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#547 – Planned Parenthood in Johnson Creek, WI

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JOHNSON CREEK, WI 53038-9540

TAPE – 547

(dialing sounds) (ringing 2X)

CLINIC: Planned Parenthood. Johnson Creek.

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions there?

CLINIC: Can you hold for a second?


CLINIC: (pause)

CLINIC: Thank you for holding. Can I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was wanting to — my boyfriend gave me some numbers to call about getting an abortion. I was wondering if you guys did that.

CLINIC: Yeah. Planned Parenthood does do abortions, but only the clinic — there’s Planned Parenthood has two clinics that do abortion. One is in Appleton and the other one is in Milwaukee.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you have the number for the one in Milwaukee?

CLINIC: Yeah. The one in Milwaukee if you call area code 414-271-8047 then you’ll get an answering machine saying Planned Parenthood, and then you just have to listen for the options and if they say, do you want to make an abortion appointment press such and such a number.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, I’m just really worried because — like well 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 it, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about anything?

CLINIC: Nope. Nope. Nope. There is a parental consent law right now. There is a parental consent law that goes in — that is in effect. And in order for you at age 14 to be able to have an abortion you do have to have parental consent. Now parental consent can mean either your parents or it can mean anyone — an aunt, an uncle, a brother, a sister, a grandparent, anyone 25 years of age or over. But it cannot be your boyfriend.

CALLER: Oh. Well, I don’t have anybody here but my parents, and if they found out I don’t know what they would do.

CLINIC: Okay. Then your other option would be to come to a Planned Parenthood and get something called — you can go and talk to the public defender. If you go to, you know, to the courts, though the court system, a public defender can find you eligible to get an abortion without parental consent. But you do have to go through talking to a district attorney in your county.

CALLER: Well, how much does that cost?

CLINIC: It doesn’t cost anything. It’s free.

CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, would they have to tell my parents?


CALLER: Oh. Well, so if I go to them I would be able to —

CLINIC: Where do you live?

CALLER: I live in Marytown (sp).

CLINIC: You live in where?

CALLER: Marytown.

CLINIC: And where is that? Is that close to, what, Madison or close to Milwaukee?

CALLER: I think it’s closer to Appleton I think.

CLINIC: It’s closer to Appleton? Okay. So why don’t I give you the number to the abortion clinic in Appleton and they’ll be able to help you out with who you call for judicial bypass. That’s what you ask them for. It’s called a judicial bypass where you’re a minor who’s looking to get an abortion and you don’t have any — you know, any family members that qualify to give you consent. So you want the courts to be able to help you. But, so call Planned Parenthood in Appleton and they’ll be able to help you.


CLINIC: Okay? And the Planned Parenthood is located at Appleton North. It’s at 3800 North Gillette (sp) Street. And their number is area code 920-731-9534.

CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know, like I’m just really worried about all this because I haven’t had my period since like December 21st, and I’m scared. Could I come in there for a pregnancy test to see?

CLINIC: So you don’t even know if you’re pregnant yet?

CALLER: Well, no.

CLINIC: Okay. Well, you can come in here however. I mean, we do the same pregnancy test as they would like with the home pregnancy test. So have you done even like a home pregnancy test?

CALLER: No. I just thought that I would rather come in there and have one of — someone else do it so that I knew it was right.

CLINIC: Sure. You could come in here. We could do it.

CALLER: Okay. But would you have to tell anybody that I was there for that though?


CALLER: Oh. Well, my friend just lives there in Johnson Creek, so that’s why I was wanting to go to where you’re at. So.

CLINIC: That’s fine. We can do a pregnancy test.

CALLER: Okay. But my boyfriend said that he was going to pay for everything. So would have to — we just don’t want anyone to know about us. Would he have to sign anything?

CLINIC: No one would have to know. Can you hold on?

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Okay. No. He doesn’t have to sign anything.

CALLER: Okay. Well, if it came out that I wasn’t pregnant could I get birth control there?


CALLER: I mean, we just don’t want to have to worry about this anymore.


CALLER: Okay. But would you have to tell anybody that I was on birth control?


CALLER: Oh, okay. Well, if I could think of any other questions could I call and talk to you?


CALLER: What was your name?

CLINIC: Maria.



CALLER: All right. Thanks.

CLINIC: Bye bye.


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