Nurse still healing 20 years after fatal abortion clinic blast


WVTM13’S JON PAEPCKE SAT DOWN WITH THE NURSE STILL HEALING FROM THE BLAST. JON: 20 YEARS AGO THIS MORNING, EMILY LYONS WAS WALKING IN TO THE ABORTION CLINIC WHERE SHE WORKED AS A NURSE. BIRMINGHAM POLICE OFFICER ROBERT SANDERSON WAS STANDING GUARD OUTSIDE.>>SOFT SPOKEN. DID HIS JO HE DID NOT AGREE WITH CHOICE, BUT HE KNEW THAT PEOPLE NEEDED TO BE PROTECTED. JON: SANDERSON SPOTTED A SUSPICIOUS OBJECT HIDDEN IN A FLOWER POT NEAR THE DOOR.>>TOLD ME TO BACK UP. OBVIOUSLY I DID NOT BACK UP ENOUGH. WHEN HE WENT OUT WITH HIS NIGHT STICK, THAT IS WHEN RUDOLPH PUSHED THE BUTTON FROM ACROSS THE STREET. JON: THE BLAST KILLED OFFICER SANDERSON INSTANTLY. LYONS SPENT THE NEXT 8 WEEKS IN THE HOSPITAL.>>THE INITIAL INJURIES WERE CATASTROPHIC MY LEGS, ALL MY SKIN WAS BLOWN OFF THE FRONT OF THEM. JON: ERIC ROBERT RUDOLPH WAS LATER CHARGED IN THE FATAL BOMBING. LYONS FACED HIM AT HIS FEDERAL GUILTY PLEA HEARING IN 2005.>>HE DIDN’T SHUT ME UP. HE MADE ME A LOUDER, STRONGER PERSON. AND I JUST WANTED HIM TO SEE THAT FOR ME. JON: THE NEW WOMAN ALL WOMEN CLINIC QUICKLY REOPENED AFTER THE BOMBIN POOR DOWN IN 2016, AN EMPTY LOT NOW SITS WHERE OFFICER SANDERSON PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE. ERIC ROBERT RUDOLPH IS SERVING MULTIPLE LIFE SENTENCES IN A MAXIMUM SECURITY FEDERAL PRISON. COMING UP AT 6:00, YOU’LL HEAR

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