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LAKEWOOD PLANNED PARENTHOOD
10510 GRAVELLY LAKE DR. # 214
TACOMA, WA 98499-5038
TAPE – 617
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CLINIC: Good morning, Planned Parenthood. This is Beth.
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: At our Tacoma Clinic. And that number is 779-3900.
CALLER: Okay. I’m just worried. I’m going to be 14 this month, and 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 guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: Well, 22 is a little bit too old for a 14-year-old.
CALLER: What do you mean?
CLINIC: It’s against the law.
CLINIC: Because he’s an adult and you’re a minor.
CALLER: So would he get in trouble?
CALLER: Well, what kind of trouble?
CLINIC: Well, like I said, it’s against the law for that.
CALLER: Well, what could happen?
CLINIC: Well, I don’t know what would happen. He could be charged.
CALLER: For what?
CLINIC: Because you’re under age. You’re a child in the eyes of the court.
CALLER: I’ll be 14.
CLINIC: (Chuckles) You’re still a child in the eyes of the court. That’s how that is, and it would be against the law.
CALLER: Well, what can I do?
CLINIC: Well, you need to —
CALLER: I mean, I don’t want him to get in trouble.
CLINIC: Well, he should be.
CLINIC: Because he should be. Anyway, what you need to do is find out first — do you know if you’re pregnant?
CALLER: Well, not really. I just haven’t had my period since December 26th, and I’m just scared.
CLINIC: Well, what you need to do is come in for a pregnancy test first.
CALLER: But if I come in you would get my boyfriend in trouble?
CLINIC: I didn’t say that. I’m just telling you what could be repercussions of all this.
CLINIC: We’re giving pregnancy tests — you won’t be able to do it until Tuesday, Tuesday at 10:30 to 12:30 in the morning.
CALLER: Well, how much does it cost for that?
CLINIC: There’s no charge.
CALLER: Oh. But would you have to tell anybody if I was there for that?
CALLER: Oh, all right. Well, if I got the pregnancy test and I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control there?
CLINIC: Yes, you can.
CALLER: But would you have to tell anybody about that?
CALLER: Oh, okay. My parents can’t find out at all. They know me and my boyfriend —
CLINIC: He is an adult and you are a minor. Like I said, it’s against the law.
CALLER: Well, would you have to tell my parents?
CLINIC: No. I’m telling you.
CALLER: What should I do then?
CLINIC: Well, I can’t tell you what to do. I would recommend that you come in for a pregnancy test if you’re concerned about being pregnant.
CALLER: But would anyone get in trouble if I was there though?
CALLER: All right. Okay. But if it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant I could get birth control and nobody would have to know anything?
CLINIC: That’s correct.
CALLER: All right.
CALLER: Do you think it’s possible that I’m not pregnant though?
CLINIC: Well, I have no idea. I’d have to have you tested first.
CALLER: Oh, all right.
CLINIC: So if you can try to come in next week we’ll give you a free pregnancy test, and we’ll go from there and see what happens.
CLINIC: All righty.
CLINIC: Bye bye.