On Tuesday’s KGVO Talk Back show, Montana Democratic Party Chairwoman Robyn Driscoll answered tough questions from the audience on a variety of topics.
The first question was about the Democratic Party’s position on abortion, after the recent controversy over the leak of the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade and allegations that the party supports abortion until birth.
“Our party platform supports every woman’s right to make her own health care decisions and that includes abortion,” Driscoll said. “I have to say that I totally disagree with you that the Democratic Party thinks abortion should be done until birth or let a baby die after birth.”
Driscoll was convinced that no matter what the U.S. Supreme Court decides, Montana will always allow a woman to choose an abortion.
“Our state constitution protects that right,” she said. “Montana’s constitutional right to privacy will always protect our right to abortion, and even if there is a special session after this ruling is made, the bill(s) that pass would immediately come before the court and Hopefully, an injunction would be placed on this bill until the court makes a decision. Our party is strongly pro-choice. It’s in our platform.
One listener addressed the issue of student loan forgiveness and how it would be funded. Driscoll said the vast majority of student loans are taken out by people who really need them.
“There are students with life situations where they can’t work three jobs or two jobs or even one job while they’re in college because they may already have a job at home raising their children,” she said. “There are far too many situations in life to say that a person should be able to receive a loan or that they should be able to work and repay their loans. There are far too many real situations.
Another listener compared student loans to government support for farmers.
“Our farmers feed the United States and quite often the world, and so when they have a bad year, the whole United States suffers, not just them,” she said. “I’d rather not see corporations take over our farms and ranches and to do that they certainly need help.”
KGVO also hosts Montana Republican Party Chairman Don Kaltschmidt once a month.
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