Category: Policy Updates

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… Read more

Advocate Stories, Policy Updates

2018 Advocacy Asks

by Ashley Lidow on Jan 2, 2018

I don’t know about y’all, but I am ready to make 2018 the year of positive change. Looking back at 2017 it felt as if we were taking hit after hit and I am ready to go on the offense! The best way I know how to start making positive change is to make my… Read more

Advocate Stories, Policy Updates

Meet Me at the Statehouse

by Megan Plassmeyer on Dec 19, 2017

Ready to connect with lawmakers this legislative session but aren’t sure how to make that first connection? The WREN staff have opened their calendars to our advocates this year and are free to meet you at the Statehouse every fourth Wednesday of the month through April. During these meet-ups, we’ll help you connect in-person with… Read more

Policy Updates

What’s a Veto?

by Ashley Crary Lidow on Nov 13, 2017

On June 12 the Governor reviewed the state budget and vetoed[1] items that he disapproved of. Vetoing is a power that is given to a governor or president to reject a policy from the legislature. In the statement on why he was issuing those vetoes, he stated that South Carolina is on the edge of… Read more

Advocate Stories, Policy Updates

My Off-Session Agenda

by Ashley Lidow on Oct 18, 2017

Here at WREN it is my job to educate our South Carolina policymakers about the challenges and opportunities the women and girls of South Carolina face. In other words, I lobby at the Statehouse. Since the legislative session runs from January until May this is the time of year when people ask me “What do… Read more

Advocate Stories, Policy Updates

Jacqueline Mayorga: “I’m Here to Stay.”

by Megan Plassmeyer on Sep 7, 2017

WREN stands with the Dreamers of South Carolina. Learn more about the story of a Dreamer in our community and how you can take action. Jacqueline Mayorga is a dreamer in every sense of the word. Her parents, undocumented immigrants from Mexico, brought her to South Carolina when she was just three years old. Since… Read more

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… Read more

Policy Updates

Federal Update: TPP Program and Title X in Funding Battle

by WREN Staff on Jul 14, 2017

A lot of decisions are being made in DC right now that could dramatically affect the health and well-being of South Carolina women, girls, and their families.  Read below to find out more and how you can use your voice to make a difference. The Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program and the Personal Responsibility Education Program… Read more