Listen to the Call:
2138 LANGHORNE RD.
LYNCHBURG, VA 24501-1424
TAPE – 180
(dialing sound) (ringing 1X)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. This is Charlotte. How can I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: No, honey. At our Charlottesville and Roanoke office.
CLINIC: Would you like their numbers?
CALLER: Yes, please.
CLINIC: Okay. Roanoke is area code 540-562-3457.
CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know if they have to — like is there like an age requirement for that or anything? Like I’ll be 14 in March.
CLINIC: Is there a what, honey?
CALLER: Is there like an age requirement to have an abortion?
CLINIC: Is there an age?
CLINIC: Yeah. 18 and over you don’t need permission.
CLINIC: Under 18 you need a parent.
CALLER: Oh. Is there any way not to tell my parents?
CLINIC: No. Absolutely not.
CALLER: Because like my parents can’t find out at all.
CLINIC: I’m sorry. Absolutely not. I’m sorry. You have to tell them if you’re thinking of having an abortion.
CALLER: Okay. Well –
CLINIC: That is the law.
CLINIC: Okay? No one will do an abortion on you without a parent. Absolutely no one.
CALLER: And there’s no way to get around it at all?
CLINIC: Absolutely no one.
CLINIC: — will do an abortion under 18. Absolutely. It is a law, and each abortion facility are following it very carefully, by the book. So if it’s your parents who is with you, there is identification and proof. Yeah. There’s a lot that you have to do if you’re underage.
CALLER: Like my boyfriend doesn’t want anybody to know.
CLINIC: What did I just tell you, honey?
CALLER: Well, I know, but what can I do? I can’t tell them.
CLINIC: I just told you. There is absolutely no way you can get around having an abortion and being underage.
CALLER: Okay. Well, what if like — all right. Okay. Thanks.
CLINIC: What’s that, honey?
CALLER: Well, I was wondering if like — well, what if I wasn’t pregnant? Do you guys like — like you have the pregnancy tests there?
CLINIC: We do do pregnancy tests.
CALLER: Do you have to tell — like do my parents have to know about that?
CLINIC: Not for a pregnancy test, no.
CALLER: Okay. So it’s all right. Like, well, after the pregnancy test if like I wasn’t pregnant do you guys do birth control or anything?
CLINIC: Yes, we do do birth control.
CALLER: Would it be all right like if my boyfriend paid for it?
CLINIC: We don’t have to tell your parents about that.
CALLER: Well, is it all right if my boyfriend pays for it and everything?
CLINIC: That will be fine.
CALLER: Because like he’s got a job and he’s 22. He said he would take care of everything.
CLINIC: How old are you?
CALLER: I’ll be 14 in March.
CLINIC: Okay. How old is he?
CALLER: He’s 22.
CLINIC: Okay. Our clinic hours on Tuesdays from 9:00 to 3:00, on Thursdays from 9:00 to 7:00. You need an appointment.
CALLER: Okay. Well, I’d have to call him to see if he –
CLINIC: (unclear) Okay?
CLINIC: Okay, dear.
CALLER: But no one has to know about like birth control or the pregnancy test?
CLINIC: No one has to know about that. Now the age issue between you and him, legally he could be prosecuted. You are way underage.
CALLER: What? I don’t — what could happen?
CLINIC: He is 22 years old.
CALLER: Yeah, but we’re in love. We’re going to get married.
CLINIC: I’m not going to debate that. I am only tell you, okay? It isn’t my business. I can see you but if anybody else finds out he can be charged.
CALLER: Well, what would happen to him?
CLINIC: You need — I can’t answer that. He is overage, and you’re underage.
CALLER: Well, what should I do?
CLINIC: I don’t know.
CALLER: He’s got to drive me. He’s the only one that could take me.
CLINIC: Okay. I mean, I can see you. I’m telling you. I can see you. I am only telling you, you are underage. He is an adult.
CLINIC: He could be charged.
CLINIC: Not by us. I don’t interfere in that. I am telling you if your parents ever find out or anything, he could be charged. You are a minor.
CLINIC: He is an adult. Okay?
CLINIC: So I’m just telling you that, all right?
CALLER: Okay. Thanks.
CLINIC: Anything else?
CALLER: No. That’s it.
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