New York Bans Underage Body Piercing

In Life by Wendy Michaels , on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 10:40 AM (PDT)
Body piercing banned for underage NY kids


New York Law Prohibits Underage Piercings

It's official. New York has passed a new piercing law that requires kids under the age of 18 to get parental consent before getting holes put anywhere besides their ears.

This on the heels of the soda ban, the smoking ban, the jaywalking ban; Is New York tightening the leash a tad too much?

The new piercing law was signed by Governor Cuomo on Monday, with the governor releasing a statement that said:

"Body piercing can result in severe health risks and it is our obligation as New Yorkers and parents to make sure that our teens are taking every precaution to remain healthy and safe."

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Before parents get too prickly over the seemingly harsh law, note that it does not include ear piercing.

As a parent, wouldn't you prefer to have some say in your underage child's desire to get body piercings?

The press release for the new law notes that "Approximately 20% of all body piercing result in infection, and there is also a risk of contracting hepatitis from the procedure. "

The release also explains that "body piercing studios check the identification of teens, and that underage teens provide a consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian that was signed in the presence of the owner or body piercing specialist at a body piercing studio."

The law will go into effect in 90 days.

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New York already has an indoor tanning law that bans kids 16 and younger from using indoor tanning beds, plus it's illegal to get a tattoo if you're younger than 18 years old.

Senator Joseph E. Robach, co-sponsor of the piercing bill, said, "This law will help educate both parents and children of the potential risks of piercings and help them make informed decisions together."


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