Listen to the Call:
55 S MAIN ST
WATERBURY, VT 5676-1505
TAPE – 604
(Dialing, phone ringing 2x)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. This is Jennifer.
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see — well, do you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: We don’t at the Waterbury site, but we do at Planned Parenthood. We do it for example in Barre and in Burlington.
CALLER: Okay. Well, do you have the number for the Burlington one?
CLINIC: Sure. Burlington is 802-863-6326.
CALLER: All right. I’m just worried. I’ll be 14 next month, and my friend told me that you guys would have to tell my parents.
CLINIC: That’s not true.
CALLER: But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of it?
CLINIC: It’s not true that we have to tell your parents.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, would you have to tell anyone else besides my parents?
CLINIC: We wouldn’t have to tell anybody.
CALLER: Oh, okay. All right. We were talking about all this, and we just don’t want a whole bunch of people to know about us.
CLINIC: Yeah. We don’t have to inform your parents, no.
CALLER: Okay. Well, if my boyfriend was paying for everything, would he have to sign anything?
CLINIC: We accept cash.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Would it be all right if I came in there to get a pregnancy test just to make sure?
CALLER: It’s just that I haven’t had my period since December 26th, and I’m just really worried.
CLINIC: We don’t happen to have appointments today. Are you calling from the Burlington area?
CALLER: I live in Jonesville.
CLINIC: Jonesville. Where the heck is Jonesville?
CALLER: It’s not very far from where you’re at. That’s why I have this number.
CLINIC: Right. I happen to know that — well, of course it’s something that you can get at a drug store. And I also happen to know that Barre does walk-in hours until 5.
CALLER: Oh, okay. But that’s kind of far.
CLINIC: Right. I’m just trying to think of your options.
CALLER: Well, what other days do you do pregnancy tests?
CLINIC: We’re open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
CALLER: I can come in Monday?
CLINIC: Sure. Let me look at the schedule. Hold on just one sec.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: The first appointment we have is on Wednesday at 3:45.
CLINIC: Do you want to do that?
CALLER: Well, I’d have to call my boyfriend to tell him.
CLINIC: Okay. Well, just call back.
CALLER: If it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control the same day?
CLINIC: Yeah, you can.
CALLER: Oh, really? But would anybody have to know if I was on birth control though?
CALLER: Oh. And you’re sure that no one would have to know about me and my boyfriend?
CLINIC: What you tell the practitioner about your boyfriend is up to you.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Should I not tell them then?
CLINIC: (Laughing) I’m just saying that we don’t inform your parents. I’m not really sure what you’re concerned about because we don’t —
CALLER: Well, we just don’t want a whole bunch of people to know about us. He doesn’t want us to get in trouble.
CLINIC: Right. I do believe that the Vermont law is that — the age of consent I think is 17 or 18. So like for example even if someone is 17 and their partner is 18, that’s still reportable as a statutory rape.
CALLER: What do you mean? I mean, he’s not raping me. We’re in love. We’re going to get married.
CLINIC: I was trying to explain to you what I think it is that you’re concerned about. And so it’s totally up to you what you want to talk to the practitioner about.
CALLER: What could happen?
CLINIC: It’s up to you what could happen is what I’m saying.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: If you feel it’s not a consensual relationship then you can talk about that to the doctor.
CALLER: Oh. But we love each other. We’re going to be together for the rest of our lives. I mean, he’s not doing anything bad.
CALLER: All right. So I could come in there and it would be okay?
CALLER: So you had Wednesday open at 3?
CLINIC: At quarter to 4.
CALLER: So let me call him.
CALLER: What was your name again?
CLINIC: Jennifer. I’m the only one here.
CALLER: Oh, okay. All right. So thanks.
CLINIC: You’re welcome.
CLINIC: Bye bye.