Listen to the Call:
HYDE PARK, VT 05655
TAPE – 637
(dialing sound) (ringing 2X)
CLINIC: Good morning. Planned Parenthood. Can I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: We don’t, no.
CLINIC: If you wanted to go through Planned Parenthood, they’re done at the Burlington and Barre clinics.
CALLER: Well, do you have a the number for those?
CLINIC: Both of them? Or did you want one in particular?
CALLER: Just the one in Burlington, I guess.
CALLER: All right. Well, do you like if they have to — it’s just the thing is, I’m going to be 14 later on this month and my friend told me that you guys would have to tell my parents.
CLINIC: No. Nobody has to know.
CALLER: But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he sign whatever it is?
CLINIC: He doesn’t need to sign anything. It’s totally up to you.
CALLER: Oh, really?
CALLER: Okay. Well, could I come in there for a pregnancy test though?
CALLER: I’m just scared because I haven’t had my period since like January 3, and I’m just really worried.
CLINIC: Okay. So let me put you on hold for just a moment, okay?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Then I can find an appointment for you. Okay?
CALLER: Well, do you know if the pregnancy test came out that I wasn’t pregnant if you guys do birth control there?
CLINIC: We do do birth control here, yes.
CALLER: Oh. But would you have to tell my parents about that?
CALLER: Okay. So you wouldn’t have to tell anybody if I was there about anything?
CALLER: Okay. It’s just me and my boyfriend were talking about all this, and we don’t want a whole bunch of people to know about us, so.
CALLER: So if he was paying for everything would he have to sign anything though?
CLINIC: He doesn’t have to sign anything, and there’s — you know, definitely some issues there with how much difference there is your ages.
CALLER: What do you mean?
CLINIC: There’s quite a difference in your ages.
CALLER: Okay. Well, what do you mean? Like is that bad?
CLINIC: It can be. Sure. I mean, we’d, you know, certainly — it’s preferable that there not be such an age gap.
CALLER: Oh. Well, what does that mean? I don’t understand.
CLINIC: Yeah. Well, there’s different laws concerning minors and, and legally how old the person is that they can be.
CALLER: Okay. I don’t understand what you mean. What do you mean?
CLINIC: It’s actually really hard to explain but basically legally you know, the law states that for someone to go out with someone that is a minor under a certain age there can’t be a certain number of years between the two of them.
CALLER: Well, could something happen?
CLINIC: You know, I don’t actually know.
CALLER: Oh. Well, are you going to have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: If you let us know, yes.
CALLER: Oh, okay. So okay.
CALLER: Well, if he was there — well, what should I do?
CLINIC: You just need to really be aware and you need to be aware of what information you’re giving out.
CALLER: Well, would it be bad if he was there with me? Because he was going to pay for everything.
CLINIC: No, not if — I mean, we can’t guess someone’s age by the way they look.
CLINIC: Okay? But that also too, those laws are there for a reason, so you need to be aware of that, and you really need to think about it.
CALLER: Well, if I come in for a –
CLINIC: (unclear) really valid.
CALLER: All right. Well, if I come in for a pregnancy test, what time do you normally do those?
CLINIC: Let’s see what we have available. On Wednesday is the walk-in clinic is between 2 and 5, and that’s only on a Wednesday. So let me tell you what we have available today if you wanted to come in today.
CLINIC: I have any time between 2:50 and 3:30 available. I have a 4:10 or a 4:20, and those would be the only appointments available today.
CALLER: Okay. I have to call my boyfriend to see. Can I call you back? What was your name?
CLINIC: My name is Pamela. I’m the only one answering the phone.
CALLER: Oh, all right.
CALLER: Okay, thanks.
CLINIC: Sure. Bye bye.