t do them here. I’m sorry.
CALLER: Oh. Well, could I come in and get the pamphlet though?
CLINIC: Um-hum. Have you already got your positive pregnancy test?
CALLER: Well, no. I’m just really worried because I haven’t had my period since like December 21st and I’m scared.
CLINIC: Okay. Yeah. You’d have to come in first and get that pregnancy test. And as soon as we get that pregnancy test we can give you that stuff. Okay?
CALLER: Okay. Well, I’m just worried because like, well I’m going to be 14 in March, and my friend said that you guys would have to tell my parents that I’m there. But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just sign whatever it is and they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: No. You’re 13 years old.
CLINIC: Okay. Yeah, no. You’d have to — and this is one thing. I don’t know. It’s just the law that they have. Anybody who comes in under the age of 14 we have to report it, no matter what.
CALLER: Who do you have to report it to?
CLINIC: That I’d have to speak to my nurse practitioner for sure, but I think it’s someone in Lubbock.
CALLER: Well, would they have to tell my parents?
CLINIC: I don’t know. That’s a totally different thing from us.
CALLER: But even if I came in there just for a pamphlet would you have to calla them?
CLINIC: No. Not if you just came in for a pamphlet. I mean, I won’t know who you are. I won’t know — you know, your age or anything like that. But if we do a pregnancy test on you and it comes out positive, we’ve got to.
CALLER: Oh. Well, what if it was negative?
CLINIC: If it was negative we wouldn’t have to worry about it, but if you’re really worried about getting pregnant you need to get on birth control.
CALLER: Well, would you have to tell my parents I’m on birth control?
CLINIC: No. No, we wouldn’t have to tell your parents you’re on birth control. Now, let me tell you that the law that, the same law I’m telling you about right now the only thing is if it comes out, if you ever have like a positive test as far as like, let’s see, STD test that comes out positive or something, we have to tell them on that. We have to tell, not your parents, but we have to tell the law on that.
CALLER: Oh. Well, what could happen?
CLINIC: I don’t know. We’ve never had to do it, so I don’t know. I couldn’t honestly tell you.
CLINIC: But, yeah, if you’re going to want to do that though you need to come in, because if you need to get on birth control you need to do that soon because, I mean, if it comes out negative you need to get on something because you’re really young, and you won’t — I’m going to show you right now it will be hard for you to, you know, have a baby, especially at your age.
CALLER: Well, do you know, like I, it’s just the thing is I can’t drive or anything, but my boyfriend — would my boyfriend be able to pick up the pills if I was on birth control?
CLINIC: No. You’d have to come in and pick those up. Now, you can come in like have someone maybe a friend or something drop you off. And you can come in, just swing by and pick them up. Like I said, you have to get your exam before we can do anything as far as like birth control. Okay? So if you’re going to want to do that you do, like I said, need to come in soon and do that because the sooner that you get it done the less you have to worry about it.
CALLER: Well, would you have to tell anybody about my boyfriend or anything if I came in?
CLINIC: I don’t know. That’s something I’d have to ask the nurse practitioner to make sure, but as far as them being that age and you being under the age of 14 I don’t know. I don’t know.
CALLER: Would it better if I didn’t say anything?
CLINIC: Well, see, I don’t know why not. I don’t — I’m trying to tell you I honestly I don’t know. But as far as that, I mean you can come in and do whatever you got to do. And I don’t know what happens in the exam room. I’ve only been in there like for translating, and I don’t stay in for the exam, so I don’t know what all gets asked.
CALLER: Oh. Well, if I was pregnant would you guys have to tell my parents then?
CLINIC: No. You would tell your parents. But this is what I’m saying though. With you being under the age of 14, it’s the law that we would have to report it to the law. And I don’t know what they do from there.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Well, either come by here or —
CALLER: Well, is there any way of getting around not having to tell my parents?
CLINIC: I mean, here we don’t tell your parents, okay? I’ll tell you right now. We don’t talk to parents at all. But, you know, if they were to come out positive, or whatever, and you know the law does their own thing. I don’t know what they do from here. We don’t tell your parents. I know that for sure because our confidentiality. But I don’t know what the enforcement, law enforcements do. So. Okay?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: All righty then. So just give me a call back or come back, come in here and we can do that. Okay?
CALLER: Okay. What was your name again?
CLINIC: It’s Gloria.
CALLER: Okay, thanks.
CLINIC: Uh-huh. Bye bye.
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