What We’re Working On Now

The 124th session of the South Carolina General Assembly started on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. In this legislative session WREN will continue to protect the health, economic well-being, and rights of women, girls, and gender-expansive people in South Carolina.

WREN’s Legislative Agenda 2021-2022

WREN is committed to advancing the health, economic opportunity, and rights of women, girls, and their families in South Carolina. WREN promotes policies that will help ensure South Carolina’s women and girls have every opportunity to live up to their full potential, which will in turn strengthen families, communities, and the overall well-being of our state.

Policy Priority

Paid Family Leave for State Employees (H. 3560)

This bill would provide state employees with 12 weeks of paid family leave for the birth, adoption or foster care of a child. Paid family leave is crucial to supporting working families’ economic security and promoting gender equity in workplaces. No one should have to risk their job or face financial loss when they need to welcome a new child.

Policy Priority

Act to Establish Pay Equity (H. 3183)

This bill would make pay discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin or disability illegal in South Carolina.

Partner Bill

Paid Sick Leave Act (H.3469)

This bill would provide earned paid sick leave to employees statewide.

Partner Bill

Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act (H.3225)

This bill would require hospitals, birthing centers, and any primary care health clinics in the state that deliver perinatal care to implement an evidence-based implicit bias program for all health care providers involved in the perinatal care of patients within those facilities.

Partner Bill

South Carolina Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (H.3188)

This bill prohibits on the basis of sex paying wages to employees of one sex at a lesser rate than the rate paid to employees of the opposite sex for comparable work in jobs which require the same, or essentially the same, knowledge, skill, effort, and responsibility.

In Opposition

6-Week Abortion Ban (S.1)

S.1 is intended to ban abortion as early as 6 weeks, regardless of a pregnant person’s needs and circumstances. Passing such a ban in South Carolina poses a serious threat to the health, freedom, and dignity of pregnant people. This is a far-reaching bill drafted by extremist politicians whose goal is to eliminate all abortion in South Carolina.