Died: C. Everett Koop, Surgeon General Who Taught Evangelicals To Hate Abortion
C. Everett Koop, the Christian physician and former U.S. Surgeon General who brought abortion to the forefront of evangelical social action, died today at 96.
Together with theologian Francis Schaeffer (they met when Koop operated on Schaeffer's daughter), Koopâ€”a pioneering pediatric surgeonâ€”exposed the issues of abortion and euthanasia in a series of films and books in the early 1980s. Their arguments began the movement against abortion that continues within American evangelicalism today.