On Christmas Eve 2017, 24-year-old Keysheonna Reed woke up at 3am to stomach pains. Minutes later, she gave birth to stillborn twins. Terrified, she made a makeshift coffin out of an old suitcase and went to bury them.
Reed drove down the Arkansas roads, praying, until she found a place to lay them. Months later, the horror began.
“All you people that’s trying to judge my granddaughter, y’all don’t know nothing about her,” Reed’s grandmother said, reminding the media that Reed was a loving mother to the three children she had already.
If abortion becomes illegal again, the criminalization of Black women will increase and stories like Reed’s will only get more common.