Eric Rudolph Will Explain Bombings at Olympics, Abortion Businesses

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 12, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 12
, 2005

Atlanta, GA ( — Eric Rudolph, who is expected to plead guilty Wednesday to bombing the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, two abortion facilities and a nightclub is expected to explain why he planted the bombs. The explanation, however, is not expected at tomorrow’s hearings.

Bill Bowen, a Rudolph attorney, said his client would only answer the yes or now questions when he appears before a judge.

"I think Mr. Rudolph will say that’s what the government could prove if they went to trial," Bowen told the Associated Press. "It’s mainly just ‘yes’ and ‘no’ questions."

After he pleads guilty, Rudolph is expected to expound on his rationale for the bombings in a written statement.

Media outlets such as the Associated Press and Washington Post wrote news stories Friday on the Rudolph plea and claimed he was an "anti-abortion bomber."

That profile falls in line with the thoughts of pro-abortion groups who want to connect Rudolph to legitimate pro-life organizations.

The National Abortion Federation, a trade group for abortion businesses, claims Rudolph is associated with "a network of [pro-life] extremists who assist violent criminals."

However, some believe Rudolph committed the bombings because he is a member of an isolated religious sect that also targets churches that don’t agree with its agenda.

Rudolph had no ties to the pro-life community and wasn’t a member of any pro-life organizations.

That’s the case with other criminals who have engaged in similar acts of violence against abortion practitioners or businesses according to Jack Killorin, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Killorin told Life Advocate magazine in September 1992, "Overwhelmingly, the fires tend to be the work of a loner. A lot of these people convicted have never had any visible or traceable connection to anti-abortion activity."

"[Investigators have uncovered] no sign of support from anti-abortion organizations for this kind of activity," Killorin added, saying many of the bombers "rejected" the work of pro-life groups.

One of the two abortion facility bombings occur at a Birmingham, Alabama abortion business and killed a security guard and injured a staff member.

Rudolph has agreed to accept four consecutive life sentences in prison in exchange for not being subjected to the death penalty.