The Missionary Doctor

After a career of nearly 30 years as one of the nation's leading pediatric surgeons, Dr. C. Everett Koop was nearing retirement age in the mid-1970s when he decided that the fight against abortion was as important as the effort to save lives on the operating table. A devout evangelical Christian, Koop poured out his prolife passions in two books, five educational films and a nationwide lecture tour. His style of argument was anything but dispassionate: in one film segment, Koop looked over a sea of naked dolls symbolizing aborted fetuses, and proclaimed, "I am standing on the site of Sodom,...