Post-Roe family planning in Madison

Nearly a year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that abortion was no longer a constitutional right.

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Post-Roe family planning in Madison
Illustration by Kay Reynolds.

Happy Friday, Madison!

Nearly a year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that abortion was no longer a constitutional right.

In the time since, people in Madison have mourned, protested, and prepared for the uncertain future ahead.

As part of our coverage of the impact of the Dobbs ruling, we partnered with Tone Madison last fall to produce a survey to help us understand how the ruling has affected people. We received over 200 responses from people with a variety of concerns.

Tone Madison has published the first stories in the series and we're so excited to share them with you. One of them is today's lunchtime read.

— Hayley

Image via Saski

🌊 The latest on the Lake Monona redesign.

  • The city has officially picked design firm Sasaki as the winner of the Lake Monona Waterfront Design Challenge. Saski and the city will work on a revised plan to present to City Council this fall.
  • A closer look: The plan proposes implementing green infrastructure, adding an elevated boardwalk, amphitheater and stage, beach, playground, and more. Check out this video for an overview of the proposal.

🥡 A new home for Thai Basil.

  • After 15 years on Raymond Road, Thai Basil is moving to a bigger location on University Avenue, according to the State Journal.
  • The restaurant's last day on Raymond Road is Saturday and the owner hopes to open the new location next week. The menu will remain mostly the same with the addition of new Thai street food items.

💼 Gloria Reyes has a new job.

🎓 UW is launching an American Sign Language program.

  • Starting this summer, the University of Wisconsin-Madison will teach introductory American Sign Language. Its fall offering of the course is already full and has "a long waitlist."
  • While the university has taught ASL through its communication sciences and disorders department, this program goes beyond the service-provider context of ASL and will teach students the conversational side of language and Deaf culture.
  • "A lot of times people have ideas about what sign languages are and whether they're 'real' languages," assistant professor Laura Horton told Cap Times. "This is a way for us, as an institution, to say, 'Yes, this is a real language.'"
Illustration by Kay Reynolds

💊 Your lunchtime read: Contraception has a new weight post-Roe in Madison.

  • Via Tone Madison: "Madison-area folks and organizations that offer reproductive care are seeing contraception through a different lens post-Roe. Abortion pills are available online and the procedure can be accessed in neighboring states. But the lack of bodily autonomy is hitting home and people are trying to prevent, and preparing for, worst-case scenarios."
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