Thursday, January 12, 2012

Piercings, Tanning, Aspirin Prohibited to Minors -- But Abortion Is Okay

A California law recently went into effect that bans minors, defined as anyone under the age of 18, from using a tanning bed. The prohibition is absolute and there is no provision for parental permission.

Lawmakers say the tan ban is necessary in order to protect the health and well-being of young people. California is the only state thus far to have a complete ban on tanning for minors. Other states allow the practice with a parent's permission.

The Golden State has other laws intended to safeguard the health of young people.

If you are under 18 in California, you are forbidden from getting a tattoo. Like the tan ban, the law is absolute. A minor cannot get inked even with a parent's permission.

A person under 18 can get his or her ear or ears pierced; however, piercing any other body part will require a parent's approval. A minor is also allowed to take an aspirin at school but only with a parent's permission.

For the record, I've no problem with laws that require parental permission for practices or procedures that could have negative health repercussions or life-long consequences for a minor.

It is clear that lawmakers in California believe that some practices are so unhealthy that they will not even allow parents the option of allowing their children to take part. However, there is one glaring exception -- abortion...

Read the rest of Kelly Bogg's  Baptist Press article right here.