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Domestic Violence
For the past decade, Nevada has been in the top five states with the highest per-capita murder rates in domestic violence instances. At the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, there are sixteen police detectives trained to handle domestic violence situations; however, there are on average 200 phone calls every day to LVMP reporting domestic violence instances. Nevada NOW supports legislation that provides more funding for domestic violence shelters, prevention programs and police trained in handling domestic violence situations.

Ecofeminism
There is no debate. Global climate change is here. The earth is getting very hot, very quickly. So, what does this have to do with feminism? Everything. Learn now more about ecofeminism, global climate change, and what you can do about global warming »

Equal Rights for Gay and Lesbian Americans
NOW is committed to fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in all areas, including employment, housing, public accommodations, health services, child custody and military policies. NOW is committed to educational efforts that combat the adverse effects of homophobia, promote positive images in the media and ultimately ensure civil rights protection for all. NOW asserts the right of lesbians to live their lives with dignity and security, and the rights of equal marriage for all.

Nevada NOW also supports the extension of insurance benefits to unmarried couples those couples prohibited from marrying.

Equal Pay
Women in Nevada earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. This adds up to thousands of dollars a year for the average woman. Nevada NOW feels this pay discrepancy is exacerbated by the low level of pay earned by those working in fields typically comprised of women, like teachers and social workers. For example, the median teacher’s pay in Nevada is in the lowest ten percent in the country, and the average teacher’s pay is less than $40,000 per year. By contrast, workers in fields dominated by men, like police work, firefighting and other first responders, have seen their pay increase in recent years in Nevada. The average pay for a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer is nearly $100,000 (including overtime) per year. Nevada NOW supports pay increases for teachers and other public employees who work in careers predominately held by women.

Parental Consent Laws
Parental consent laws do more harm than good. Learn why »

Pharmacist Refusal
Presently, there is no law in Nevada that would require a pharmacist to fill an emergency contraception or birth control prescription. Pharmacist refusal is an increasing problem across the country, according to the National Women's Law Center. In Nevada, there are legislators who would like to allow pharmacists to refuse to fill valid prescriptions written by doctors.. Nevada NOW is opposed to mandatory counseling or waiting periods for abortion. Learn more »

Sexual Assault
Nevada ranks fourth in the nation for the number of sexual assaults per capita. Nevada NOW supports increased efforts in prevention of sexual assault, education about sexual assault, and funding institutions that help victims deal with sexual assault like rape crisis centers and health care facilities.

Teen Pregnancy
According to the Guttmacher Institute, Nevada ranks first in the number of teen pregnancies per capita in the country. Nevada NOW feels that the legislature should require schools to teach a full range of sexual health topics, including condom use among other birth control and safe sex measures. There are many schools in Nevada that teach “abstinence only.”