The goal of the Mabel’s Voices Project is to demolish the shame, silence, and stigma that surround sexual and reproductive healthcare, bodily autonomy, and personal identity by building individual and collective power through story sharing. We believe that when we share our experiences we empower ourselves and others in our community. Your story can be anything from your first experience with puberty to a story about sexuality and reproduction, including an abortion, pregnancy, and birth.
Reproductive and sexual healthcare is a normal and necessary part of our lives. The stories shared through Mabel’s Voices, with consent, will be shared on our blog for others to read. Story sharers may be approached in the future to testify at rallies, bill hearings, or other events that further our goal of ending stigma and spreading truth.
July 2019: Shark Week Stories
“I thought I was dying. People had said that you’ll see a little blood. No one tells you that your first period may be clumpy, brownish, and terrifying. I was so scared and ashamed that I didn’t tell anyone, and didn’t realize until two months later when I did see “normal” blood that it… read more…
LD 820 Testimony: March 27, 2019
Statement of Andrea Irwin, JD, Executive Director of Mabel Wadsworth Center to the Joint Standing Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance, and Financial Services “Senator Sanborn, Representative Tepler, and other members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to speak today. I also want to thank Governor Mills, Speaker Gideon, and the many legislators… read more…
As a survivor, I firmly stand with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford
Nik Sparlin spoke at our press event and rally to support Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and stop Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination on September 20, 2018, outside Senator Collins’ office in Bangor. Thank you all for being here today in support of survivors and in using your time to take a stance against the nomination of Brett… read more…
There aren’t women who have abortions and women who have babies
One of our favorite quotes hanging in our clinic says “There aren’t women who have abortions and women who have babies. These are the same women at different points in their lives.” After reading Jessi Leigh Swenson’s op-ed, posted in full below, we invited her to share her story here because it so beautifully illustrates… read more…
No One Can Fire Me
By Susan E. Davies I got the report in Cambridge, MA, in the spring of 1972, 45 years ago. With other chaperones, I’d taken the church youth group to Bean Town to see a Red Sox game, go to the Science Museum, worship in Quaker silence, and explore. When we visited Pat’s apartment Friday… read more…