(Photograph taken from St. George News video by Leanna Bergeron)
Former Open Mike Show host Jack Bevelaqua was among those protesting in support of a woman’s right to choose abortion at a rally yesterday in St. George, Utah.
“Their track record in this state is awful. You have two U.S. Senators, Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, who are the most anti-female U. S. Senators in the United States Senate, and they continue to vote for these people, and I am here trying to effect change in Utah,” Bevelaqua said.
Bevelaqua, now a resident of St. George, participated in the protest on the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion. He called for “harsh action” by the U. S. Department of Justice for what he called “an abysmal record when it comes to women’s rights,” including equal pay.
“I don’t know why the U.S. Justice Department doesn’t come down hard on the state of Utah and withdraw all federal funding,” Bevelaqua said.
“It’s important that Utah get in step with the rest of the country,” Bevelaqua said. “Utah Legislature is not very friendly towards women’s rights. I’m here supporting a woman’s right to choose and a woman’s right to equal pay.”
The former WHAV talk show host also appeared in a video in a segment produced by Leanna Bergeron, formerly of Newton, N.H., and a relative of Tom Bergeron, according to Bevelaqua. According to the St. George News, there are currently only two licensed abortion clinics in Utah, both located in Salt Lake County.
Bevelaqua also told WHAV he “absolutely” believed change in Utah state government is required “from the bottom to the top” to increase the number of clinics in Utah.