Listen to the Call:
700 N. MAIN ST. # J
BLACKSBURG, VA 24060-3312
TAPE – 179
(dialing sound) (ringing 1X)
CLINIC: Good morning. Planned Parenthood. This is Donna. How can I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: We don’t do abortions at our clinic, but we do — they do perform abortions at the Roanoke clinic.
CLINIC: Would you like their number?
CLINIC: Okay. The clinic in Roanoke is 562-3457. And the area code is 540.
CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know if there’s like a specific age requirement for that? Because like I’ll be 14 in March.
CLINIC: Okay. There is an age requirement.
CLINIC: But to get a — can you hold on one second? I’m going to find out this information for you.
CLINIC: Can I get your first name?
CALLER: It’s Christine.
CLINIC: Christine. Hold on. (pause) Ma’am?
CLINIC: Okay. Because of your age, because you’re under 18, you have two options.
CLINIC: First option is if you’re going to have an abortion is to have one of your parents accompany you.
CALLER: Okay. Well, I can’t do that at all. Like, well, my boyfriend’s 22, and we’re planning on getting married, but they can’t find out because they hate him. They think he’s too old for me.
CLINIC: Okay. Well, the second option is something called judicial bypass. And to do that you have to go see a judge.
CLINIC: Are you in Montgomery County?
CALLER: I’m in Mountain Lake.
CLINIC: Well, I’m going to give you the number for the juvenile court in Montgomery County.
CLINIC: And if you can’t go through them, they’ll give you the number to the one that you can go through.
CLINIC: Okay? Okay, the number there, and then we know that the judges there are very supportive —
CALLER: Okay. Do I have to get a lawyer or anything?
CALLER: Oh, all right.
CLINIC: I don’t think so. But you can call them. They’ll give you all that information. Also the Roanoke clinic, because they actually do the procedures there, will have more information for you.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: Do you have the Roanoke clinic already, right?
CALLER: Uh-huh. Yeah.
CLINIC: Here’s the Montgomery County Juvenile Court phone number. Are you ready for it?
CLINIC: It’s 540-980-3822.
CALLER: Okay. Say that like — do you guys do like a pregnancy test there?
CLINIC: We do pregnancy tests here, yes.
CALLER: Okay. Would you have to tell my parents about that?
CALLER: Okay, so nobody has to know or anything?
CLINIC: No. You can come in and get a free pregnancy test. Are you already two weeks late with your period?
CALLER: Well, my last period was like the first week in December.
CLINIC: Yeah. So you can come here and get a pregnancy test and people will explain your options to you as far as, you know, if you want to terminate or have the baby or whatever.
CALLER: Okay. Is it all right if like my boyfriend brings me, because that’s the only way I’d be able to get there.
CLINIC: Definitely. (laughs) Yeah.
CALLER: And you guys wouldn’t have to ask about him or anything?
CLINIC: Oh, no, no. He can come in and sit in the office or whatever. It’s all about you, and we’re into confidentiality.
CALLER: Okay. Because he just doesn’t want to tell anybody about this, so.
CLINIC: That’s — it’s all up to you. It’s all your choices.
CLINIC: All we do is give you information.
CALLER: If like the pregnancy test was negative, do you guys do birth control there?
CLINIC: Yes, we do. And to get birth control you can ask the person — someone will talk to you no matter what happens with the results. They’ll give you the results, you’ll go to a room, and then they’ll say, you know — you can ask them all the questions. We do annual exams — to get birth control?
CLINIC: Which you probably want to consider anyways or you might want to consider — if you want to do that you can do that through our office. You have to get something called an annual exam which is a pelvic —
CALLER: Well, do my parents have to know anything about birth control?
CLINIC: They have to know nothing about anything.
CLINIC: Unless you tell them.
CALLER: So nobody will know?
CLINIC: No one will know unless you tell them.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: And you can get your pills here too.
CLINIC: Or the shot or whatever you choose to do.
CALLER: Okay. It’s just my boyfriend says he doesn’t want anybody to know, so.
CLINIC: Okay. Well, it’s up to you guys. We don’t call. We’re not going to call your parents or anything. We don’t — you know, you won’t go through insurance or anything.
CLINIC: So everything is just done here, and yeah. So if you have any further questions just go ahead and give us a call.
CLINIC: Okay? And you take care of yourself.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Okay. Bye bye.
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