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In Final Weeks of South Carolina Legislative Session, Organizers Will Unite to Defeat Anti-Transgender Sports Bill and Healthcare Discrimination Bill

by SC United for Justice and Equality on Apr 15, 2022

Organizers successfully held off many extreme bills from advancing by last week’s crossover deadline; now, all attention turns to H.4776 and H.4608 COLUMBIA, SC – Last week marked the crossover deadline for South Carolina’s legislature – the date by which legislation must be approved by one legislative chamber in order to be considered for the

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Congratulations JUSTICE Ketanji Brown Jackson

by WREN Staff on Apr 7, 2022

South Carolina Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network Congratulates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on Nomination to Supreme Court   COLUMBIA, SC – Ann Warner, WREN CEO released the following statement on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Nomination:   “Today marks a historic moment not just for our nation, but for gender justice.  Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will be the

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Pro-Truth SC Coalition Condemns the Fast-Tracking of an Educational Censorship Bill

by SC Pro Truth Coalition on Apr 1, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC— The South Carolina Pro-Truth in Ed Coalition will host a press conference at the African-American History Monument at the statehouse this Saturday, April 2 at 11 AM. Members of the SC House of Representatives have fast-tracked a new committee bill that would censor the teaching of truthful history in SC classrooms without giving


Meet Katie!

by WREN Staff on Mar 16, 2022

Our nest is growing! Welcome, Katie Parris, WREN’s new Policy and Programs Assistant.  Where are you from? I am a lifelong resident of Spartanburg, SC. For the longest time, I wanted nothing more than to leave Spartanburg, but ended up falling in love with Wofford College where I completed my Bachelor’s degree. When it came

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Resource for Journalists Reporting on Abortion 

by WREN Staff on Mar 11, 2022

Media coverage of reproductive health care that is accurate and comprehensive can help reduce misinformation surrounding abortion care. The following resource, compiled by the South Carolina Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network, offers medically accurate, easy-to-understand guidance for reporting on abortion in South Carolina. Background: Abortion Access in South Carolina in 2022 Amid nationwide threats to

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WREN Statement in Opposition to H.4608 

by Ashley Crary Lidow, MPH on Mar 10, 2022

Presented to the House Education K-12 subcommittee on March 10, 2022  Thank you, Chairwoman Felder, and members of the subcommittee, for the opportunity to testify today. My name is Ashley Lidow, she/her, and I am the Director of Policy and Government Relations for the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with a

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Melissa Moore Testimony on School Censorship Bills

by Melissa Moore on Mar 2, 2022

On Tuesday, March 1, 2022 the House Education Committee heard testimony  Melissa Moore, a community advocate and WREN’s Lowcountry Manager gave the testimony below:  Thank you for your commitment to hearing public testimony. I’ve been in other hearings this session where the public was silenced, which feels like a grave threat to the democratic process.

Health and Education

How to Advocate Against the Healthcare Discrimination Bill (H.4776)

by WREN Staff on Feb 23, 2022

Tomorrow, February 24th, the House Special Laws subcommittee will hear the House version of the healthcare discrimination bill after the House adjourns. H.4776, the so-called “Medical Ethics and Diversity Act,” would allow health care professionals to discriminate against their patients and refuse to provide them care. This dangerous and far-reaching bill permits any person participating

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Palentine’s Day 2022

by WREN Staff on Feb 9, 2022

Palentine’s Day is almost here and we’re celebrating by loving your rights!   What’s Palentine’s Day? It’s like Valentine’s Day, but for friends! Celebrated on February 13, it’s a day to honor our platonic soul mates and the love we have for them. And who’s WREN’s Palentine? You are! We celebrate your friendship on Palentine’s