Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Is Retiring, So Get An IUD Right Now


Roe v. Wade might soon be a thing of the past

As has become routine in the last 18 months, today brought the kind of catastrophic political news that should leave every right-minded American terrified for their future: Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement.

In his tenure on the court, Kennedy has been the swing vote on many momentous court decisions and, as The New York Times reports, the "the court’s leading champion of gay rights, and he joined the court’s liberals in cases on abortion, affirmative action and the death penalty." Though undoubtedly a moderate, and certainly veering conservative when it came to cases related to big business (Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in Citizens United, which the Times reminds us "allowed unlimited campaign spending by corporations and unions"; and Kennedy also helped install George W. Bush in office in the 5-4 Bush v. Gore decision following the 2000 election), Kennedy's more liberal attitude toward social issues meant that, as long as he was on the court, abortion rights and affirmative action could not easily be threatened. Now all that is gone.

Donald Trump toadies, like Mitch McConnell, have already confirmed that they will be trying to get a new, conservative justice by this fall, all but guaranteeing that there will be little to no hope for any progressive victories in cases brought before the Supreme Court in the near future. And since both Trump and Mike Pence ran on a platform which promised to work toward overturning Roe v. Wade, there is good reason to fear that abortion rights are in danger of being taken away from much of the United States. 

There is some faint sliver of hope in this dreary situation: It is possible that Congressional Democrats will block every single last one of Trump's nominees, and prevent them from being confirmed. (Hey, it's what McConnell did to Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Antonin Scalia.) This will require a departure of "civility" from the Democrats, but it's a good way of gauging their morality. Then, too, abortion rights will still be recognized on a state by state basis, as they were pre-Roe. But that sets even more firmly in place a two-tier America, in which only the privileged have access to the kind of medical care that should be available to all. Of course, this already exists to a large extent, with millions of women across the county not having ready access to abortion providers, and so, if anything, Kennedy's retirement is a reminder that these women are already disenfranchised in their own country—but it's bound to get worse.

It's understandable to despair right now, but there are many ways in which we can take charge of our present and future, and work against the people who want to take away women's agency in matters of health care—and so much more. First, consider donating and volunteering at Planned Parenthood or other local women's health clinics. And for women who live in parts of the country where their rights are relatively secure, and who have the means to do so, consider traveling to places like Missouri and Mississippi and North Dakota, where there are limited resources for women who are looking to terminate pregnancies, or who have other pressing health care issues. Volunteer at clinics there, help women with things like transportation and company. 

And finally: Get an IUD. There is no point in risking an unwanted pregnancy right now. An IUD is one of the most effective (over 99 percent) methods of preventing pregnancy and can last for 10 years, meaning it will definitely outlive the Trump presidency (hopefully, by about 9 years). Get an IUD so you have one less thing to think about as you fight against this administration's draconian policies; get an IUD because it will feel good to have a moment of asserting agency over your own body, which is your right—no matter how many elderly men are currently trying to take it away from you.

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]



Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images.

As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.