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Facebook data leads to prosecution of Nebraska woman for facilitating daughter's abortion

A woman in Nebraska has been charged with helping her teenage daughter terminate her pregnancy at about 24 weeks. Investigators said on her Facebook message that she plans to take a drug that will induce twomiscarriagesand then burn the fetus.

The prosecutor in charge of the case said she was the first to prosecute someone for illegally performing an abortion 20 weeks later. This restriction she passed in 2010. Before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned her Roe v. Wade judgment. In June, states were not allowed to implement abortion bans until the fetus was considered viable outside the womb, about 24 weeks.

Facebook In one of the messages, 41-year-old Jessica Burgess tells her then-17-year-old daughter that she has obtained abortion pills and tells her how to take them to end her pregnancy.

Meanwhile, her daughter "she says she can't wait to get the 'thing' out of her body," detectives wrote in court documents. “She can finally wear jeans,” she says in one of her messages. Law enforcement officials obtained the messages in search warrants and detailed some of them in court documents.

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In early June, a mother and daughter were charged with one felony charge of removing, concealing, and abandoning a corpse, and one count of the death of another. He was charged with only two misdemeanors of concealment and false reporting. About a month later, investigators added felony abortion-related charges against her mother after reviewing her private Facebook message. The daughter, now 18, is being charged as an adult at the request of the prosecutor.

Burgess' attorney did not immediately reply to a message on Tuesday, and the public defender representing her daughter declined to comment.

said a teenager unexpectedly gave birth to a stillborn baby early in the morning on April 22 while she was taking a shower. There was a box in the back of the van, after which they drove a few miles north of town, where they buried the body with the help of a 22-year-old man.

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This man, whom AP did not identify, was only charged with misdemeanor charges, so he filed a complaint. Helped bury the unborn child on rural land owned by his parents north of Norfolk in northeastern Nebraska. He is expected to be sentenced later this month.

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Court In the documents, detectives said the fetus showed signs of "burning," and the man told investigators that the mother and daughter had burned it. He also wrote that his daughter confirmed in her Facebook exchange with her mother that the two would "burn the evidence later." Based on medical records, the fetus was over 23 weeks old, detectives wrote.

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Burgess later admitted to investigators that he had purchased abortion pills "with the intention of inducing a miscarriage." rice field.

Both mother and daughter initially said they did not remember the date the stillbirth occurred, but detectives say her daughter later checked her Facebook message to confirm the date. . She then asked for a warrant.

Madison County Attorney Joseph Smith told the Lincoln Journal Star that he had not made such an accusation in connection with his illegal abortions during his 32 years as county attorney. He did not immediately respond to a message from his AP on Tuesday.

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The National Advocates for Pregnant Women, an advocate for group abortion rights, found that between 2006 and 2020, 1,331 women were arrested or detained for pregnancy-related offenses. When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned her Roe v. Wade decision, it failed to pass a so-called trigger law banning all abortions.

A Facebook spokesperson declined to discuss the details of the matter, but an official at the social media giant said that "to confirm it is legally valid, we have received We constantly scrutinize all government requests.”

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Requests Facebook Considers Invalid or Too Broad Although it has said it will fight back, the company told investigators about 88% of the 59,996 times the government requested data in the second half of last year.

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