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PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF WISCONSIN
302 N. JACKSON ST.
MILWAUKEE, WI 53202
TAPE – 808
(Dialing, phone did not ring)
CLINIC: Good afternoon, Planned Parenthood. This is Linda.
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: Yes, we do.
CALLER: How much does it cost for that?
CLINIC: It’s a total of $385.
CALLER: Okay. Well, I’m just kind of worried. I’m going to be 14 later on this month, and my friend said 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?
CLINIC: Oh. Okay. Because you just told me that — you didn’t tell me your name. But if you’re 14 and your boyfriend is 22, he could be arrested for sexual assault.
CALLER: Why? He’s not assaulting me. We’re in love. We’re going —
CLINIC: Listen. Just a wait a minute. Wait a minute. It’s not my law. It’s a state law because the state believes that you’re under the age of making a decision to have sexual intercourse. It’s a state law. So here are your options.
You can have an abortion. If you can’t have your parents sign for you for a consent, what you can do is call the public defender’s office, and you can get what’s called a court bypass. And then they can walk you through. And you talk to the judge. You tell the judge why you want to have an abortion. And the judge will either grant it or not grant it.
CALLER: Does he usually —
CLINIC: Yes, they usually grant it. But I have to tell you that if you come here and give us your name and tell us that your boyfriend is 22 years old, we would have to report that to Social Services. Because you are not old enough to be making that decision.
CALLER: Well, if I don’t say then, it would be better?
CLINIC: Well, if you don’t say it, we don’t have to report it. If you say it, we have to report it. Because you are 14 and he is way an adult.
CALLER: Well, I haven’t had a pregnancy test yet. Would I be able to get that there?
CALLER: Just go to Walgreens or Shopco (ph) and get a pregnancy test.
CALLER: Well, are those usually right though?
CLINIC: Yep. Those are real good. Get a pregnancy test. Do you go to school?
CALLER: Well, I’m homeschooled.
CLINIC: You’re homeschooled?
CLINIC: I think you need to talk to somebody. You go to a Planned Parenthood maybe and talk about if you really want to be sexually active because there’s a lot of risk when you’re having sex when you’re that young.
CALLER: Yeah. If it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control from you guys?
CLINIC: Yes, you can. Yes, you can.
CALLER: But would anybody have to know if was on birth control?
CLINIC: No. Nobody knows if you get birth control. But do not have sex with him unless he uses condoms. You are too young to be making the decision to have sex when you’re 14.
CALLER: I don’t drive yet. Would my boyfriend be able to pick up the birth control?
CLINIC: Well, you’d have to go to the clinic to get the birth control. So first of all you start with a pregnancy test. And then you pick up the phone and you call a Planned Parenthood. If you now pregnant, you call Planned Parenthood and set up an appointment. Tell them you need birth control.
CALLER: And they wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: Nobody’s going to tell if you take birth control. If you’re going to have sex, we’re going to help you protect yourself from pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. That’s your decision. But we want you to think about whether or not you really want to have sex.
CLINIC: Okay? Do you know why you’re having sex?
CALLER: Well, me and boyfriend are in love.
CLINIC: Okay. If you’re in love you need to think about if this is what you want to do right now. You know? Because it’s against the law for him to have sex with you. Does your mom or dad know that you’re seeing a 22-year-old?
CALLER: Yeah. I mean, they just don’t know we’re having sex. He works with my dad. They know him, and they know we’re going out.
CLINIC: All right. Well, they might feel different if they know you’re having sex with him.
CALLER: Right, yeah. And they can’t find out about that at all.
CLINIC: Right. So you have the pregnancy test taken. And if you’re not pregnant, do not have sex with him until you get to Planned Parenthood and get on some birth control. Okay?
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Because not only could you be getting an unwanted pregnancy, but you could get a disease. And the problem with that is, if you have a disease and it’s not taken care of with any medicine, when you want to have babies in the future, you might not be able to.
CALLER: But as long as I’m not pregnant, no one has to know anything?
CLINIC: Nobody has to know if you’re not pregnant. And if you are pregnant and you want an abortion, you call the public defender’s office. But please think about what I said. But if you’re going to have sex, we want you to be protected.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Any other questions?
CALLER: Well, I don’t know. But if I had any other questions, could I call and talk to you?
CLINIC: You bet. You call. I’m Linda.
CLINIC: All right.
CALLER: All right. Thanks.