Washington DC is apparently considering requiring a 24 hour waiting period before obtaining a tattoo. From the FNN story:
The days of waking up with a hangover and a mysterious tattoo may be numbered in Washington D.C., thanks to a new regulation being proposed by the city’s Department of Health. The city’s Department of Health proposed 65 pages of regulations for tattoo parlors on Friday. One states that a tattoo artist cannot apply a tattoo until at least 24 hours after a customer requests it. The language for body piercings is similar.
Children will also be protected from tattooing:
The regulations would also prohibit the tattooing of anyone under the age of 18.
Yet in many states, the opposite policy exists regarding abortion. Indeed, in California where I live, parents don’t have to consent for a child to obtain an abortion. Worse, they don’t even have to be told.
Talk about illustrating how topsy-turvy our cultural values have become!