Listen to the Call:
2207 PETERS CREEK RD. NW
ROANOKE, VA 24017-1618
TAPE – 178
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RECORDING: Thank you for calling Planned Parenthood of the Blue Ridge. To place an order for pill pickup press 1. To speak to someone in the clinic, press 2. (dial sound) Please hold for the clinic. (music) (ringing 2X)
CLINIC: Thank you for calling Planned Parenthood. This is Wanda. How can I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: Yes, we do.
CALLER: You do?
CALLER: Do you have to be a specific age for that? Like I’ll be 14 in March.
CLINIC: You’ll be how old in March?
CLINIC: Okay. No, you don’t have to be a specific age, but being you’re a minor then your parents would have to sign the notification.
CALLER: They wouldn’t — is there any way not to do that, because like my parents can’t find out at all. Like my boyfriend’s 22, and we’re going to get married, but they hate him because they think he’s too old for me, and they just can’t find out at all.
CLINIC: Well, your boyfriend is 22 and you’re 13?
CALLER: Yeah. But I’ll be 14 in March.
CLINIC: But by the law, honey, that’s considered as being statutory rape.
CALLER: What? I don’t — what do you mean? I don’t understand.
CLINIC: Well, by you being underage 13, and he’s 22, then even though you do consensual sex with him then the law states that your mother can charge him with statutory rape.
CALLER: Well, is there any way not to — like is there any way not to let them find out?
CLINIC: Well, and you still could not get married to him without her consent because you’re underage.
CALLER: Well, we were going to wait to get married, but —
CLINIC: You still have to get her consent.
CALLER: Okay. Well, what can I do?
CLINIC: Well, if you — you can go to the court. Are you in a city or county?
CALLER: I’m in Boonsmill.
CLINIC: Okay. In Boonsmill?
CLINIC: Okay. You can call to the courthouse there and tell them you would like to get a judicial bypass.
CALLER: Okay. Do I need like a lawyer for that or anything?
CLINIC: No, uh-uh. Can you remember that?
CALLER: Judicial bypass?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Okay. Call them and tell them that you would like to come in for a judicial bypass. They will give you the instructions on what to do from there, when to come in, and what they need you to do.
CALLER: Okay. But then it would be all right and everything?
CLINIC: I’m sorry?
CALLER: Then it would be okay?
CLINIC: Well, the judge — you’d have to go before the judge.
CLINIC: Okay? And then the judge will give you — he will either grant it yes or grant it no.
CALLER: What if he says no? What do I do then?
CLINIC: If he says no then you just be in the position to where you’re going to have to let your parents know because you can’t get it done without them being notified.
CALLER: Okay. Well, I don’t — there’s nothing else you can do besides that at all?
CLINIC: No. Uh-uh. So those are the only two options that you have as of right now.
CALLER: Well, does he usually say no?
CLINIC: Well, they usually — well, it all just depends on what the case is, but a lot of times, you know, the judge will go ahead and grant it. But it all just depends on what the circumstances is. Now, you may have to tell him that your boyfriend is that age.
CALLER: Well, what — if like I didn’t tell him, do you think he’d say yes and it would be all okay?
CLINIC: Well, I mean, he may — well, I really —
CALLER: Does he have to know?
CLINIC: Well, I don’t know exactly what questions he will ask you. But he might ask you that about the age of the, you know, of the guy you’re involved with. And so then it may portray a problem for your boyfriend but —
CALLER: What could happen to him? What do you mean?
CLINIC: But just don’t worry about that part right now. Just the important thing is just to go ahead. Do you know how far along you are?
CALLER: Well, my last period was like the first week in December.
CLINIC: Okay. Well, let me see, okay?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Hold on. Let me see. (pause) Okay. Now, what was the first day of your last period? You said December?
CALLER: Yeah. Well, it was probably like the 5th.
CLINIC: Okay, December 5th.
CLINIC: Okay. Let’s see. Okay, December 5th, and today is the 15th. Okay. According to what you’re telling me if that is correct, okay, you are 10 weeks and about 3 days.
CLINIC: And we only do them up to 12 weeks.
CALLER: Oh. Okay.
CLINIC: Up to 12 weeks, and let me see what we would have open to that time. Let me see. Okay. We have the 22nd available.
CLINIC: Okay? The 22nd would put you at 11 weeks and 2 days.
CLINIC: If that is correct according to the information you’re giving me, okay?
CLINIC: Do you want me to put you down here to go ahead and schedule you because you can’t do it past 12 weeks here, but Chartlottsville do them up to 13 weeks.
CALLER: Well, I would — I don’t know. I have to call my boyfriend to see when he can get off work and ask him.
CLINIC: Okay. Really by you being so close, so far along in the weeks, then he really — I mean, you’re going to have to make the decision yourself when to schedule because —
CALLER: Well, he’s the only way that I’d get there.
CLINIC: So if he say well —
CALLER: And he’s the only one that could pay for it.
CLINIC: So if he say he can’t get off from work, then what are you going to do?
CALLER: Well, he just has to — he can get off work. He just has to ask for it.
CLINIC: See I only have two slots open, and they can fill up right after we hang up.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: You see? Because we have people calling in all the time, you know, just like you’re calling in. So you know, I could have somebody call in right after you do, and see I only have the two slots for the 22nd, and then see you can’t wait until —
CALLER: Okay, well, what are those slots?
CLINIC: Because you only have — I have two appointments that’s open for February the 22nd at 8:45 and then — but see if you wait any later that will put you too far.
CALLER: Okay. Well —
CLINIC: Because our next one we schedule would be on the 26th, and the 26th would put you past 12 weeks.
CALLER: Okay. Well, how much does it cost?
CLINIC: Okay. It’s $295. And then it would be an extra $75 if your blood type is negative.
CLINIC: So it would be about $370. It could cost $370.
CALLER: Okay. So like if he brings me in, do you guys have to tell anybody or anything?
CLINIC: No. Uh-huh. It’s strictly confidential.
CLINIC: No, we don’t tell anybody. The only way they find out is if you tell them.
CALLER: Okay. So you guys wouldn’t tell about him or anything, and he wouldn’t get in trouble or anything?
CLINIC: Well, no, that’s not up to us to do.
CALLER: Oh. Okay.
CLINIC: You know, that’s really not our call, but we have to let you know that by the law that is classified as statutory rape, and it could be some problems down the line.
CALLER: Oh, but you wouldn’t tell anybody or anything?
CLINIC: No, but we don’t — we just — when you come in to see us we treat you and strictly confidential.
CLINIC: So, but do you want to go ahead and schedule?
CALLER: Yeah. Well, I don’t — I guess.
CLINIC: See, it’s probably best to put your — to go ahead and schedule you because if you call back then the appointments may be taken.
CLINIC: And then we couldn’t schedule you until the 26th, but you would be too far then.
CALLER: Okay. Well, I guess go ahead and schedule me.
CLINIC: Okay. Now, are you at a phone to where you can write down some stuff?
CALLER: Well, I have a pen and paper.
CLINIC: Okay. First of all, I have to ask you some information. Do you have a few minutes?
CLINIC: Okay. Because I have to ask you some information so we can set you up a file when you come in. Okay?
CALLER: Okay. Well, like after the abortion could I come and get birth control too?
CLINIC: Yes, uh-huh.
CALLER: And you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody about that either?
CLINIC: Not getting birth control pills. You don’t have to. Your mom doesn’t have to sign. You don’t have to get consent for that.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: You can just come in and you will get an annual physical, okay? And then we can go ahead and give you birth control pills.
CALLER: But like, is it all right like if my boyfriend brings me and everything?
CLINIC: Yeah, um-hum.
CALLER: Okay. And you guys wouldn’t have to tell anything about him?a
CLINIC: No, uh-uh. No. He’s just — you would just come in. You know, we would just deal with you.
CLINIC: Because you want to get birth control pills, that’s okay.
CLINIC: And you can come in and get them and —
CALLER: All right. Oh. Can I call you back in just a sec? My friend’s mom is about to be here. I got to let you go.
CALLER: Okay. Bye.
CLINIC: Bye bye.
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