Reproductive Left



Frank, honest, and accurate information on sexual and reproductive health from local Maine experts. Reproductive Left, hosted by Abbie Strout, tackles a different topic each month that influences our sexual and reproductive health. Previous topics have included abortion stigma, the choice to be childfree, reproductive coercion, and sex-positive feminism. The show ends with Ask Mabel where Terry Marley-DeRosier, WHNP or Lindsey Piper, WHNP answer sexual and reproductive health questions! Produced in collaboration by WERU-FM and Mabel Wadsworth Women's Health Center. New episodes the first Tuesday of each month.


  • Pride Season Prep

    31/05/2024 Duración: 17min

    We're kicking off our Summer "Hope is a Discipline" Season with some Pride Season Prep as we head into June! Anyone who has listened to our host Aspen before has probably heard them reference the quote "hope is a discipline" from prison abolitionist Mariame Kaba, which can be summarized as viewing hope not simply as an emotion, but as a deliberate choice and something that requires work. This month's episode gets into some LGBTQIA+ Pride history, along with how to build a better world for queer folks. Image: Raphael Renter via Unsplash

  • Abortion Funds and Access: an interview with Abbie of SAFE Maine

    29/03/2024 Duración: 21min

    Join Aspen for the final episode of the Winter Access series as they interview someone familiar--Abbie Strout-Bentes! Abbie is the Executive Director of SAFE Maine, a fierce feminist, and the original host of Reproductive Left. In this episode, the pair tackle the role of abortion funds, how they impact access to care, and how you can help. Learn more about SAFE Maine at their website: Image: Gayatri Malhotra via Unsplash

  • Fake Clinics and Access: an interview with Elayne from GRR!

    23/02/2024 Duración: 32min

    Join Aspen as they chat with fierce feminist friend Elayne Richard from GRR! In our second Winter Access series episode, we tackle the topic of anti abortion centers (also often called crisis pregnancy centers) and how they negatively impact access to not just abortion care, but all competent sexual and reproductive healthcare. You can learn more about GRR! at their website: Image via Aspen Ruhlin of unofficial GRR! mascot Tina Turner Tiger

  • Sterilization and Access

    26/01/2024 Duración: 21min

    Reproductive Left is kicking off 2024 with our Winter Access season! We're starting out chatting about sterilization and access to this care, including a short interview at the end with the fabulous Dr. Rachel. She'll chat about her work providing vasectomies at Mabel Wadsworth Center, while Aspen will set the groundwork for sterilization more generally in the first portion of the show. What even is sterilization? Who gets it, and how? What barriers do people face to getting electively sterilized? What does this have to do with ovarian and cervical cancer? Join us to answer these questions and more!

  • Doulas, Lactation, and Autonomy: an interview with Hannah Lord

    27/11/2023 Duración: 31min

    For our final episode of the Fall Autonomy season, join Aspen as they interview Hannah Lord (doula, lactation specialist, and Mabel's volunteer extraordinaire). What role do doulas play in autonomy for pregnant people? What even is a doula? How does lactation and the ways we feed our babies play into autonomy, especially for marginalized birthing parents? Listen to this episode as Aspen and Hannah tackle these questions and more! Image: Junior REIS via Unsplash

  • Domestic Violence and Autonomy: an interview with Casey Faulkingham

    27/10/2023 Duración: 56min

    For our second episode of our Fall Autonomy season, join Aspen as they interview Casey Faulkingham of Partners for Peace about the intersections of domestic violence and autonomy. How do these topics intersect? What is reproductive coercion? How can loved ones of those experiencing abuse help in a meaningful way? Aspen and Casey address these questions and more! Learn more about Partners for Peace at Partners for Peace helpline: 1-800-863-9909 Power and Control Wheel and Equality Wheel: Image: Sydney Sims via Unsplash

  • Autonomy and Abortion Funds: an interview with Julie and Christie of Abortion Freedom Fund

    29/09/2023 Duración: 33min

    Kicking off our Fall Autonomy season we have an interview with Julie Jenkins and Christie Pitney of Abortion Freedom Fund. Join us as we discuss autonomy for pregnant people in the context of abortion funds, medication abortion, and accessing care in a post-Dobbs US. Abortion Freedom Fund focuses on funding telehealth abortion care nationally, and you can learn more about their work at Check out the "Plan C" documentary at Image: Abortion Freedom Fund logo

  • Intersections of Transgender Health and Abortion

    28/07/2023 Duración: 13min

    For our final episode of the Hot Mabel's Summer season, our host Aspen dives into the intersections of trans health and abortion. Even if you're already familiar with the fact that trans people also have abortions, there are other connections and commonalities you might not be as familiar with! Listen along, and we'll see you again in September. Image credit: Patrick Perkins via Unsplash

  • Pride Month and LGBTQ+ Education: an interview with Nancy Lewis

    30/06/2023 Duración: 23min

    We're back with the second episode of Hot Mabel's Summer with a Pride Month interview with Professor Nancy Lewis! Why is teaching about LGBT Studies important? How has teaching this topic changed over the years? Just how much are queer people cut out of the education we receive? Listen to have these questions (and more) answered! Image credit: Delia Giandeini via Unsplash

  • Legislative Marathon: Interview with Abbie

    26/05/2023 Duración: 58min

    We're kicking off Hot Mabel's Summer with a dive into what we've been up to with the Maine legislature this session! Host Aspen interviews OG host Abbie to discuss the wide array of bill topics we've given testimony on, along with the marathon week of abortion-related bills we saw earlier this month! Speaking of, now is a great time to call your legislator about LD 1619 and why you want them to vote in support of it. Learn more about some of the bills we've supported this session here: Image via Aspen Ruhlin of the Maine State House

  • Community Organizing: an interview with Representative Ambureen Rana

    31/03/2023 Duración: 26min

    To wrap up our Winter Activism series (yes, we know we're ten days into Spring), we have an exciting interview on Community Organizing with activist and friend of the Center Representative Ambureen Rana. What is Community Organizing? How do you get involved in activism? How did Ambureen take the leap into legislative work? Join us to answer these questions and more! Resources: Deepa Iyer "Social Change Now: A Guide for Reflection and Connection" --> Image credit: Melany Rochester via Unsplash

  • Environmental Feminism: an interview with Dr. Jacquelyn Gill

    24/02/2023 Duración: 42min

    In this month's episode, we're continuing our Winter Activism series with an interview with Dr. Jacquelyn Gill! Not only is she an Associate Professor of Climate Science and a paleoecologist, but she's someone cool enough to have her own Wikipedia page. What does the environment have to do with feminism? Is this the same as ecofeminism? Can we still do something about climate change? Listen as we tackle these questions and more! Image credit: Markus Spiske via Unsplash

  • Reflections from an Abortion Doula and Clinic Worker (Roe Anniversary)

    27/01/2023 Duración: 55min

    Couldn't make it to our event honoring what should have been the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade on Sunday, January 22nd? Here it is recorded from you! We were joined by abortion doula, clinic worker, and author extraordinaire Hannah Matthews. Check out her bio below! Hannah Matthews is a writer, abortion funder and care worker, and doula based in Portland, Maine. Her work has been published in or is forthcoming from The New York Times, ELLE, Esquire, McSweeney’s, Catapult, and other publications, and she has previously written for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America blog. Hannah is represented by Jade Wong-Baxter of the Frances Goldin Literary Agency, and her debut book, You or Someone You Love: Reflections of An Abortion Doula, forthcoming from Atria (Simon & Schuster) on 5/2/23, is available for preorder now. More information about Hannah and her work can be found at her website Image: Gayatri Malhotra (via Unsplash)

  • Lube (Again!)

    23/11/2022 Duración: 25min

    What better way to wrap up a season themed around pleasure than to revisit an important tool for pleasure--lube! This episode features sexual health rockstar, Nurse Practitioner, and former Mabel's staff member Lindsey Piper. Osmolality and pH and stigma, oh my! Join our host Aspen as they delve into the slippery world of sexual lubricant. What's the deal with osmolality? This isn't chemistry class, so why does pH matter? Who needs lube? We'll answer all of these questions and more in this episode of Reproductive Left, featuring an interview with Nurse Practitioner Lindsey Piper! Image: Deon Black (via Unsplash) References:…nce-of-lubricants/…A7D2D46?sequence=1

  • Kink

    30/10/2022 Duración: 15min

    Continuing our Fall theme of pleasure, Aspen is back this month to talk about kink! What is it? Why are people kinky? Is it all whips and chains? What's with all the hype about Fifty Shades of Gray? Join our host to learn all this and more! Image: Warm Orange via Unsplash

  • Masturbation: Myths and Magic

    30/09/2022 Duración: 11min

    We're back! For the Fall 2022 season of Reproductive Left, we thought there was nothing better to focus on than pleasure. In this episode, Aspen dives into masturbation to discuss the myths, magic, and benefits of this particular brand of self-love. Listen and learn what cereal, gender stereotypes, and Texas politicians have to do with this messy topic. While you're at it, go love yourself! Image: Dainis Graveris via Unsplash

  • Interview with Viva Ruiz of Thank God for Abortion part 2

    29/06/2022 Duración: 23min

    Welcome back for part 2 of our interview with Viva Ruiz of Thank God for Abortion! Viva and Aspen continue to discuss the importance of abortion access, and how religion is not as cut-and-dry anti abortion as you may think. Thank God for Abortion can be found on Facebook, Instagram, or Image: Malvestida via Unsplash

  • Interview with Viva Ruiz of Thank God for Abortion part 1

    27/05/2022 Duración: 27min

    This month's episode of Reproductive Left is part one of an exciting interview with Viva Ruiz of Thank God For abortion! Join Viva and Aspen as they discuss religion, abortion, and autonomy, and how religion absolutely can and should be abortion-positive. Thank God For Abortion can be found on Facebook, Instagram, or Image: Manny Becerra via Unsplash

  • Trans Health and Abortion Access: an interview with Quinn Gormley

    29/04/2022 Duración: 21min

    In this month's episode of Reproductive Left, our host Aspen interviews Quinn Gormley, the Executive Director of MaineTransNet. The two discuss trans health, abortion access, Reproductive Justice, and where the three intersect. MTN is a community based organization led by trans people for trans people. They provide peer-to-peer support groups, social and community events, advocacy for the transgender community across Maine, and education on trans cultural competency. MaineTransNet's mission is, "to support and empower transgender people to create a world where they can thrive." Resources: Image: Sierra Houk via Unsplash

  • Substance Use, Pregnancy, and Parenting: an interview with Cait Vaughan part 2

    25/03/2022 Duración: 20min

    Join us where we left off in the previous episode with part 2 of the interview with Cait Vaughan! Aspen and Cait continue the conversation and discuss how other elements of oppression interact with our attitudes around substance use, pregnancy, and parenting. Resources: Repro Legal Defense Fund -> National Advocates for Pregnant Women -> Movement for Family Power -> NWLC--forced sterilization ->…n-the-united-states/ "Killing the Black Body" by Dorothy E. Roberts Image credit: Kelly Sikkema via Unsplash

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