Racism motivates the prosecution of an abortion doctor accused of murdering a woman and seven babies at his “house of horrors”, according to his defense attorney, who likened the prosecution to “a lynching.”

“This is a targeted, elitist and racist prosecution of a doctor who’s done nothing but give (back) to the poor and the people of West Philadelphia,” attorney Jack McMahon told the jury yesterday, per the local ABC affiliate. “It’s a prosecutorial lynching of Dr. Kermit Gosnell.”

Gosnell is accused of killing babies after they were born alive, sometimes using scissors to cut the spinal cords of the viable infants.

“I learned it from Dr. Gosnell,” one medical assistant testified of the “snipping” technique. “I could remember a good ten times I did it.”

One woman claims that Gosnell forced her to go through with an abortion she didn’t want. “When I said no, the doctor got upset and he ended up taking my clothes off, hitting me, my legs were tied to the stirrups,” Robyn Reid said, per ABC. “I just remember my very last thought … looking up at the light and thinking, ‘Don’t fall asleep.’”

A grand jury indictment described the clinic as a “house of horrors.”