Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

An anti-Abortion group in Minnesota has been campaigning against a new Planned Parenthood in Richfield, Minn., even though the clinic doesn't actually perform abortions, Cosmopolitan reported.

The clinic opened at the end of June, and since then Pro-Life Action Ministries (PLAM) has been vigorously objecting to it. The group has started a petition, held meetings and are now distributing flyers around town.

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Now that the Washington, D.C. City Council has passed a "yoga tax," which taxes gym and fitness center memberships in the city, yoga advocates are trying to contort their way out of the tax service at a "fitness club, fitness center, or gym the purpose of which is physical exercise."

Richard Karpel, president of the Yoga Alliance, argues that yoga is not technically fitness, as its original purpose is not exercise.

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Louisiana state Rep. Lenar Whitney, a Republican candidate for an open House seat, is not happy with the nonpartisan data site Cook Political Report.

Whitney sat down for an interview with Cook Political's David Wasserman (pictured above with Whitney) to discuss her race and the chance of her winning the seat.

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The Satanic Temple, which has started a campaign for a religious exemption from certain anti-abortion laws, said that while legal action isn't planned, the group may file lawsuits if doctors fail to comply with the exemption forms they drafted, a member of the group told Salon.

The group argues that "informed consent" laws, which require doctors to give women seeking an abortion state-mandated information on the procedure, violate their belief that "personal decisions should be made with reference to only the best available, scientifically valid information." The group cited the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, which allows closely held businesses to opt out of paying for contraception if they have religious objections, to support their campaign.

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