Listen to the Call:
333 N. PETERS AVE.
FOND DU LAC, WI 54935-8257
TAPE – 393
(Dialing, phone ringing 1x)
CLINIC: Planned Parenthood Oconomowoc.
CALLER: Hi. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: Not here, not at this facility. Are you pregnant?
CALLER: Well, I’m not sure. I jus am real scared because I haven’t had my period since like December 14th. So I don’t know what to do.
CLINIC: Have you taken a home test?
CALLER: No. Are those usually right though?
CLINIC: Yeah. I would recommend you take a home test. Either that or come in here, we can test you. And then I can give you your options.
CLINIC: There is a charge though, and that’s why I recommended the home test first. Our pregnancy test and counseling is going to run around $45.
CALLER: Okay. Well, my boyfriend said he would pay for everything and take care of it.
CALLER: The problem is I’ll be 14 in March, and my friend said that you guys would have to tell on my boyfriend because he’s 22.
CLINIC: Yeah. Yeah. You’re 13 now?
CLINIC: Holy cow. Ummmm. Yeah, that’s reportable.
CALLER: Well, what could happen?
CLINIC: I don’t know. He could be in a lot of trouble.
CALLER: Well, I don’t want him to get in trouble. What can I do?
CLINIC: I know. Oh boy. (Sighing) First of all, you better do a home test.
CLINIC: Boy. This is a tough one. Because if you want to terminate the pregnancy if you are pregnant — where they do it is in Appleton, Planned Parenthood there. And I’ll tell you that so that at least you know where to call.
CALLER: Would they have to tell my parents that I was getting an abortion though?
CLINIC: No. We can’t tell your parents. But the problem is —
(Pause, Clinic speaking to someone else)
CLINIC: Hold on a minute, hon, okay?
CLINIC: Okay. You’re 13. You think you’re pregnant.
CLINIC: I’m going to tell you this up front. The minimum you’re going to pay for an abortion is $455.
CLINIC: But you’re under 18. If you don’t want your parents to know you’re going to have to get a judicial bypass, which means you’re going to have to make an appointment with the DA. Go to court.
CALLER: How much does that cost?
CLINIC: I don’t know. What I can do is I can give you the number to the abortion clinic up in Appleton, and they are wonderful ladies. They will tell you everything you need to know. Because it sounds like you’re pretty far along, so you’re looking at a pretty expensive procedure.
CALLER: Okay. Well, what’s the number for them?
CLINIC: Okay, hold on. It’s 1-888-844-5771.
CLINIC: And they’re nice. But you need to find out that you’re pregnant first. You haven’t taken a pregnancy test?
CALLER: No. I just didn’t know that they were right or not.
CLINIC: Well, what we do here, or what you do in the store, they’re just simple urine tests. And the ones in the store they are pretty accurate. What they’re doing is detecting that HCG hormone. And that’s the hormone that lets us know you’re pregnant. It won’t come up positive if you don’t have that in there. So they’re pretty reliable. If they tell you you’re pregnant, you’re pregnant, hon.
CALLER: Well, would I be able to come in with my boyfriend and get like a pregnancy test there though?
CLINIC: You could. You could.
CALLER: But would you have to say anything about him?
CLINIC: See, I don’t know because you are so young and he is old. He could get in trouble for that (chuckle).
CALLER: Well, if I took a home pregnancy test, if it came out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I come in there and get birth control? Because I don’t want to have to go through all this again.
CLINIC: Yeah. If you’re negative, by all means come on in and get birth control pills.
CALLER: But you guys wouldn’t have to tell anybody that I was on birth control though?
CLINIC: No. We’re not allowed to.
CALLER: Well, would you have to tell about my boyfriend?
CLINIC: That I’m not quite sure of. That I’m not quite sure of. I’m not sure.
CALLER: So would it just be better not to say anything about my boyfriend to you guys?
CLINIC: Well, we know now (laughing).
CLINIC: Hold on. Let me go back and ask a nurse real quick. Hold on.
CLINIC: Okay. Thanks for holding. You’re kind of in a sticky situation because you’re 13 and you’re sleeping with a 22-year-old.
CALLER: But we’re in love. We’re going to get married.
CLINIC: Right. And we’re not here to judge. But legally they would have to report that because it is technically statutory rape. Your pregnancy would be —
CALLER: I mean, he’s not raping me. We’re in love. We’re going to get married.
CLINIC: Right. But by the law, if anyone found out that you were — even if you were in love to the umpteenth degree, if the wrong person found out, it could be trouble. It could be trouble.
CALLER: But you’re not going to tell anybody now, are you?
CLINIC: Well, no.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: But if you came in we would have to. But now that leaves you in a bind. Because if you’re pregnant and you go up to the AB clinic, then they’re going to know, you know what I’m saying? I mean, it’s great that you guys are in love, but technically because you are so young and he’s over 18 —
CALLER: Well, do you know if there’s any other place I could go?
CLINIC: Why don’t you take your home test first? Take your home test first before you get yourself really worried. Take your home test first. My suggestion would be if you’re negative, please get on the pill. Protect yourself.
CALLER: But where could I go for that?
CLINIC: My suggestion would be — you could go anywhere if you just kind of keep your mouth shut.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: You know what I’m saying?
CALLER: Yeah. I’m just so scared. I don’t know.
CLINIC: I know. And it is scary. And if you were like 16 and he was 22, it would be a different story, but you’re 13. And like I said, we’re not here to judge you, and we will not. But technically that’s the law, and the nurses here do have to abide by that. So if you came in and they knew that you were sleeping with a 22-year-old man, they would have to report it.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: But that’s anyplace. That’s not just us, hon; that’s anyplace.
CALLER: Okay. You’re so nice. I wish I could talk to my mom like I talk to you. She just doesn’t ever listen to me.
CLINIC: And you know, a lot of moms they see it differently. But we understand. We’ve been there ourselves and we see it everyday, so we understand.
CLINIC: My suggestion would be, if you find out you’re pregnant just take care of it how you have to take care of it. You’ve got the number to the AB clinic. Call the ladies. They’ll tell you about funding or what not and cost and all that good stuff. But I really wouldn’t advertise that you’re dating a 22-year-old.
CALLER: Yeah. Well, if I thought of any more other questions, could I call and talk to you? What was your name?
CLINIC: Yes, you can. My name is Sarah (sp).
CALLER: Okay. Thanks.
CLINIC: You’re welcome. Bye now.