Category: Policy Updates

Health and Education, Policy Updates

“Beginning with Conception”: Why Definitions Matter

by Eme Crawford on Oct 27, 2017

Earlier this month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released their strategic plan that included the definition of life as “beginning with conception.” This is a troubling inclusion for many reasons. We should each have the ability to answer the question of when life begins based on our own beliefs, values and faith

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

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

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

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

Leadership and Civic Engagement, Policy Updates

Do You Know How Your Elected Officials Vote?

by WREN Staff on Jul 6, 2017

Do you know that you can access your South Carolina legislators’ voting records by visiting the South Carolina Legislature website?  Accessing this information is the first step in holding lawmakers accountable to the needs of women, girls, and families in our state. There are two ways to look up votes on the Statehouse website. The first

Health and Education, Policy Updates

ACTION ALERT: Call your Senators in Support of Healthcare Access

by WREN Staff on Jun 27, 2017

Your United States Senators need to hear from you today. The Senate healthcare bill, known as the “Better Care Reconciliation Act,” is a threat to the health of South Carolinians. It would hurt women, children, and families by massively cutting health coverage and benefits, including: Drastically cutting Medicaid, which covers 1.1 million South Carolinians. Medicaid

Policy Updates

Federal Update: June 1st, 2017

by WREN Staff on Jun 1, 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.  WREN is tracking how potential changes to the federal budget and the Affordable Care Act would impact our state. Read below to find out more and how you

Policy Updates

Sine Die 2017

by WREN Staff on May 9, 2017

Yesterday was sine die, the yearly adjournment day for the South Carolina General Assembly. Thanks to the phenomenal efforts of advocates like you, two bills that will positively impact the lives of South Carolina women made impressive progress: the 12 Month-Supply of Birth Control bill, and the SC Pregnancy Accommodations Act. Here’s how you did it: Here’s

Policy Updates

UPDATE: Crucial Bills Moving Forward

by WREN Staff on Apr 11, 2017

Yesterday we reached South Carolina’s legislative crossover deadline. The crossover deadline is the last day in which a bill can pass out of the chamber in which it was introduced and move forward for consideration in the opposite chamber. This means that all bills that have not made it to both the House and Senate