Category: Health and Education

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

Health and Education, Special Events

The Difference Between “Technically” and “Actually”

by WREN Staff on Aug 15, 2017

UPDATED 8.30.2017: Deadline Extended Technically, current FDA regulations allow emergency contraception (EC) — birth control that prevents pregnancy after sex — to be sold directly on the shelf to women and men of any age with no restrictions. But actually, reports from around the country indicate that in many places, finding EC over-the-counter is not that simple.

Health and Education, Policy Updates

4,208 Reasons for Celebration

by Eme Crawford on Aug 8, 2017

Over the past 24 hours I watched a few amazing things happen: When a call went out yesterday from WREN that the State Board of Education was voting for a second and final time on revisions that would make our Health and Safety Education Standards comprehensive and evidence-based,  over 275 advocates sent 4,208 emails of support