Category: Policy Updates

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

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,

Health and Education, Policy Updates

WREN Testimony on 12-Month Supply of Contraception Bill

by WREN Staff on Mar 9, 2017

WREN is pleased to report that on International Women’s Day, H.3809, a bill that would require insurance providers to cover a one-year’s supply of birth control at a time, passed through subcommittee on to the House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee. Click here to watch the full video of the subcommittee hearing. And

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

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

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