Student group holds benefit concert for Planned Parenthood

ST. GEORGE — Southern Utah supporters for Planned Parenthood found a creative way to raise money for the organization with a benefit concert this weekend featuring Utah-based bands.

Local bands play at Jazzy’s Rock n Roll Grill in the “Riot 4 Choice” benefit concert, St. George, Utah, Feb. 24, 2017 | Photo by Austin Peck, St. George News

The concert, titled “Riot 4 Choice,” was a production of Students for Choice DSU, a club that partners with Planned Parenthood to promote issues relating to reproductive health.

The event, held at Jazzy’s Rock n Roll Grill, also featured the sale of local artwork and merchandise.

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“All the proceeds from admission in, to selling art to all of our merchandise – all 100 percent goes to Planned Parenthood,” Mattie Larsen, Students for Choice DSU vice-president, said.

The venue was packed with concert-goers as a large crowd surrounded the stage throughout the night rocking out to such bands as Gold Star For Robot Boy and Duke Mute & Dice Game Uchiha.

“Tonight’s been amazing,” Larsen said. “We had more people than we ever could have dreamed of. Surprisingly, it’s been community people and a good mix of students.”

The club was able to sell quite a bit of merchandise, ranging from pins and car decals to regionally sourced artwork, Larsen added.

Local art is sold at Jazzy’s Rock n Roll Grill for the “Riot 4 Choice” benefit concert, St. George, Utah, Feb. 24, 2017 | Photo by Austin Peck, St. George News

The benefit concert comes in a heated national political climate regarding reproductive issues, such as access to contraceptives and abortion services.

Larsen and her fellow club members are in the minority when compared to voters in Washington County who overwhelmingly voted in favor of anti-abortion political candidates like President Donald Trump and Evan McMullin in the 2016 general election.

“I think definitely in St. George there’s a lot of conservative people,” Larsen said, “but we just want to let everybody know, not excluding anybody, that we’re here, we want to fight for rights for our bodies, rights for our own health care, rights to make choices for ourselves and that’s what we’re all about.”

With a Republican majority in congress and a president in the White House, the GOP is poised to pass legislation that will cut funding for services provided by Planned Parenthood.

Nationally and in Southern Utah, pro-life supporters have also played an active role in getting their opposing message out with a recent protest in front of the St. George Planned Parenthood clinic. The demonstration coincided with the national March for Life campaign.

Read more: Protesters demonstrate in front of Planned Parenthood in support of 40 Days 4 Life

Proponents of Planned Parenthood have also demonstrated as of late in response to what they believe are threats to women’s reproductive rights. The largest of these was the Women’s March on Washington the day after Trump’s inauguration.

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  • Utahguns February 25, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    If the parents of these young revelers would have had the same pro abortion philosophies as they do, the majority of them would not be at this concert…..

    • comments February 26, 2017 at 11:53 am

      and how would that be a problem?

  • Common Sense February 26, 2017 at 7:10 am

    I am so tired of them saying they don’t have “access to contraceptives”…contraceptives are at every grocery and drug store and they are cheap. They definitely cost less than their cell phone plan.

  • .... February 26, 2017 at 9:26 am

    These kids did a fantastic concert. good for them and thank you to all those that attended and participated

  • .... February 26, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Hey Bob if you don’t like it. Write a letter to the Governor I’m sure he cares what you think

    • Real Life February 26, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      Because we are all clamoring for your opinion. Take them meds and get back to bed. You have a long night ahead of you, doing nothing at all.

  • theone February 26, 2017 at 10:09 am

    The two comments above are the typical simple minded response without acknowledging the real facts. Can anyone say brainwashed.

  • comments February 26, 2017 at 11:53 am

    The country needs more abortions. More PP clinics and more abortions.

  • ladybugavenger February 26, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Abortions should not be tax payer funded. Good for these pro abortionist, raising funds for abortioners. I don’t want to pay/support abortions. Thank you brainwashed kids for your #fundraiser

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