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

Economic Opportunity

Women in South Carolina’s Labor Force Critical to Economic Growth

by WREN Staff on Apr 6, 2017

Increasing women’s participation in South Carolina’s labor force is critical to economic growth for our state. There is a significant, projected workforce shortage in South Carolina over the next decade. By addressing this workforce need, women have the opportunity to create a net gain in economic activity for our state and simultaneously make strides in


“South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations Act” heads to the House

Mar 29, 2017

(Columbia, SC) The South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations Act (H. 3865) heads to the House floor, after garnering the unanimous approval of the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday afternoon. The bill, which has strong bi-partisan support, ensures pregnant women and new mothers have access to reasonable workplace accommodations – like carrying a water bottle or sitting on

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


House subcommittee unanimously approves 12-month supply of birth control legislation

Mar 8, 2017

House subcommittee unanimously approves 12-month supply of birth control legislation (Columbia, SC) Today, the House of Representatives’ 3-M (Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs) Health and Environmental Affairs subcommittee unanimously approved legislation (H.3809)  that would require insurance providers cover a 12-month supply of prescribed self-administered contraceptives – such as the ring, the patch and oral

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

Advocate Stories, Freedom from Violence, Special Events

WREN: #WhyWeWalk

by WREN Staff on Mar 3, 2017

We’ve all heard the phrase “if only you were in my shoes.”  And now, the Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (STSM) is bringing those words to life. The “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes” fundraising walk encourages the community to get involved in the fight against sexual violence and raises awareness about the local


“South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations Act” drops in House with bipartisan support

Feb 28, 2017

Columbia, SC – February 28, 2017 The “South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations Act” was introduced in the South Carolina House Representatives today with the support of Representatives Beth Bernstein, Greg Delleney and Robert Ridgeway. The legislation aims to help pregnant employees continue to work safely throughout their pregnancy by ensuring they can receive temporary and reasonable

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