Public Mourns Clinic Bombing Victim’s Death
Hundreds of police officers assembled at the Homewood Church of Christ for the funeral of Birmingham Officer Robert Sanderson, the first casualty of abortion clinic bombings in the United States. Sanderson, an eight-year member of the Birmingham police department, worked off-duty as a clinic security guard. “When a police officer dies everyone suffers. We have to pull together,” said Birmingham police officer James Hickey.
Emily Lyons, the clinic’s head nurse and counselor, was also injured during the explosion of the nail and gunpowder-filled bomb. Lyons, who remains in the hospital, lost her left eye and suffered injuries to her face, legs and abdomen.
Feminist News Stories on Clinic Violence
Media Resources: Reuters, AP - February 3, 1998