Listen to the Call:
522 GRAND CENTRAL AVE
VIENNA, WV 26105-2169
TAPE – 181
(dialing sound) (ringing 1X)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. This is Sharon. How can I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: No, we do not.
CALLER: Do you know where I should call for that?
CLINIC: Where are you calling from?
CALLER: I’m in St. Mary’s.
CLINIC: Okay. The closest place would be in Charleston, West Virginia.
CLINIC: And there’s two clinics down there. One of them is called Women’s Health Center, and it’s 1-800-642-8670. And then the (Canollis?) Surgi-Center is 1-800-642-1011.
CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know — like my friend said that you guys have to tell my parents before I can have an abortion. Is that true?
CLINIC: How old are you?
CALLER: Well, I’ll be 14 in March.
CLINIC: Okay. Hold on just a second, okay?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Okay. Sorry about that. Okay, you’re only 13 right now?
CLINIC: Okay. You do either have which one of the centers — okay, the Canollis SurgiCenter or the Women’s Health Center they have some it where you can go in and talk to a doctor, and they can give you a waiver letter if they feel that you are capable of making this decision.
CLINIC: And you wouldn’t have to have parental consent.
CLINIC: Or you can come in here and —
CALLER: How do I know that?
CLINIC: Well, you don’t until after the doctor talks with you.
CLINIC: Or you can come in here, and our nurse can talk with you. Now the only thing is, if you come in here you have to go to Canollis SurgiCenter.
CALLER: Oh. Okay.
CLINIC: Okay? And what we can do is, you can come in, talk with our nurse. The office visit is $24.
CLINIC: And then there would be an $8 fee for your pregnancy test.
CALLER: Is it okay if like my boyfriend brings me?
CLINIC: Yeah. That would be fine.
CALLER: Because —
CLINIC: Everything here is strictly confidential.
CLINIC: You don’t have to have parental consent. This would be basically just to come in and talk to the nurse, and she would do your waiver letter if she feels that you are capable of making the decision about the abortion on your end.
CALLER: Does she ever say no or anything?
CLINIC: As far as I know, she hasn’t to anybody.
CLINIC: But you know, she makes a judgment after talking to you about the pregnancy and everything.
CLINIC: Or the other option is to tel one of your parents.
CALLER: Oh, I can’t tell my parents because like — well, my — the problem is they hate my boyfriend. Like, he’s 22, and we’re in love and we’re going to get married, but they hate him because they think he’s too old for me, so they can’t find out.
CLINIC: Okay. I don’t have a nurse in until Tuesday.
CALLER: Okay. But you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody at all?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: What time do you get out of school?
CALLER: I’m homeschooled.
CLINIC: Okay. Our nurse is in between noon and 5:00.
CLINIC: Could you get in anytime between those times?
CALLER: Yeah. I’d have to call him and see when he could bring me, but, yeah.
CLINIC: Okay, and then just give us a call back and we’ll get you scheduled in for Tuesday.
CALLER: Well, do you guys — like my other question is, do you guys do birth control there?
CLINIC: Yes, we do, but they couldn’t — they will also if you want to they’ll start you on that after your procedure.
CALLER: Oh. But does anybody have to know about birth control?
CLINIC: No. Everything’s strictly confidential.
CLINIC: So just give me a call back, and we’ll get you scheduled in.
CLINIC: Umm, bye.
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