Saturday, February 05, 2005

Removing a speck

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer draws my attention with this headline: "You got WHAT pierced?! Washington could rein in freedom to pierce."

Senator Pam Roach is sponsoring the bill:

Almost a decade ago, she helped pass a law that makes it a misdemeanor to tattoo minors under the age of 18. Under the proposed piercing bill, it would also be a misdemeanor to pierce people younger than 18 unless their parents give permission and are present when the piercing occurs. The latter, the senator said, almost guarantees that teens won't be getting pierced in, well, inappropriate places.

Currently, the state of Washington does not require parental consent or even parental notification for teenaged girls to get an abortion.

Sure, you may regret a piercing or a tattoo a few years down the road, but is either likely to cause serious emotional damage? Does a tattoo or a piercing inevitably result in the death of another human being?

I might support Senator Roach's bill, but the lack of prioritization here is illogical.

It's like making parents accompany their kids to purchase a pocket knife, while the local gun shop will sell a teen an uzi, no questions asked.