Category: Policy Updates

Health and Education, Policy Updates

TAKE ACTION: Gag Rule threatens reproductive healthcare

by Ashley Lidow on May 29, 2018

The Trump administration proposed a domestic gag rule that would hurt women in the US by stripping Title X funding—funding that is dedicated to providing reproductive health services and care—from healthcare providers that refer patients for abortion services. This funding cut would have the biggest impact on low-income Americans. First, let’s talk about gag rules…. Read more

Health and Education, Policy Updates

TAKE ACTION: Protect Our Options for Healthcare

by Eme Crawford on May 25, 2018

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) has applied for a Medicaid waiver to change the way that family planning services are delivered in South Carolina.  While the stated intentions of the waiver are to improve maternal and child healthcare, this change in policy will limit South Carolinians’ access to the health… Read more

Health and Education, Policy Updates

This is Your Victory.

by Ann Warner on May 4, 2018

You did it. In the wee hours of the morning, after days of debate, the voices for women’s health, rights, and dignity prevailed over politics in South Carolina. The Senate voted to recommit H 3548, an extreme and dangerous anti-abortion bill, to the Senate Medical Affairs Committee. With only a few days left in the… Read more

Advocate Stories, Policy Updates

Why We Fight

by Ashley Lidow on Apr 27, 2018

At WREN we are constantly trying to educate our members on the importance of using your voice and taking action. . One of our key focus areas is leadership because when there is diversity in leadership we get better results. Some may say that diversity will happen organically, but unfortunately that is not the case;… Read more

Health and Education, Policy Updates

What’s the 12 Month Supply Bill?

by Megan Plassmeyer on Apr 19, 2018

Did you hear the news? This week we launched #12DaysofAdvocacy in honor of the last twelve days left in the 2017-2018 legislative session. The first bill we focused on is the 12 Month Supply of Contraception bill. This bill would allow a woman to receive up to a 12 month supply of contraception at a time. Contraception… Read more

Economic Opportunity, Health and Education, Policy Updates

SC Narrowly Avoids 34 Million Dollar Budget Cut to Family Planning Services

by Megan Plassmeyer on Apr 13, 2018

This week, the South Carolina Senate debated the state budget, specifically addressing four amendments that would have been extremely harmful for women across the state. Unlike Gov. McMaster’s executive order issued last summer that was designed to block state agencies from paying state or local taxpayer money to doctor’s or medical practices that provide abortions,… Read more

Economic Opportunity, Policy Updates

The Impact of Breast Feeding

by Carson Cook on Mar 5, 2018

The benefits of breastfeeding to mom and infant are well documented and The American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and the US Surgeon General recommend that infants be breastfed exclusively for the first 6-months of life and breastmilk should remain a part of their diet at least up… Read more

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… Read more

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… Read more