How To: Testify Against the Abortion Ban
Jan 8, 2021
UPDATE: The deadline to submit testimony on S.1 has passed, you can still take action by using this link to email members of the Senate Medical Affairs subcommittee.
On Thursday, January 14th at 10 am the Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee will meet to hear testimony on S.1, a 6-week abortion ban. South Carolina, we’ve seen this before, now it’s time to take action. Members of the public will have the opportunity to submit prepared statements or in-person testimony to the committee on Thursday.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Each speaker will receive 3 minutes, once your time is up you won’t be allowed to continue speaking.
- Use this link to register. You MUST register before 9am on Tuesday, January 12th in order to speak in-person or virtually.
- Remarks can be written, in person, or via video
- Written: There is no limit here. Write exactly what you want legislators to know. Submit your testimony via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with S.1 testimony in the subject.
- Video: Submit your video via email as an attachment to email@example.com with S.1 testimony in the subject.
- In-Person: Register at the link above. The committee will meet in Gressette Room 105 (seating is limited due to COVID restrictions, there will be an overflow room). We encourage you to come early. The meeting will begin promptly at 10 am.
- Virtual: Register at the link above.
- Time yourself. If you are presenting testimony via live video, we recommend practicing ahead of time. Use every second.
- Practice. Look in the mirror and practice your statement. Remember, even if you are in person, you’re allowed to read from notes. Write exactly what you want to say, how you want to say it.
- Be yourself. These legislators are people too, speak to them like you would a coworker. The subcommittee process is how we work together with legislators to provide information that will inform their decisions.
- Advocacy is a team sport. After you prepare your statement, encourage a friend to write one too! If you decide to go in person, practice your statement with a support network beforehand. If you need help or want to understand this process, WREN is always happy to provide assistance. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and a WREN staff member will assist you.
- Use your best judgment. There are both virtual and in-person options for testifying. If you plan to visit the statehouse in person
- Statehouse Map
- Address:1100 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201 –> This meeting isn’t at the statehouse exactly, it’s on the statehouse grounds. Check out the map above and find the Gressette Building.
- Read the bill text.
- Parking: There are parking meters that circle the statehouse grounds
- The closest bus stop to the statehouse is on Assembly and Senate (Stop ID: 1324).