By Jay Rogers
Published January 1, 1983
victim (vic’ tim) noun
- a person who suffers from a destructive or injurious action or agency: a victim of an automobile accident.
- a person who is deceived or cheated, as by his or her own emotions or ignorance, by the dishonesty of others, or by some impersonal agency: a victim of misplaced confidence; the victim of a swindler; a victim of an optical illusion.
- a person or animal sacrificed or regarded as sacrificed: war victims.
- a living creature sacrificed in religious rites.
Origin: 1490–1500; < Latin victima sacrificial animal
Why do we refer to the “victims of abortion”?
I write as an eyewitness to women injured by abortion. From 1993 to 1999, I owned and lived in a house across the street from the infamous Aware Woman abortion mill. In one 18 month period, I witnessed five women being taken to the hospital due to injuries suffered at the hands of butchers. From the time that Patricia-Baird Windle opened an abortion clinic in 1976 to the time of it’s closing in 1999, countless thousands of babies were killed. But many women were also victims of injury and one even died. We chronicle here only the ones that were reported. But this butchery is endemic to the entire murder industry in the United States and the world. It is our hope that women would truly be aware of the dangers of “safe and legal” abortion.
Who are the victims of abortion?
Primarily, it is the unborn child who dies at the hands of at least one murdering parent and the killer physician who has violated the first principle of the Hyppocratic oath:
I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone.
I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion.
- The Hyppocratic Oath
Secondarily, it is the women who suffer injury and death as a result of abortion. But make no mistake here. Although millions of women have suffered from an abortion-related injury – like the “victim” of an automobile accident – no imputation of innocence is implied here. According to Romans 1:18-32, each of us knows that God exists. we know that killing an unborn child is a serious crime against God and nature. Abortionists, aborting parents and their accomplices are able to deny this natural revelation, not out of ignorance, but only because they “suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them” (Romans 1:18,19).
In a popular sense, the word “victim” implies a person who has been deceived or cheated. While this is certainly true of the women who have been injured or killed by abortion, we must be careful that we don’t fall prey to the mindset of “victimization.” I wrote an article entitled The Freudian Cult of Victimization that describes how this wrong idea of “innocent victims” has permeated our society and culture. While we should grieve for the millions of women who have been injured or even killed by “safe and legal” abortion, in no way should we excuse the sin of murder and it’s natural consequences.
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