It’s a story that provokes disbelief, shock, and profound sadness.
The thought of a young woman burning and burying her own unborn child is unsettling, to say the least.
An act of such magnitude surely deserves scrutiny and raises questions about the values we hold as a society.
This is the story of 18-year-old Celeste Burgess from Nebraska, who recently received a 90-day jail sentence for her chilling actions.
Some might argue that the punishment is too harsh. Others might claim that it’s too lenient. Regardless of where you stand on this spectrum of opinion, one fact remains irrefutable: the life of a child was cut short, brutally extinguished before it had even begun.
More details on this stunning case below:
Nebraska teen sent to 90 days in jail over abortion https://t.co/r2wJphqhCj
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 21, 2023
She was almost EIGHT months pregnant. These asses like to pretend we are the extremist on abortion. The law in Nebraska at the time was 20 weeks. Instead the cheap mom used abortion pills not to be used after 11 weeks. This mofos don’t GAF about women. https://t.co/rPZL5hfMbS
— GOPPouncer (@Mellecon) July 22, 2023
If you’re tweeting that a Nebraska teen was sentenced to 90 days in jail for having an abortion you are actively spreading misinformation.
That little psycho was put in jail for ONLY 90 days despite killing her baby in the third trimester, setting it on fire and burying it.…
— Conservative Barbie 🇺🇸👱🏼♀️ (@awakenedbarbie) July 21, 2023
While the legal intricacies of the case entangle themselves with the complexities of abortion law in Nebraska, at the heart of the matter lies an act that, for many, defies comprehension. How could someone extinguish the life of their own baby?
And as debates continue to swirl around the severity of Burgess’s sentence, let’s not forget the one who paid the ultimate price – the unborn child, whose life was erased before it had a chance to flourish.
According to The Hill:
A Nebraska woman was sentenced to 90 days in jail Wednesday for burning and burying her aborted fetus.
Celeste Burgess, 18, pled guilty to charges of concealing or abandoning a body earlier this year. Her mother, Jessica Burgess, 42, already pled guilty to providing her daughter with pills for an illegal abortion and the burning and burying of the fetus earlier this month.
Burgess avoided two more misdemeanor charges of false reporting and concealing the death of another person through an agreement with prosecutors. Her late third-trimester abortion violated Nebraska’s then-20-week ban on abortion.
Gov. Jim Pillen (R) signed a 12-week ban in Nebraska this May, slightly less than a year after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ending the constitutional right to an abortion at the national level.
When you hear of a mother and daughter bonding, you probably think of shopping trips, family dinners, or shared hobbies.
But for Celeste and Jessica Burgess, their collaborative act takes a much darker turn, one that involves the tragic end of a potential life, and a shocking disregard for law and morality.
At just 28 weeks gestation, an unborn baby is nearly fully developed, capable of dreaming, recognizing voices, and even surviving outside the womb with medical help.
Yet, it was at this crucial stage of development that 18-year-old Celeste Burgess and her mother, Jessica, decided to terminate the pregnancy, a decision that breached Nebraska’s then 20-week abortion law.
Meet Celeste Burgess. She was just sentenced to 90-days in jail and two years’ probation after being found guilty of having an illegal abortion when she was a minor at 17 years old. Abortions in Nebraska are illegal after 12 weeks. Her abortion took place at 29 weeks.… pic.twitter.com/cY33vwlUDI
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) July 20, 2023
— New York Post (@nypost) July 20, 2023
Nebraska Teen Sentenced to 90 Days in Prison For Burning Baby’s Remains, With Help From Her Mother, After Illegal 29-Week Home Abortion https://t.co/NGhFGK3YZP
— The Gateway Pundit (@gatewaypundit) July 22, 2023
The term ‘abortion’ in this context is perhaps a euphemism, for it masks the harsh reality of their actions – they ended a life.
The fetal remains were not handed over to medical professionals, nor given a respectful end.
Instead, they were burned and buried, an act that perhaps speaks volumes about the callousness of the act.
International press has covered this tragic story.
The Guardian confirms.
Burgess and her mother, 42-year-old Jessica Burgess of Norfolk, are accused of working together to end the pregnancy. The abortion, well into her third trimester, violated Nebraska law at the time that banned abortion after 20 weeks of gestation. Officials have said Jessica Burgess ordered abortion pills online, which she gave to her then 17-year-old daughter in the spring of 2022.
Jessica Burgess pleaded guilty earlier this month to providing an illegal abortion, false reporting and tampering with human skeletal remains. In exchange for her plea, charges of concealing the death of another person and abortion by someone other than a licensed physician were dismissed. She faces sentencing on 22 September.Advertisement
A Norfolk police detective opened an investigation into the abortion following a tip, according to an arrest affidavit. Police secured a search warrant to gain access to Facebook messages between the two, in which prosecutors say the women discussed terminating the pregnancy and destroying the evidence. Police then found the burned fetal remains buried in a field.
So what do you think?
Do you agree with the leftists who are outraged at the 90 day sentence?
Or do you agree with the fact that this is a tragic situation all around?
One thing is certain: This case has nothing to do with the US Supreme Court and the larger discussion around abortions.
It is clear (and the court ruled) that this young woman violated Nebraska state law.
While it may seem sad that she’s spending 90 days in jail, it’s critical to remember that she took away the life of her baby.
And that is something that should sadden all of us.