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Remembering the Birmingham abortion clinic bombing

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The scene of the bombing 15 years ago. Source: WBRC file video The scene of the bombing 15 years ago. Source: WBRC file video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Fifteen years ago today a Birmingham abortion clinic was bombed by Eric Rudolph, killing a Birmingham police offier and badly injuring a nurse at the clinic.

It was early in the morning when the pipe bomb exploded while off-duty officer Sandy Sanderson was escorting nurse Emily Lyons into the building.

Lyons suffered major injuries and her husband, Jeff, says she has had 30 operations as a result. Lyons stayed in the hospital for a week after the bombing and Jeff doesn't believe she will ever fully recover from those injuries.

Even now he still questioned what could have motivated Rudolph to take such drastic steps.

"I don't take any pleasure he is going to die in prison. Whereas he seems to be proud of this. He seems to be proud of the suffering he has caused. He seems to be pleased with the pain he has inflicted on people," Jeff Lyons said.

Rudolph remains in a maximum security prison in Colorado and earlier this year announced plans to write an autobiography.

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