Policy Updates

125th Legislative Session Wrap-Up

by Ashley Lidow on Jun 6, 2024

As we look back over the past two years, it’s clear that the collaborative efforts between WREN and our dedicated partners have yielded significant progress in the 2023-2024 South Carolina legislative session. This period has been marked by tireless advocacy, strategic partnerships, and a steadfast commitment to advancing the rights and well-being of women and

News, Policy Updates

Governor signs gender-affirming care ban into law

by Kelli R. Parker on May 22, 2024

WREN is immensely disappointed that Governor McMaster signed the discriminatory House Bill 4624 into law yesterday, cruelly banning medically necessary healthcare for transgender youth and some adults in South Carolina. It is truly disheartening that, in a time when urgent issues like failing schools, gun violence, and the plight of families living on the margins

News, Policy Updates

S.C. Senate Votes to Ban Medically Necessary Care for Trans Youth

by Kelli R. Parker on May 3, 2024

WREN is outraged that the South Carolina Senate voted to pass the dangerous and discriminatory House Bill 4624, cruelly banning medically necessary healthcare for transgender people. This unconscionable law directly attacks the fundamental rights, well-being, and human dignity of our transgender neighbors, friends, and family members. Rather than prioritizing the real issues facing South Carolinians


Whose Life Matters? The Battle Over Emergency Care

by Kelli R. Parker on Apr 23, 2024

In 1986, Congress passed the Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA) to ensure hospitals provide emergency care to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. However, since the 2022 Dobbs v. Jackson decision struck down the constitutional right to abortion, some states have passed severe bans that prevent doctors from performing abortions —

Health and Education

Global Day to Destigmatize Abortion

by Kelli R. Parker on Mar 28, 2024

Whether you realize it or not, someone you know or love has had an abortion. Abortion is healthcare and a normal part of our reproductive journeys. Approximately 25 percent of people capable of pregnancy in the United States (that’s 1 in 4) will have an abortion by age 45. For many people, accessing safe abortion


Meet Dr. Amalia Luxardo, WREN’s New CEO

by Kelli R. Parker on Feb 1, 2024

An exciting announcement marks the dawn of a new era at the Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network (WREN). With great pleasure, we introduce the distinguished Dr. Amalia Luxardo, who will be taking the helm as our new Chief Executive Officer. With over two decades of dedicated service in the public sector, Dr. Luxardo brings a

Leadership and Civic Engagement, Policy Updates

WREN’s 2024 Legislative Priorities

by Kelli R. Parker on Jan 18, 2024

Happy New Year! January 9 was the start of the 2024 Legislative session and, even though the year has just begun, we’re already working to advocate against the state’s continued attacks on bodily autonomy. In less than two weeks, a bill that would ban gender-affirming care for people under 18 has quickly moved from the

Health and Education

What does the abortion ban mean for South Carolina?

by Kelli R. Parker on Sep 1, 2023

It’s been one week since the South Carolina Supreme Court upheld a law that bans abortion after “cardiac activity” can be detected by an ultrasound, with limited exceptions. In some cases, the so-called “heartbeat” can be heard starting at roughly the sixth week of pregnancy, which is why the law has consistently been called a


WREN’s 2022 Impact Report

by WREN Staff on Dec 20, 2022

Click the image below to read WREN’s 2022 Impact Report! As 2022 comes to a close, the word that most comes to mind as we reflect on all of you in our network is proud. During a year of unprecedented and relentless attacks on our fundamental rights, the WREN network has shown our strength, determination,