Tattoos A More Serious Concern Than Abortion

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.

Yet, it is considered by many pro choicers the height of tyranny to require an equivalent wait for an abortion. Which is the more serious procedure? Apparently, tattooing.

Children will also be protected from tattooing:

The regulations would also prohibit the tattooing of anyone under the age of 18.

That wouldn’t even permit tattooing with parental consent

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!


Wesley J. Smith — Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism.

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