Listen to the Call:
2817 WHEATON WAY #211
BREMERTON, WA 98310-3440
TAPE – 597
(dialing sounds) (ringing 1X)
RECORDING: Thank you for calling the Bremerton Planned Parenthood. (dial sound) Please hold for the operator. (ringing 1X)
CLINIC: Bremerton Planned Parenthood. How can I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: Yes, we do.
CALLER: Oh. Well, how much does that cost?
CLINIC: Based on your income.
CALLER: Oh. Well, it’s just the thing is, I’m going to be 14 next month. And I don’t have a job.
CLINIC: Okay. So if you don’t have any income, it’s $347.
CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know — I’m just worried because like my friend told me that you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of it and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody? Because he said he was actually going to take, like pay for everything, so.
CLINIC: Actually when you divulge that information when you willingly divulge that kind of information, then yes we do a report.
CALLER: What? What do you mean?
CLINIC: Well you’re telling us that you are underage and that you have a boyfriend that’s older than you.
CALLER: Oh. What should I do then?
CLINIC: Well, I guess you have a couple of different options.
CALLER: Like what?
CLINIC: I’m going to put you on hold for just a second, okay?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: What you need to do is — because once you disclose to us — we don’t know your name or anything.
CLINIC: But once you disclose to us we do have to report. So what you need to do is call back on another day and don’t disclose that information to us because by law we have to report it, okay?
CLINIC: So you don’t have to tell us how old your boyfriend is. We don’t care. If it’s consensual sex, we don’t care. So you just need to pretend like you didn’t call today.
CALLER: Well, could I ask you real quick? Like I’m just worried because I haven’t had my period since like December 26, and I’m scared.
CLINIC: Okay. Have you had a pregnancy test yet?
CLINIC: Okay. So you need to come in for a free pregnancy test. Can you come tomorrow?
CALLER: I think so.
CALLER: I have to call my boyfriend to see, but, yeah.
CLINIC: Okay. Yeah, so what you want to do is, you know, is to not disclose the information about that.
CLINIC: And we won’t ask you.
CALLER: The thing is, I can’t drive, and he’d be the only way I could get there. What should I do?
CLINIC: Hmm. Well, that’s a little tougher because, you know, in this state of Washington it’s illegal for him to be having sex with you. You understand that, don’t you?
CALLER: Well, no. I mean, we’re in love. We’re going to get married.
CLINIC: Okay. Okay. Well, the unfortunate thing is in this state that’s how the law works. You know what I’m saying?
CLINIC: Yeah. So that makes it a little tougher because it’s not just Planned Parenthood that has to report. It’s everywhere.
CLINIC: So it wouldn’t matter where you went.
CALLER: Well, would it be better if he just didn’t — like if he dropped me off?
CLINIC: Yep. Yep. If he just didn’t come.
CALLER: Oh. Okay.
CALLER: So you wouldn’t need him to sign anything? Like he said he was going to pay for everything, but would he have to sign for anything if he was paying for it?
CLINIC: Well, if he pays cash he could just give you the money.
CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, how much would it be? You said the pregnancy test didn’t cost anything?
CLINIC: No. So just come in for that, and then we can kind of help.
CLINIC: But —
CALLER: Well, if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control though?
CLINIC: Yes, you could.
CALLER: Okay. It’s just I don’t want to have to worry about all this again, so.
CLINIC: Right. No, I understand. I totally understand.
CALLER: But would you have to tell anybody if I was on birth control though?
CLINIC: No. You can be on birth control confidentially.
CLINIC: But you don’t want to disclose your boyfriend’s age at that point either because it doesn’t matter where you go; if your boyfriend is more than six years older than you are it is against the law in this state.
CLINIC: If you’re underage. So I’m just giving you that heads up.
CLINIC: Okay? So it wouldn’t matter where you went, if they knew how old he was it would have to be reported to CPS.
CALLER: Well, I just have so many questions.
CLINIC: I know.
CALLER: If I thought of anything else, could I call and talk to you? What’s your name?
CLINIC: My name is Sherry.
CALLER: Okay. All right.
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