Waiting Period for a Tattoo, Not for an Abortion
University of Arkansas Medical Science College of Nursing
It is a choice you will have to live with for the remainder of your life. It is a technique that will affect your body. The consequences are so serious, health officers believe regulations are necessary to guarantee your safety and proper state of mind. What is it that entails such careful limitations? The answer is… getting a tattoo. The District Council in Washington, D.C., is allowing for mandatory 24 hour waiting period to decorate one's body or get a body piercing, but the capability to get an abortion is available on a walk-in basis. The Health Department states it is necessary so people do not regret getting tattooed or pierced. One spokesperson said, “They can’t be responsible for themselves, as well as the person doing the work on them." The spokesperson also stated, "We’re making sure when that decision is made that you’re in the right frame of mind, and you don’t wake up in the morning ... saying, 'Oh my God, what happened?'(Brown, 2013).
The recommended waiting period is found among 65 pages of suggested regulations for tattoo parlors passed down recently by that department. Tattoo artists are complaining that a proposed law will hurt their “walk-in” business.
A waiting period for a tattoo, but what does not require a waiting period, is an abortion. A woman or young girl in Washington, D.C. can get an abortion at any time and for any reason, up until the third trimester of pregnancy. The Guttmacher Institute reported in 2008 almost 30 percent of pregnancies in Washington, D.C. ended in abortion. That is over 10 percentage points above the national average for the year (Higgins, 2013). Any state with such a high abortion rate would be insensitive not to consider waiting periods for abortion in order to save the lives of