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Special Segment (Choosing The Doctor) #517223

NBC Evening News for Friday, May 08, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Controversy surrounding President Reagan's selection of C. Everett Koop as Surgeon General examined; Koop's background recalled. [Representative Henry WAXMAN - thinks Koop is frightening elaborates.] Koop's refusal to answer critics and reticence to discuss situation by Health and Human Services Secretary Rich Schweiker, aide Lyn Nofziger and Senator Jesse Helms, noted; reaction to President's meeting with antiabortion spokesperson and their support for Koop recalled. Koop's past statements on screening of fetuses for genetic defects, family planning programs and pro-abortion statements by Protestant denominations quoted on screen. Controversy to his role in film, "Whatever Happened to the Human Race", discussed; stills from movie shown, described. Koop's equation of abortion, euthanasia and Hitler's final solution noted. [Dr. Margaret BRIDWELL - thinks it sets women's health field back 20 years] Women and, Health Roundtable's concern over Koop as Surgeon General noted. [BRIDWELL - calls appointed a disaster.] Challenge to his credentials, in light of Surgeon General's authority, outlined; Koop's lack of public health experience cited. [American Public Health Association spokesperson Dr. William McBEATH - thinks Koop's appointed is affront due to his lack of qualification.] [National Right to Life Committee spokesperson Dr. J.C. WILLKE - responds to criticism of Koop.] Koop's age said holding up his nomination now; details given.

Chancellor, John

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