Blatant hypocrisy: D.C. institutes 24-hour waiting period – for tattoos, not abortions

Posted on Sep. 13, 2013 by Brad Mattes

It’s a decision you’ll have to live with for the rest of your life. It’s a procedure that will affect your body. The implications are so serious, health officials believe regulations are necessary to ensure your safety and proper state of mind. What is it that requires such careful restrictions? The answer is… getting a tattoo.

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In the latest act of hypocrisy, the District of Columbia may soon mandate a 24-hour waiting period prior to a tattoo or body piercing. The Health Department declares it’s necessary so people in our nation’s capital don’t regret getting tattooed or pierced. One spokesperson said, “We’re making sure when the decision is made you’re in the right frame of mind, and you don’t wake up in the morning saying ‘What happened?’”

However, the same concern for one’s wellbeing is not shared when it comes to abortion. In fact, this move is being made in one of the most abortion-friendly areas in the nation. The District of Columbia has no waiting periods and no limits on abortion. Abortions are legal for any reason throughout pregnancy, even the third trimester. The result is shown in the District’s grave abortion statistics. A staggering 41 percent of pregnancies end in abortion, which is twice the national average. Consider how many of those lives might have been saved by a waiting period.

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