Category: Health and Education

Health and Education, Policy Updates

March Legislative Update

by Megan Plassmeyer on Mar 2, 2018

As we move further into the 2017-18 legislative session, we’ve seen advocates, testifiers, and lawmakers that remind us what true strength and dedication reside in our community, specifically in women who face daily threats to healthcare access and bodily autonomy.   Their voices, and yours, have meant so much in the ongoing battle to preserve and

Health and Education, Policy Updates

How “Personhood” Hurts ALL Pregnant Women

by WREN Staff on Feb 27, 2018

For 20 years in a row, “personhood” legislation has been introduced in South Carolina that would interfere with a woman’s right to make personal, private decisions about her own body and her health. South Carolina is one of many states that have advanced so-called personhood legislation, legislation that seeks to establish full legal rights including

Advocate Stories, Economic Opportunity, Freedom from Violence, Health and Education, Policy Updates

Video Series: Using the Statehouse Website

by Megan Plassmeyer on Feb 7, 2018

We get it, the Statehouse website probably hasn’t made your list of most frequent stops.  Read below to see how you can better utilize this free resource, and become a #superadvocate this legislative session. You can also click here to access our Advocacy 101 Toolkit. Watch Live Video While the Statehouse website can’t stream movies

Health and Education, Policy Updates

Add Contraception to Budget

by Megan Plassmeyer on Jan 11, 2018

This week the South Carolina House voted on whether our state’s budget would continue to exclude birth control coverage for dependents on the state health plan. Although a majority of House members voted in favor of contraceptive access (56-44), more support was needed in order to override this dangerous budget cut. We have another opportunity to

Health and Education

Federal Rules Attack Access to Contraception

by WREN Staff on Nov 21, 2017

We must challenge policies and executive orders that take away critical reproductive health coverage or weaken our healthcare system.   The Affordable Care Act (ACA) helped to close gaps in access to care by increasing the number of people with insurance and advancing protections for the services that people need.  The ACA also expanded the availability

Advocate Stories, Economic Opportunity, Health and Education

Be the Voice

by Eme Crawford on Nov 21, 2017

We know better than most the huge number of barriers that people in South Carolina face when they need to access reproductive health services, including contraception and abortion care. We are working hard to push back against new restrictions and push for policies that support women’s health and well-being. In fact, WREN’s Ann Warner just had a

Economic Opportunity, Freedom from Violence, Health and Education, Leadership and Civic Engagement

Tremendous Impact: A Look at Wren’s First Year

by Eme Crawford on Nov 20, 2017

You and 27,000 WREN members are building a movement to advance the health, economic well-being, and rights of South Carolina’s women and girls. You donated. You volunteered your time. You made calls and sent emails to your elected officials. You enabled WREN to: Mobilize Citizens & Organizations to Take Action 1,900 people participated in advocacy

Health and Education, Policy Updates

“Beginning with Conception”: Why Definitions Matter

by Eme Crawford on Oct 27, 2017

Earlier this month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released their strategic plan that included the definition of life as “beginning with conception.” This is a troubling inclusion for many reasons. We should each have the ability to answer the question of when life begins based on our own beliefs, values and faith

Health and Education, Special Events

Work Out & Give Back

by WREN Staff on Aug 22, 2017

Plot twist: The workout you’re about to destroy will also destroy the patriarchy. Our friends at Fit Columbia are about to change the way you work out.  Through their new fitness fueled fundraising series, they will be offering donation based classes during the months of September and October to raise money for WREN.  The series