GRANITE CITY, Ill. -- Dr. Hector Zevallos, who last summer was held captive with his wife by three anti-abortion zealots, says he wants state kidnapping charges filed against the trio.
Zevallos, owner of an abortion clinic, said in an interview published Monday in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch his abductors should be punished.
'I would like to see the kidnapping charges because it was the most violent, the most severe form of violent act they committed against us,' he said.
The men -- Don Benny Anderson, Matthew Moore and his brother, Wayne - have been convicted on federal charges of attempting or conspiring to obstruct interstate commerce by threats of violence.
Anderson, 42, of Pearland, Texas, was sentenced in February to 30 years in prison. The Moore brothers, both of New Caney, Texas, are awaiting sentencing.
In the interview, Zevallos said he would keep open his Hope Clinic for Women in Granite City, where abortions are performed.
He said the abduction did not change his conviction 'that legal abortion is so much better than illegal abortion.'
Zevallos, 54, and his wife, Rosalie Jean, 46, were abducted Aug. 12 from their home near Edwardsville. They were bound and gagged for most of their captivity and released a week later.
The experience was so emotionally trying that Mrs. Zevallos has moved out of the house, the doctor said.
'As long as she's out of the area, she's OK,' he told the Post-Dispatch. 'But she doesn't even want to stay in the St. Louis area at all.'