Listen to the Call:
208 N. 3RD AVE
YAKIMA, WA 98902-2688
TAPE – 621
(dialing sound) (ringing 2X)
CLINIC: Good afternoon. Planned Parenthood.
CALLER: Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there?
CLINIC: No, we do not.
CALLER: Oh. Well, do you know of anybody that does?
CLINIC: Here in Yakima Valley?
CLINIC: Have you had a pregnancy test that was done at a clinic yet?
CLINIC: Do you have proof of pregnancy?
CALLER: Well, I just haven’t had my period since like December 26. So I’m just worried about it.
CLINIC: Okay. There is a clinic here. There’s other providers, but you do need referrals for that in order for you to go in to have that done — if you are pregnant. But we can schedule an appointment for a pregnancy test if you’d like.
CALLER: Well, if I wasn’t pregnant could I get birth control there?
CLINIC: You sure can.
CALLER: Okay. But would you have to — it’s just, the thing is —
CLINIC: We would do the pregnancy test first.
CALLER: The thing is, I’m going to be 14 next 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 everything and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: We don’t — we are Planned Parenthood. We are strictly confidential. We don’t tell your parents.
CLINIC: Unless you want us to, but we don’t. Like say for instance your mom called to say, well my daughter was in there you know. I’m sorry. We can’t — you know. If she says, you know, can you look, or whatever, we cannot. We won’t tell anybody anything unless we have something in writing from you.
CLINIC: Okaying us, saying you can tell Dr. So and So what was done at my visit here with us. But unless we have written consent from you, we do not give any information out to anyone.
CALLER: Okay. It’s just me and my boyfriend were talking about all this, and he said that he was going to pay for everything, but we just don’t want anyone to know about us. So like if he was paying for it would he have to sign anything?
CLINIC: Being that we don’t do the abortions here, we have — and being that you’re pregnant and you need, you want to have an abortion, we can give you referrals for like medical coupons.
CLINIC: And the medical coupon would pay for that service so your boyfriend wouldn’t have to pay for it. The state would.
CLINIC: So —
CALLER: But would the state have to, would the state know and have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: No. Not at all.
CLINIC: No. Your parents don’t find out about that. Of course, when you come in if you do qualify for medical coupons then if you don’t — they’ll probably send them to you in the mail so one think you would want to remember is, don’t put the address, your home parents address. Put your boyfriend’s address.
CLINIC: That way they go to his house and not to your house.
CLINIC: And you’re 14?
CALLER: I’ll be 14 on the 9th.
CLINIC: Okay. We do have Teen Clinic today. We see 19 and younger every Friday between 1 and 5. You’re more than welcome to come in today on a walk-in basis, and we can do a pregnancy test and then give you any referral or numbers that you may need for whatever choice you decide.
CLINIC: And we are strictly confidential. Let me mention that again.
CALLER: Okay. If it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant and I was on birth control — it’s just the thing is I’m not old enough to drive yet. Could my boyfriend pick up the pills?
CLINIC: When you come in, you fill out a form, and then on the form it asks you, an alternate person like say for instance you can’t come in, you want to put him on there to pick up pills for you, then if you put it on there then, yes, he can come.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: We’re here between 1 and 5. And the sooner you get here the better it is because sometimes we get busy but sometimes we’re not. But the sooner that you can get here to be seen we’ll be able to see you for whatever visit you have today.
CALLER: I just wish I could talk to my mom like I talk to you.
CLINIC: Ohh. I’m sorry. You know, I wish you could. You know, it’s hard I know. Parents just can’t understand. But I don’t know. But you know, if you ever have any questions whether you come here or not in the future, you’re more than welcome to call and we always have counselors that are — we’re always willing to help even if you wanted a phone number for Safeway we’d be able to give that to you. We don’t — you know. You know, don’t — if you ever feel that you need to speak to someone you can always call and talk to someone here. You don’t even need to come in person. You can call on the phone.
CALLER: Could I call and talk to you if I thought of anything else?
CLINIC: Oh, sure.
CALLER: What was your name?
CLINIC: My name is Adella.a
CALLER: All right. Thanks.
CLINIC: Okay? You’re welcome.
CLINIC: Bye bye.