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Victim: A Definition

By Jay Rogers
Published January 1, 1983

victim (vic’ tim) noun

  1. a person who suffers from a destructive or injurious action or agency: a victim of an automobile accident.
  2. 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.
  3. a person or animal sacrificed or regarded as sacrificed: war victims.
  4. 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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The Four Keys to the Millennium (Book)

Foundations in Biblical Eschatology

By Jay Rogers, Larry Waugh, Rodney Stortz, Joseph Meiring. High quality paperback, 167 pages.

All Christians believe that their great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will one day return. Although we cannot know the exact time of His return, what exactly did Jesus mean when he spoke of the signs of His coming (Mat. 24)? How are we to interpret the prophecies in Isaiah regarding the time when “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:19)? Should we expect a time of great tribulation and apostasy or revival and reformation before the Lord returns? Is the devil bound now, and are the saints reigning with Christ? Did you know that there are four hermeneutical approaches to the book of Daniel and Revelation?

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The dramatic classic film of Martin Luther’s life was released in theaters worldwide in the 1950s and was nominated for two Oscars. A magnificent depiction of Luther and the forces at work in the surrounding society that resulted in his historic reform efforts, this film traces Luther’s life from a guilt-burdened monk to his eventual break with the Roman Catholic Church.

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Dr. Francis Schaeffer - A Christian Manifesto (DVD)

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Dr. Schaeffer, who was one of the most influential Christian thinkers in the twentieth century, shows that secular humanism has displaced the Judeo-Christian consensus that once defined our nation’s moral boundaries. Law, education, and medicine have all been reshaped for the worse as a consequence. America’s dominant worldview changed, Schaeffer charges, when Christians weren’t looking.

Schaeffer lists two reasons for evangelical indifference: a false concept of spirituality and fear. He calls on believers to stand against the tyranny and moral chaos that come when humanism reigns-and warns that believers may, at some point, be forced to make the hard choice between obeying God or Caesar. A Christian Manifesto is a thought-provoking and bracing Christian analysis of American culture and the obligation Christians have to engage the culture with the claims of Christ.

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Go Stand Speak (DVD)

With “preaching to the lost” being such a basic foundation of Christianity, why do many in the church seem to be apathetic on this issue of preaching in highways and byways of towns and cities?

Is it biblical to stand in the public places of the world and proclaim the gospel, regardless if people want to hear it or not?

Does the Bible really call church pastors, leaders and evangelists to proclaim the gospel in the public square as part of obedience to the Great Commission, or is public preaching something that is outdated and not applicable for our day and age?

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God’s Law and Society powerfully presents a comprehensive worldview based upon the ethical system found in the Law of God.

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Sixteen Christian leaders and scholars answer some of the most common questions and misconceptions related to this volatile issue:

1. Are we under Law or under Grace?
2. Does the Old Testament Law apply today?
3. Can we legislate morality?
4. What are the biblical foundations of government?
5. Was America founded as a Christian nation?
6. What about the separation of Church and State?
7. Is neutrality a myth?
8. What about non-Christians and the Law of God?
9. Would there be “freedom” in a Christian republic?
10. What would a “Christian America” look like?

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