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John Carroll’s Pro-Life Commitment

John at the Pro Life rally at the State Capitol on January 22nd.

John Carroll is the only pro-life candidate among Hawaii’s contenders for the U.S. Senate seat. John was not always a pro-life advocate. As a member of Hawaii’s State Legislature, John voted in support of Roe v. Wade, and pretty much subscribed to the prevailing definition of Pro-Choice as a women’s rights issue.

John’s transformation began when his daughter Dianne Sanae was born premature (only 27 weeks) weighing only one pound five ounces. Somewhere during the long days and nights spent caring for the child, reading Dr. Seuss books, John came to the realization that this fragile life that he was defending could have been legally aborted. At that point the abstract arguments about when life begins, and beliefs as to whose “rights” should protected became crystal clear.

Carroll and his wife were tested further when it was recommended by a majority of the attending physicians that they “pull the plug” on their premature child, and avoid the anticipated health issues that would surely arise. John refused, “I’m not going to kill my own kid.”

That was almost 30 years ago and time has proven the medical advice John was given to be totally wrong. Dianne Sanae has not only grown into an accomplished young woman, but has proven to be an invaluable contributor to our community. She is teaching autistic, hearing and speech challenged pre-schoolers as well as visiting with pre mature babies and working with the group that is nurturing children who have heart disease at Kapiolani Women’s and Children’s Hospital. At the very hospital where she was born, she now shares a special bond with the kids under her care.

John Carroll’s journey to his pro-life position was personal one, and one that has remained unwavering for 30 years. The line between a human life and unwanted pregnancy cannot be established arbitrarily. If John’s child, Dianne Sanae, could go on to prove the value of one human life, without meeting the current definition of someone protected by legal rights, then all children should have that chance as well.

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