Skip to main contentU.S. National Library of MedicineU.S. National Library of Medicine

Profiles in Science
Pinterest badge Follow Profiles in Science on Pinterest!

The C. Everett Koop Papers

Memorandum from Henry J. Hyde, United States House of Representatives to John E. Porter pdf (67,597 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Memorandum from Henry J. Hyde, United States House of Representatives to John E. Porter
Number of Image Pages:
1 (67,597 Bytes)
1981-07-13 (July 13, 1981)
Hyde, Henry J.
United States House of Representatives
Porter, John E.
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Abortion, Legal
Exhibit Category:
Biographical Information
Metadata Record Letter from Henry J. Hyde, United States House of Representatives to C. Everett Koop (August 3, 1981) pdf (102,396 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Box Number: 5
Folder Number: 6
Unique Identifier:
Document Type:
Physical Condition:
Series: Sequential Files
SubSeries: July 1981
Folder: Confirmation as Surgeon General, 1981 Jul-Sep
July 13, 1981
Dear John:
I have never asked you for a "personal favor", but I am now!
Discharge Petition # 5 is on behalf of H. R. 3154, which seeks to eliminate the discriminatory age limit for membership in the Public Health Service.
The Reagan Administration seeks to appoint Dr. C. Everett Koop as Surgeon General, but since he just attained his 64th birthday, under present law he cannot be appointed to the P.H.S., and this is an essential pre-condition to eligibility for Surgeon General.
Now everyone is against anachronistic age limitations -- but the real opposition to Dr. Koop arises from the fact that he is "pro-life".
An abbreviated version of his biography is enclosed. A casual reading will convince you that he is one of the great medical achievers of our time, and the fact that his view on the issue of abortion is the same as President Reagan's and Secretary Schweiker's should not disqualify him.
I know many Members say "I don't sign discharge petitions" -- but once in a while a matter of principle ought to outweigh a matter of procedure. This, surely, is such a time.
As of today we have about 160 signatures.
Will you help? Please? Today?
Many thanks,
Henry J. Hyde
Metadata Last Modified Date:
Linked Data:
RDF/XML     JSON     JSON-LD     N3/Turtle     N-Triples