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Should Parents Have to OK Body Piercing?

Proposed state law would require signed parental permission for anyone under 18 to receive a body piercing.

The New York State Assembly overwhelming passed a bill last week that would require written parental consent for anyone under the age of 18 to receive a body piercing. 

Under the bill, which now heads to the State Senate for consideration, a parent or guardian would need to sign the consent form in the presence of the person who is to perform the piercing. 

As of now, there are no age restrictions on body piercings. The bill does not apply to ear piercings. 

In a memo, the bill's sponsors wrote:

Of the people with body piercings, more than a third received their first piercing before the age of 18. Body piercings are well-documented to have possible adverse health effects, with complications arising in 25 percent of all cases. These complications include allergic reactions, skin infections, scarring, and general discomfort. It is important for a parent or guardian to be aware of all of the potential risks associated with body piercing, which is generally not the case if written consent is not required by the studio.

What do you think? Should those under 18 be required to obtain parental consent before obtaing a body piercing? Vote in the poll below and share your opinion in the comments section. 

Leah Bush (Editor) June 13, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Why not put age restrictions on riding a bicycle, using a fork, or eating candy? Next thing you know, all the walls will be padded...
Nick June 14, 2012 at 02:50 PM
"My 11 year old daughter had her nose, lip and tongue pierced" ..... Could this happen? Yes! There absolutely must be an age restriction and some sort of parental overseeing. She is fine eating candy, using utensils and riding her bike!.. Leah, apparently you are not a parent!
Jim R. June 14, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I think you are comparing apples to oranges. Body piercing is a form of body mutilation, using a fork isn't.
Rich Jacques (Editor) June 14, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Regardless of the proposed law, if I owned a shop I wouldn't serve anyone under 18 unless a parent was with them.
Karley June 14, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Jim- Body piercing is not a form of body mutilation!!!! It's a form of body modification thats been going on for hundreds of years, regardless of age!!!!!!!
Jim R. June 14, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Oops, I meant to say mutation.
Nick June 14, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Centuries of piercing must make it OK.....let's line up the 2 and 3 year olds to decorate their bodies by putting 'art work' in every conceivable place. The issue here is age! Where is the cut off year 18? 16? 12? Hey, don't get me started on tattoos!
Laura June 14, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I do not have pierced ears. So many poeple get infections. Tongue piercing are gross. Nose piercing... Why! As you can see, I am not a fan. If you can drive a car, then it is your choice. On a personal level it is dangerous. Laura

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