Category: Policy Updates

COVID-19, Economic Opportunity, Health and Education, Policy Updates

Federal pandemic relief is ending soon, the Senate must act now! 

by WREN Staff on Nov 20, 2020

Millions of people across the country are struggling to get by, including kids who aren’t getting enough to eat because their parents don’t have enough money for groceries and families that are behind on rent and could lose their homes.    Programs intended to aid Americans struggling financially due to the ongoing coronavirus will expire at

News, Policy Updates

Our commitment to becoming an anti-racist organization

by WREN Staff on Nov 11, 2020

In June WREN sent a message of solidarity with Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities in this country who bear the brunt of state-sanctioned violence handed down through generations of systemic racism and anti-Blackness. In this message, we made a promise to our network to become an actively anti-racist organization. We acknowledge that releasing a statement

News, Policy Updates, Research

Our Voice 2020

Jun 15, 2020

On behalf of WREN and in partnership with the National Women’s Law Center, Change Research surveyed 1,450 South Carolina women of various sexual orientations and LGBTQ people representing a range of gender identities who are likely to vote in the 2020 election. The purpose of this survey was to understand the lives, issues, and policy

COVID-19, Policy Updates

Letter to the General Assembly on COVID-19

by Ann Warner on May 12, 2020

  As the South Carolina General Assembly reconvenes, our CEO, Ann Warner, penned a letter to each member.  In the letter (below) Warner encourages each legislator to consider the lives and livelihoods of women as our economic recovery. In her letter, she emphasizes the need for a state-level response to the needs presented in this

News, Policy Updates

Press Release: South Carolina Legislature Passes Bill to Stop Shackling Pregnant People Who Are Incarcerated

by Ali Titus, ACLU Policy and Communications Director on May 12, 2020

Criminal Justice and Reproductive Health Advocates Celebrate Expanded Protections for Parents and Families FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 12, 2020 CONTACT: Ali Titus, ACLU of South Carolina, atitus @aclusc.org, 803-318-2500 The South Carolina House of Representatives passed legislation today that will limit the types of restraints used on pregnant people who are incarcerated and virtually abolish

COVID-19, Policy Updates

COVID-19 Policy Priorities

by WREN Staff on May 1, 2020

The WREN team is committed to serving our network by continuing to educate and advocate for the health, economic well-being, and rights of women, girls, and their families. Our COVID-19 policy priorities will center women and caregivers by focusing on protections for front line workers, addressing women’s economic devastation, paid leave, and reproductive freedom.  The

News, Policy Updates

Legislative Update

by WREN Staff on Mar 12, 2020

Priority Legislation:   Paid leave (S. 997 & H. 5137)  These bills would provide state employees with 12 weeks of paid family leave. Paid leave has many public health benefits, including decreased infant mortality and improved physical and mental health of new parents. This policy will also improve employee retention, productivity, and morale. A recent

Advocate Stories, Policy Updates

We are proud of you.

by Ann Warner, CEO on Sep 12, 2019

On Sept 10th, the 6-week abortion ban was heard by the Senate Medical Affairs subcommittee and served as the final opportunity for the public to provide verbal testimony. While it’s frustrating to spend our precious time discussing a blatantly unconstitutional and reckless bill that was fast-tracked outside of regular legislative session, it was also incredibly

Advocate Stories, Policy Updates

Statement in Opposition to H.3020

by Ann Warner on Sep 9, 2019

The Medical Affairs Committee has limited testimony for the Sept. 10th hearing on H.3020 so the speaker slots have been filled. That being said we need AS MANY written testimonies as possible to be used in committee and floor debates. Senators have asked for stories from all 46 Senate districts. You can submit testimony directly

Policy Updates

This is YOUR House.

by Courtney Thomas on Aug 21, 2019

In an unprecedented move, the South Carolina Senate is moving forward with H. 3020 outside of regular session.  After passing through the house, the 6 Week Abortion Ban is now in the Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee.    September 10, 2019 is our last opportunity to go on record in opposition to the bill, so we