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Letter from C. Everett Koop to Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa, United States Senate pdf (66,113 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from C. Everett Koop to Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa, United States Senate
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1981-11-05 (November 5, 1981)
Koop, C. Everett
Hayakawa, Samuel Ichiye
United States Senate
Courtesy of C. Everett Koop.
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Abortion, Legal
Family Planning Services
Exhibit Category:
Reproduction and Family Health
Metadata Record Letter from Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa, United States Senate to C. Everett Koop (October 23, 1981) pdf (69,050 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Box Number: 7
Folder Number: 2
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Letters (correspondence)
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Series: Sequential Files
SubSeries: September 1981
Folder: Confirmation as Surgeon General: Background information, 1981 Sep
November 5, 1981
Dear Senator Hayakawa:
I have been traveling for the past 13 days speaking or representing the Public Health Service, hence, the delay in answering your letter of October 23.
I don't know what I can do to reassure you that I am a man of my word and that I have enough integrity to mean what I say. I have taken the position that I will not let my personal beliefs be used improperly in the performance of my job as Surgeon General.
There has been no situation in the eight months that I have been Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, where the Surgeon General plays any role in abortion decision-making. Insofar as amniocentesis is concerned, I do support it and particularly its outgrowth, fetoscopy, which I think represents one of the most exciting advances in the treatment of fetal disease. Having spent my life in the correction of anomalies of the newborn, I can see all sorts of possibilities with fetoscopy and I support its continued use as a research endeavor.
When I appeared before the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, I said that I believed in family planning, that I would support reproductive research and the search for new male and female contraceptives. I consider contraceptive research to be one of the great needs of this country and would like to see increased funding for such an endeavor.
I trust these straightforward brief answers are satisfactory. I would be more than pleased to sit down and discuss these matters with you at any time.
Sincerely yours,
C. Everett Koop, M. D.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health
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