Jack McMahon, Kermit Gosnell’s defense attorney, told the jury during closing arguments in the abortionist’s trial that the description of Gosnell’s clinic as a “house of horrors” is a “political press fabrication.”
According to the Associated Press, McMahon showed jurors pictures of a neat waiting room and other areas of Gosnell’s clinic, providing them as proof that the “house of horrors” designation was a misnomer.
McMahon also repeated what he said in his opening remarks that the case against his client is an elitist and racist prosecution against Gosnell, 72, who is black.
Gosnell is charged with killing four babies allegedly born alive and “snipping” their spinal cords to cause their deaths after birth during abortion procedures. He is also accused of the overdose death of a 41 year-old patient.
McMahon has argued that there were no live births at Gosnell’s clinic, and found some support from a prosecution witness, Philadelphia’s medical examiner, Dr. Sam Gulino, who examined 47 aborted fetuses stored in freezers at the clinic. Gulino said he could not definitively say if any of the babies had breathed because the lung tissue had deteriorated.
Former employees of Gosnell’s, however, testified that they saw aborted babies move, breathe, or even cry. McMahon countered that they had witnessed post-mortem spasms.
“I wanted to be an effective, positive force in the minority community,” Gosnell has said.