by Steven Ertelt
April 13, 2005
Atlanta, GA (LifeNews.com) — Eric Rudolph will serve four consecutive life terms in prison for bombing two abortion businesses, the 1996 Olympics and a gay nightclub.
Abortion activists normally criticize some pro-life advocates for supporting the death penalty. However, the abortion facility staffer injured in the Birmingham, Alabama blast says the prison sentences are not enough and that Rudolph should be executed.
Emily Lyons told CNN that “for me, four life sentences in prison is not punishment enough.”
Lyons previously told the Associated Press she was "nauseated” that Rudolph was able to agree to a plea giving him four consecutive life sentences rather than the death penalty.
"We’ve always felt the death penalty is what he deserved. The punishment should fit the crime,” Lyons said. "It’s just a sickening feeling.”
Lyons said the penalty for murder "should be clear."
"Since [the bombing] will never be out of our life, physically or emotionally, there is no closure. This is just another page in the chapter for us," Lyons said.
Lyons sat as close to Rudolph as possible on Wednesday as he entered a guilty plea in the Birmingham case.
"It was chilling," she told MSNBC. "Sitting that close to someone who is a murderer, an admitted killer. He was very proud of himself today."
Lyons still faces more surgery in the future to remove shrapnel from the nail bomb Rudolph used at the abortion business. The bomb also killed a security guard.
She told MSNBC that she continues to live with the pain of her injuries and the memories of the bombing.
"Oh yeah, every day. I have surgery coming up again to remove shrapnel out of my neck and out of my face. Every day I get up, I see Rudolph in the mirror," Lyons said.
Lyons indicated she will never be able to forgive Rudolph.
"He can’t have it from me. He tried to kill me. He destroyed the life I had that day, so there is no forgiveness," she told NBC News.
Lyons will speak at Rudolph’s sentencing on July 18 and she said she will speak candidly about her feelings regarding him and the sentence.