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November 5, 2009

C. Everett Koop's Letter Shuts Down Reid's Office

His letter was protesting federally funded abortion under health care legislation.

An unstamped letter from former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop caused a security scare when Capitol Police shut down Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s for 45 minutes office yesterday.

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Koop's letter, addressed to Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, protested federal funding of abortion in health care legislation.

"More specifically, I am troubled about the possibility of federal dollars being used to pay for elective abortions and Americans being forced to subsidize them," Koop wrote. "I firmly believe that strong protections must be included in this legislation so that health care providers are not forced to participate in abortions against their will."

Roll Call reports that the letter was stampless with "C. Everett Koop" written in the upper-left corner, and staffers reported it as a suspicious package to the police.

Reached at his home Wednesday, Koop confirmed that he wrote a few “beautifully typed” pages on his views of the health care legislation. The fact that it caused a Capitol Hill scare is “nonsense,” he said.

“I wasn’t aware that sending a hand-delivered letter was an offense,” he said, later adding: “I did it over a weekend. I don’t have a lot of secretarial help and I’m 93.”

Koop wrote in his letter that a Hyde-like amendment, which bars most federal funding for abortion, should be included in any health care bill.

"I believe that including this legislative language is necessary to ensure the elective abortions are not financed either directly through a public plan or indirectly through federal subsidies provided to purchase health insurance through state exchanges," he wrote. "I also find it troubling that the legislation requires all state exchanges to offer at least one health plan that includes abortion coverage - no other federal health plan has that specific requirement today."

Koop, now a professor at Dartmouth Medical School, was Reagan administration's surgeon general from January 1982 to October 1989 and is considered influential in moving evangelicals into the pro-life camp.

(h/t Kathryn Jean Lopez)

Comments

What is this article doing in CT? Amusing, but irrelevant.

The man's 93 for goodness sake. I am surprised he could type it much less send it. However, I see no reason to fault the Capitol Police. After all, it could have been a ruse, so how would they know?

Dr. Koop has more integrity in his little finger than the whole mass of the present Federal Administration! Would that the government had more of the caliber of this fine American doctor, who was a true servant of the people. Ralph Gaily

I thought O'Bama said abortion would not be paid for by federal taxes through this health care plan congress is dreaming up. Now this article is saying it will be covered because "elective" option means as long as the person says they want it, they get it, it's open with no restrictions of late term abortion, etc. Gees, talk about "forked tongue" speaking, this legislation is worst than the abortion law now which has some time constraints in it. If any article belongs on a Christian website, this abortion legistration belongs here. Like I said O'Bama said abortion would not be paid by the taxpayer in this health plan, but it sure sounds like it to me. I also read in our local paper that abortion wouldn't be paid for by taxpayers but could be paid out of special monies or grants, something like that, offered or connected through this health plan. Where are the special monies or grants coming from if it's not taxpayer money. Thanks for this article. I thought taxpayer funding for the legal killing of the unborn without a trial wasn't going to be paid for through this health plan, but it sounds like it will be using tax payer money on the sly.

"O'Bama"
What are the birthers claiming he's Irish now?

LOL

Yes Topher. I heard he is the great Irish Anti-christ.

Dr. C. Everett Coop has the distincion of reminding evangelicals that LIFE is sacred. It should be celebrated and defended by everyone who claims to be Christian.

How is it that this article is amusing but has no place in CT? Actually, many of the movie & music critiques could be better left out of a Christian site. But a letter from a former Surgeon General who advocates for LIFE is definitely appropriate -- especially when a so-called healthcare bill is being pushed on Americans.

As for "birthers": these include attorneys, educators, congressmen, etc. These are not "flat-earthers". Obama has spent @ $2,000,000 to keep from proving his eligibility to be POA.

He could have spent $10 to produce his original long-form Birth Certificate - if in fact he is Constitutionally eligible to hold this office. Since he has fought so hard and spent so much money (using Department of Justice attorneys at taxpayer expense) to with-hold his records, thinking people have to wonder why.

Apostrophes aside, topher, Obama is actually Irish.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HplZ_taHXLM&feature=related
But no, he wasn't born in Ireland. Definitely born in the USA.

I think the story has great relevance for two reasons. First, it's C. Everett Koop's scoop on the healthcare bill. That's a former Surgeon General, so he knows more about health than I could learn in a dozen lifetimes, and he is extremely well-respected, especially in the Evangelical community.
Second, it's significant Harry Reid's office was shut down for 45 minutes by his hand-written letter. It speaks volumes about the ridiculousness of Reid's office that they would think a 93 year old man's hand-delivered letter is dangerous. It sounds like God has a providential sense of humor - ancient Koop gets the attention he deserves by an accident of fate.

I don't know what the birthers and Irish anti-christ remarks are about but I'm assuming they are related to the apostrophes I typed in Obama's name. My error, half my city is Irish and Polish ancestry and I typed in the apostrophes out of habit without thinking. Perhaps you guys should have brought my typing mistake up before you assumed I was making some name calling remark. Is there an Irish anti-Christ since I'm not Irish or Polish I don't know about his/her existence either and I've never heard any of my Irish friends and co-workers talk about an Irish anti-Christ. If you're talking about the devil, the devil doesn't care what parentage you are of, he/she just wants to own you. Perhaps he/she already owns you judging from your Irish and birthers remarks about typing mistakes. A little defensive over people's mistakes, are we.

@Allyce

Yeah people wonder indeed. Those with IQs of less than 100 apparently.

That birther movement was so nonsenical that it has done nothing more than once again proved that some Americans are some of the most stupid people to have ever graced the face of this blue orb

Oh, come on Carlos, Americans aren't any dumber than anybody else. Besides, it has more to do with calloused prejudice and rage than intelligence.

Incidentally, C. Everett Koop got his wish. Happy Stupak Amendment Day!

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