Category: Policy Updates

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,

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

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

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

Advocate Stories, Economic Opportunity, Freedom from Violence, Health and Education, Policy Updates

Video Series: Using the Statehouse Website

by Megan Plassmeyer on Feb 7, 2018

We get it, the Statehouse website probably hasn’t made your list of most frequent stops.  Read below to see how you can better utilize this free resource, and become a #superadvocate this legislative session. You can also click here to access our Advocacy 101 Toolkit. Watch Live Video While the Statehouse website can’t stream movies

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

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

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

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