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Letter from Carl Levin, United States Senate to C. Everett Koop pdf (84,635 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Carl Levin, United States Senate to C. Everett Koop
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1981-11-02 (November 2, 1981)
Levin, Carl
United States Senate
Koop, C. Everett
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Congenital Birth Defects and the Medical Rights of Children: The "Baby Doe" Controversy
Metadata Record Letter from C. Everett Koop to Carl Levin, United States Senate (November 5, 1981) pdf (115,463 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Folder: Confirmation as Surgeon General: Background information, 1981 Sep
November 2, 1981
Dear Dr. Koop:
I am writing concerning your article "The Sanctity of Life", which appeared in the Journal of the Medical Society of New Jersey in January of 1978. Since I am not a member of the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee and did not have an opportunity to ask any questions regarding your nomination during the hearings, I thought you might be willing to respond to my inquiry prior to the Senate vote on your nomination.
In the article you made the following closing statement:
There is much, much more that I could say but I would close by indicating to you that the way we are going is the way that Germany went before Hitler. At the close of World War I Germany was in a despondent state; although abortion was illegal in Germany it was widely practiced. There arose from that liberal thinking the euthenasia movement and it was not long before the mentally ill, the retarded, criminals, and defective babies were being gassed and then destroyed by cremation. Eventually, this destruction extended to patients with tuberculosis, to amputees, and to those with senility. Two-hundred sixty-seven thousand people were destroyed this way in Germany before Hitler came to power. It could have never happened if the medical profession had not been in the forefront of its advocacy.
Could you produce for me documented evidence in support of your concluding remarks? Thank you in advance for your prompt response to this rather urgent request.
Carl Levin
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