Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu is getting hammered after being publicly called out over a social media post.
Recently, the sad case of Celeste Burgess was back in the news.
Burgess, 17, used an abortion-inducing pill, which her mother provided. Burgess, who was 28 weeks pregnant then, gave birth to a stillborn using the drug that is only approved for up to 10 weeks gestation.
The teen was recently sentenced to 90 days in jail in a plea agreement for burning and burying the stillborn child.
From the New York Times:
The teenager, Celeste Burgess, 19, and her mother, Jessica Burgess, 42, were charged last year after the police obtained their private Facebook messages, which showed them discussing plans to end the pregnancy and “burn the evidence.”
Prosecutors said the mother had ordered abortion pills online and had given them to her daughter in April 2022, when Celeste Burgess was 17 and in the beginning of the third trimester of her pregnancy. The two then buried the fetal remains themselves, the police said.
Jessica Burgess pleaded guilty in July to violating Nebraska’s abortion law, furnishing false information to a law enforcement officer and removing or concealing human skeletal remains. She faces up to five years in prison at her sentencing on Sept. 22, according to Joseph Smith, the top prosecutor in Madison County, Neb.
Prosecutors did not charge Celeste Burgess under Nebraska’s abortion law. She pleaded guilty in May to removing or concealing human skeletal remains, a felony. Prosecutors agreed to drop two misdemeanor charges against her: concealing a death and false reporting.
The very liberal Rep. Ted Leui used a social media post from Brian Tyler to claim that the teen was prosecuted for having an abortion.
That’s when official Community Note Fact Checkers correct Lieu, and he was incensed.
The Twitter community note at the bottom of the tweet is stupid. Putting women in jail for concealing an abortion as compared to having an abortion is not the winning message that Republicans think it is. https://t.co/H40YEemmsI
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) July 22, 2023
Lieu went viral and attacked a commentator.
Where did religion come into play? I missed that part. This is a 28 week old “fetus” that she killed and then burned. I’m not religious at all, but I have a moral compass. This is wrong. pic.twitter.com/8DUpHpxwKD
— LordDylly (@DyllyLord) July 22, 2023
Lieu continued to respond with the same message refusing to ignore the fact that nobody mentioned religion.