Health and Education

WREN aims to be a collective force in identifying and reducing disparities that lead to low health and education performance indicators statewide. WREN recognizes that the health and education of women and children is crucial in order to ensure statewide prosperity. We advocate for policies that lower the barriers that families, predominantly women and mothers, face when accessing services, resources, and rights. Reproductive health is a strong focus of our advocacy and education efforts, and is supported through the Be the Voice campaign.

Education is also critical to enhancing the opportunities that women and girls have in our state. WREN advocates for affordable access to high-quality education, from early childhood development through post-secondary education, training, and certifications. We also advocate for girls’ and young women’s exposure and training to non-traditional career opportunities. We work to improve the quality and accessibility of information that will enable young people to delay pregnancy, protect their health, and increase their opportunities.

SC Pregnancy Accommodations Act Passed

SC Lactation Support Act Passed

Legislative Agenda

Policy Priority

In Vitro Fertilization Protection Act

In response to the recent Alabama Supreme Court ruling, new South Carolina bills clarify that fertilized human eggs or embryos outside the uterus are not considered human beings under state law. WREN supports protecting IVF as part of our commitment to comprehensive healthcare access. In addition to providing clarity, the legislation also reinforces individuals’ right to decide on pregnancy and parenting.

Policy Priority

Reproductive Freedom Bill of Rights Act (S. 29, H.3911)

The Reproductive Freedom Bill of Rights Act is a bold commitment to improving the health and lives of South Carolinians. The bills (S.29 & H. 3911 ) would repeal existing restrictions on abortion care and affirm the rights to contraception, in vitro fertilization, sex education, and all other forms of reproductive health care. Full access to reproductive health care is essential for the health, education, economic security, and equality of all South Carolinians. 

Policy Priority

passed

Decriminalize Self-Managed Abortion

South Carolina is currently one of only two states that criminalizes self-managed abortion. The threat of criminalization unfairly targets marginalized communities and can lead to wrongful punishment for common pregnancy outcomes such as miscarriage. Safe, effective abortion options including self-managed abortion should be widely available and not criminalized.

In Opposition

Abortion Bans (S.240, H.3490, H.3549, H.3552, S.366, H. 3774, S.474)

The rights to control our own bodies and personal health care decisions are fundamental to our health, dignity, and freedom. People, not politicians, should be in control of those decisions. When people can make decisions about their own reproductive health care, they are healthier and more economically secure. Access to safe abortion is an essential part of health care and medically unjustified bans put lives and families in danger.

In Opposition

Bans on Gender Affirming Care (S.243, S.274, H.3551, H.3730)

The rights to control our own bodies and personal health care decisions are fundamental to our health, dignity, and freedom. People, not politicians, should be in control of those decisions. WREN will fight against legislation that threatens the freedom for individuals and families to make personal decisions for themselves and medical decisions with their doctors.