Carroll Blasts Lingle on Pro-Abortion Stance
HONOLULU—April 5, 2012–John Carroll addressed the Oahu League of Republican Women during their luncheon at Waialae Country Club. Departing from his usual jovial style, John Carroll held up a recently published article by Lingle that re-affirmed her pro-choice stand.
Carroll said, “I am also deeply committed to women s rights, but I do not believe that killing an unborn child should be one of the ‘choices’ available to them.”
John Carroll then related his personal story of raising a child born premature at just 27 weeks, and being told by doctors that simply “pulling the plug” was the best choice for everyone. Carroll, who had been an ardent pro-choice advocate up until then, converted to pro-life as he watched his daughter grow up to be a productive and intelligent young woman. This was a child that the conventional wisdom of the time suggested he discard.
Carroll told the attendees, “Pro-choice sounds so empowering and noble, but how would you feel about it if we called it what it is…pro-death?”
Lingle, at times in her recent articles, sounds like she is backing MoveOn.org in their criticism of the presumed “Republican war on women.”
“It pains me deeply to see members of my own party attempting to legislate women’s health and contraception choices,” wrote Lingle.
According to Carroll this sounds like the standard rebuttal from the far left as they try to explain the justification for socialized medicine and ObamaCare. He criticized Lingle for apparently backing the Obama administration’s attempt to impose control over religious organizations.
The constitutional test of that issue is now before the Supreme Court. Lingle, when asked by reporters if she supported ObamaCare, refused to answer. Carroll is strongly opposed on the grounds that forcing individuals to buy health insurance and infringement on the separation of church and state are both unconstitutional.
Lingle’s attempt to be a “bi-partisan” or “moderate” candidate is chaffing at traditional Republicans who , while they see her as a strong candidate in the General election against, Hirono or Case; are starting to wonder if her election would really be a Republican victory at all.
Lingle’s shrill anti-conservative rhetoric such as, “women are being degraded to little more than a political pawn in their year’s election cycle,” is making her sound more like a liberal Democrat than a Republican. This together with commentary by liberals like Colleen Hanabusa are making Republicans uncomfortable with their “frontrunner.”
“Lingle has to distance (herself) from the crazy position of the R’s or she has no chance in Hawaii,” said Hanabusa, in a recent StarAdvertiser article.
“Is pro-life, and separation of church and state….crazy?” asked Carroll. “How do you feel about a candidate who thinks your principled defense of the U.S. Constitution is…crazy?”
Carroll then quoted Lingle again. “When election year rhetoric subsides and we take the time to thoroughly and respectfully debate all of these issue…”
“Linda, the people deserve to hear this ‘thorough and respectful’ debate now, before they vote…not somewhere down the road,” said Carroll, referring to Lingle’s refusal to attend any debates during the Republican primary.