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2012 Heroines and Ignorant Legislators Year in Review

by Hello Ladies, posted to Just for Fun

Throughout the year, Hello Ladies highlights the "Heroines of the Week" making news for all the right reasons, as well as the "Ignorant Legislators of the Week," making news for all the wrong reasons. Here's who made our lists in 2012.


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Ignorant Legislators: Iowa Supreme Court

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The Iowa Supreme Court ruled 7-0 that "an employee who has not engaged in flirtatious conduct may be lawfully terminated simply because the boss views the employee as an irresistible attraction.”

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Ignorant Legislator: Richard Mourdock

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Indiana State Treasurer and Republican nominee for U.S. Senate Richard Mourdock said, "Even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

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Ignorant (would-be) Legislator: Tom Smith

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Smith caused a post-Akin uproar yesterday when he compared pregnancy outside of wedlock to rape.

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Ignorant Legislator: Todd Akin

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During his Senate race, Rep. Todd Akin explaining why he was anti-choice, said, "If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

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Ignorant Legislator: Senator Glenn Grothman

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Senator Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin, while discussing the gender-based wage gap, said money isn’t as important to women as it is to men.

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Ignorant Legislator: Georgia Rep. Terry England

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Georgia Representative Terry England, while debating an abortion bill, spoke about his experiences delivering calves and pigs dead and alive and how it broke his heart.

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Heroine: Rep. Gwen Moore

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Representative Gwen Moore of Wisconsin spoke on the House floor in support of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and shared her own experience of being raped saying, “This is what American women are facing.”

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Heroine: Ohio State Senator Nina Turner

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State Senator Nina Turner proposed legislation that,”would guide men to make the right decision for their bodies" and seek second opinions on erectile dysfunction medicine.

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Heroines: Illinois State Rep Kelly Cassidy

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Ttired of politicians deciding women were incapable of making their own decisions, State Representative Cassidy said men seeking Viagra should be required to watch a video showing a common and painful side effect of the drug.

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Heroine: Georgia Representative Yasmin Neal

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After a week of men talking about men who were trying to write laws about women, Georgia Representative Yasmin Neal has introduced House Bill HB 1116, which would seek to criminalize vasectomies.

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Ignorant Legislator: Congressman Darrel Issa

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House Oversight Committee Chairman Congressman Darrell Issa held an all-male hearing about contraception.

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Ignorant Legislator: Senator Roy Blunt

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Senator Roy Blunt, created legislation that would allow an employer to exclude any health service from the coverage they provide based on any religious beliefs or moral convictions.

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Ignorant Legislator: Virginia'sTodd Gilbert

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Virginia House Deputy Majority Leader Todd Gilbert said about abortions, “the vast majority of these cases are matters of lifestyle convenience.”

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Ignorant Legislator: Rick Santorum

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Santorum opposed women in combat because, "men might be distracted from their mission by their ‘natural instinct’ to protect women.”

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Heroine: Oklahoma State Senator Constance Johnson

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Johnson proposed an amendment to a personhood bill that would criminalize some ejaculation. Johnson wrote in the Guardian that she offered the amendment, “to draw attention to the absurdity, duplicity and lack of balance inherent in the policies of this state in regard to women.”

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Heroine: Virginia State Senator Janet Howell

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Virginia State Senator Janet Howell proposed an amendment requiring men undergo rectal exams and cardiac stress tests before getting Viagra, to a bill requiring women get ultrasounds before an abortion.

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Ignorant Legislator: Governor Chris Christie

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While stumping for former Governor Mitt Romney, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie responded to a female heckler saying, “You know, something might go down tonight, but it ain’t going to be jobs, sweetheart.”

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