Category: Policy Updates

Health and Education, Policy Updates, Special Events

WREN: Happy Hour Updates

by WREN Staff on Mar 10, 2017

  On March 9th, WREN partnered up with Auntie Bellum to host a network Happy Hour at The War Mouth.  And in case you couldn’t slip away from your desk to enjoy the afternoon sunshine, here’s what you missed: Our partnership happy hour kicked off with some WREN legislative updates, including new information regarding the progress of H.3809,… Read more

Health and Education, Policy Updates

Spring into Action: WREN Policy Updates

by WREN Staff on Mar 3, 2017

In a recent poll conducted by Winthrop University, eighty-one percent of respondents favored requiring employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees, and nearly 70% favored requiring schools to base their reproductive health curriculum solely on evidence-based research. The people of South Carolina have spoken. Now let’s make it happen. Stand with WREN in advocating for… Read more

Health and Education, Policy Updates

The Importance of Evidence-Based Health Education

by WREN Staff on Feb 23, 2017

We are over a month into our 2017-2018 legislative session, and are eager to share our first piece of introduced legislation: the Healthy Youth Act. This act would bring revisions to the outdated 1988 Comprehensive Health Education Act (CHEA) by ensuring the use of evidence-based, rigorously evaluated interventions, and by holding school districts accountable for… Read more

Health and Education, Policy Updates

WREN Update: Pregnancy Accommodations

by WREN Staff on Feb 21, 2017

Providing a safe and inclusive workplace atmosphere to pregnant employees is crucial in maintaining a sustainable, healthy and productive workforce. Women must often stay employed throughout their pregnancy in order to sufficiently support themselves, and their families.  In fact, two out of three South Carolina women who gave birth last year were employed. Yet in spite… Read more

Health and Education, Policy Updates

Advocate for IVF Insurance Coverage

by WREN Communications & Learning Team on Feb 1, 2017

One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age has trouble conceiving or sustaining a pregnancy according to RESOLVE, a national infertility association that works to improve the lives of women and men living with infertility. We at WREN support efforts of fertility specialists who help individuals and couples grow their families through fertility technologies like… Read more

Health and Education, Policy Updates

Protect Birth Control Access and IVF

by WREN Staff on Jan 24, 2017

Last week at our WREN Happy Hour, advocates had a chance to ask our staff members about our 2017-18 Policy Agenda and how they could stay involved in the legislative process. We are extremely optimistic about this session and our ability to pass and support crucial legislation. There was one question we couldn’t avoid: Has anything… Read more

Economic Opportunity, Health and Education, Policy Updates

First Day of Legislative Session

by WREN Communications Team on Jan 10, 2017

Today on January 10th, 2017,  South Carolina’s legislators return to the Statehouse for the beginning of the 2017-18 session. While we are excited to get back into the swing of things, we cannot thank our volunteers and advocates enough for their contributions over the past several months, and for more recently assembling our WREN information… Read more

Policy Updates, Special Events

What You Can Do Now!

by Eme Crawford on Dec 7, 2016

In the wake of the 2016 election, WREN has received an outpouring of emails, calls and conversations from women across the state asking what they can do right now to become more involved in speaking up and making a difference for women.  Here are a few upcoming events for those of you ready to make… Read more

Policy Updates

Everything You Need to Know about WWH v. Hellerstedt in Five Minutes

Sep 13, 2016

Last Monday, people across the country celebrated (or lamented), as pictures of the most honorable Justice Notorious RBG went viral and the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) made a historic ruling. On June 27th, SCOTUS struck down two provisions in Texas H.B. 2 law, one requiring physicians to have admitting privileges at hospitals,… Read more