Category: Policy Updates

Health and Education, Policy Updates

H.5399 Sent to Conference Committee

by Ashley Lidow on Oct 24, 2022

After months of protests and objections by health care providers, advocates, and the majority of South Carolinians, the South Carolina Legislature is still pushing to pass H.5399.     On Tuesday, October 18, the Senate voted to “insist” on their version of H.5399. Now the bill will be sent to a conference committee made up of 3

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WREN Rejects ALL bans on abortion 

by WREN Staff on Sep 27, 2022

Lawmakers in South Carolina are still debating on what access to abortion looks like in the state. Today, the state’s House of Representatives voted to non-concur with the current draft of H. 5399, which would ban abortion in the state.   H. 5399 will now be discussed by a conference committee. This committee will be

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H. 5399 Moves to SC Senate- Details to take action!

by Ashley Lidow on Sep 2, 2022

After thousands of South Carolinians raised their voice in opposition and hundreds packed the statehouse the House of Representative passed an extreme abortion ban on August 30. This means that H.5399 will now go to the Senate for debate. South Carolina already has an extreme abortion law on the books and while it was in

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South Carolina Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Six-Week Abortion Ban

by Planned Parenthood on Aug 18, 2022

**This is a reposted press release from Planned Parenthood South Atlantic South Carolina Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Six-Week Abortion Ban  COLUMBIA, S.C. — Today, in a unanimous order, the South Carolina Supreme Court blocked the state’s ban on abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy (Senate Bill 1), granting providers’ emergency motion for a temporary injunction

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Pro-Abortion Advocates Take Action Against Ban in Charleston

by WREN STAFF on Aug 17, 2022

Pro-Abortion Advocates Take Action Against Ban in Charleston CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – As South Carolina legislators debated a total ban on abortion in the statehouse today, reproductive justice advocates gathered in their communities to stand together in the fight for abortion access for all. The Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) held an abortion advocate

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WREN Testimony in Opposition to Abortion Ban 

by WREN Staff on Aug 17, 2022

WREN’s CEO Ann Warner testified during the August 17 Senate  Medical Affairs Committee: Thank you, Chairman Verdin, for the opportunity to address the Senate Medical Affairs Committee today. My name is Ann Warner, and I am the CEO of WREN, a South Carolina-based non-partisan non-profit organization with a mission to build a movement to advance

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July 19th Ad Hoc Hearing- Let’s Make Some Noise!

by Ashley Lidow on Jul 14, 2022

The South Carolina House of Representatives has put together a special Ad Hoc Committee to consider NEW legislation related to the Supreme Court’s decision on abortion. Even though the committee did everything they could to stack the odds against us, we had hundreds show up to speak out. Unfortunately, many testifiers were turned away from

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Demand South Carolina legislators repeal abortion restrictions! Hearing Scheduled!

by Brandi Ellison on Jun 29, 2022

House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee on Abortion is meeting on  Thursday, July 7, 2022.  The South Carolina House of Representatives has put together a special Ad Hoc Committee to consider NEW legislation related to the Supreme Court’s decision on abortion. This Committee has set its first meeting date to hear from the public.    This

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Support S.1348 to Affirm Reproductive Rights in South Carolina

by Ashley Lidow on Jun 22, 2022

Extremist legislators have been working for decades to push abortion access out of reach. This includes forcing people to travel long distances, wait days between appointments, source childcare, and pay out of pocket without insurance coverage. We need policies that support people’s whole lives, including better access to hospitals and clinics, healthcare provided by people