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Flashback Friday: Rodney Tom "Fervently" Believes We Need to "Maintain a Woman's Right to Choose"

Rodney Tom bragged about his commitment to choice on the campaign trail in 2010.

By Josh Feit April 19, 2013

Given this week's big showdown in Olympia—Senate Majority Coalition Caucus leader Sen. Rodney Tom (D-48, Medina) shut down minority senate Democrats' efforts to vote on the Reproductive Parity Act not once but twice—we thought this 2010 campaign trail interview we did with Tom made for a timely Friday afternoon video.

Planned Parenthood Votes NW has made the RPA, which would require insurance companies that cover maternity care to also cover abortions, a priority this year because they're nervous that implementing Obamacare may give insurers an excuse to stop covering abortions.

At about the 2:30 mark in the video, asked about his 2006 switch from Republican to Democrat, Tom told us:

"I have fervently believed that it is important that we maintain a women's right to choose."

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