Waiting periods: Tattoos vs. Abortion

A new regulation on the body art industry in Washington D.C. would require a 24 hour waiting period before getting tattooed.

(Washington Post) — A mandatory 24-hour waiting period is among the provisions included in a 66-page package of draft regulations governing the “body art” industry released by the city Health Department on Friday.


[Najma] Roberts said it is meant to save body art consumers from permanent consequences they might come to regret — particularly if they seek tattoos or piercings while drunk or otherwise impaired.

“They can’t be responsible for themselves, as well as the person doing the work on them,” she said. “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?’ ”

Hmm. It’s not that it seems strange that the political left would insist on a mandatory waiting period for tattooing.  But they scream bloody murder when such waiting periods are suggested for mothers seeking an abortion and the reasons for such proposals are essentially the same.  The waiting period helps prevent hasty decisions, in theory at least.

Whether it’s for a tattoo or for an abortion, waiting periods serve to inhibit the liberty to do with your body what you want, when you want.

Is this hypocritical, or just a result of pols believing they have a duty to save people from their poor life choices?


  1. Yeah, it’s hypocritical. It’s also the epitome of what is wrong with the far left. The incessant need for the babysitting that takes individual liberties away is disgusting. As if to suggest that this is what’s ailing DC, or what would fix it, is a waiting period for tattoos……utter nonsense.
    Exactly why I stayed in Texas after the military, well this BS and the snow.

  2. Rank hypocrisy, pure and simple.

  3. I don’t have a problem with having a wait time, and I agree it’s hypocritical. I had to wait 24 hours to get married, though I don’t know if Manitoba still has that, or if any other province had a wait time.

    I can think of plenty of things where a 24 hour wait time would be a good idea. For some of them, it would at least give people time to sober up before they make a bad mistake!

    • I’m not opposed in theory to waiting periods for tattoos or marriages, or abortion obviously. Actions which will have lifelong consequences should not be made in haste.

      I couldn’t help but notice the hypocrisy.

  4. I oppose mandatory waiting periods for tattoos. It’s nanny-state B.S.

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