Whatever Happened to the Human Race?

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Crossway Books, 1983 - Social Science - 176 pages
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"If a mother can kill her own children, then what can be next?" Mother Teresa once asked.

What indeed?

Once the value of human life has been depreciated, as in Roe v. Wade and the Baby Doe Case, no one is safe. Once "quality of life" is substituted for the absolute value of human life itself, we all are endangered. Already respected scientists are calling for a time period following birth (a week or so) to decide if newborns have "sufficient quality of life" to be allowed to live. Already committees of "medical professionals" would like to decide whether the "quality of life" of the elderly or anyone seriously ill is high enough to allow them to go on living.

In this moving book, the renowned pediatric surgeon and Surgeon General of the United States, C. Everett Koop, M.D., joins with one of the leading Christian thinkers of our day, Francis A. Schaeffer, to analyze the widespread implications and frightening loss of human rights brought on by today's practices of abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia. They see the present as a crucial turning point. Choices are being made that undermine human rights at their most basic level. Practices once labeled "unthinkable" are now considered acceptable. The destruction of human life, young and old, is being sanctioned on an ever-increasing scale by the medical profession, by the courts, by parents, and by silent citizens.

"But what can I do?" you ask. "I'm just one person." You can start by reading this book. Yes, it will shock you. And it will make you weep. But it will also help you see how you can actually make a difference.

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One of the leading Christian thinkers of our day, Francis A. Schaeffer, and renowned pediatric surgeon, C. Everett Koop, M.D., analyze the widespread implications and frightening loss of human rights ... Read full review

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A call to action, this book pleads with people to recognize the value and sacredness of all life. It puts forth the argument that as a special creation of God, people are not to be thrown away lightly ... Read full review

Contents

The Slaughter of the Innocents
29
Death by Someones Choice
54
The Basis for Human Dignity
78
Copyright

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Recognized internationally for his work in Christianity and culture, Francis A. Schaeffer authored more than twenty books, which have been translated into a score of languages and sold millions worldwide. He and his wife, Edith, founded L'Abri Fellowship international study and discipleship centers. Schaeffer passed away in 1984, but his influence and legacy continue worldwide.

C. EVERETT KOOP is currently the former Surgeon General of the United States. Before accepting the appointment he served as Surgeon-in-Chief of the Children's Hospital in Philadelphia where the entire Surgical Center is named in his honor. A pacesetter in the field of pediatric surgery, Dr. Koop has developed many new and highly successful procedures in surgery of the newborn. he is well known as an author in the field of medical ethics and was founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery.

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