While tattoo artists are complaining that a proposed ordinance will damage their “walk-in” business, a spokeswoman for the DC Health Department says a 24-hour waiting period for tattoos or body piercings is necessary so people are in the “right frame of mind” and don’t regret their decision afterwards. The suggested waiting period is found among 65 pages of proposed regulations for tattoo parlors handed down recently by that department.
Would someone please care to tell me how the “my body, my choice” argument isn’t valid for a tattoo. Or how a right state of mind must be determined in order to get a tattoo, but not abort a child? This is hypocrisy at its finest, and unfortunately, many do not see it as being hypocritical.
Brad Mattes of Life Issues Institute sees a bit of hypocrisy in the proposed ordinance for the nation’s capital. Mattes “One of the main things is they don’t want people staggering into these places drunk or high on drugs or whatever and regretting their decision,” he explains. “But then I thought, Well, why not have a 24-hour waiting period for abortion? – because the ramifications of that decision are so much more severe than a tattoo or a piercing.”