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July 31, 2012

Of Piercings and Abortion

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

Let’s play a little hypothetical game:

Somewhere in another universe, Planned Parenthood has made a decision to offer body piercing to its clients and patients. Imagine for a moment a 15-year old client of Planned Parenthood walking into their clinic. She goes to the front desk and asks for a doctor to perform an abortion and a body piercing specialist to pierce a stud in her nose.

The person behind the front desk asks her to fill out a form for the abortion. After filling it out, the teen is told that someone will be with her about having the abortion soon. But when it comes to having her nose pierced, the attendant asks, “Do you have written permission from a parent to have the piercing done?”

The sad part about the above hypothetical is that it is not too far from reality. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law today mandating that anyone under the age of 18 needs written parental permission — let me type that again – WRITTEN PARENTAL PERMISSION to get a nose piercing or any other piercing on their body. 

Yet, if a teenage girl walked into a clinic and asked for an abortion, no one would ask for any sort of permission slip.

Body piercing in New York State, you need written parental permission.

To get an abortion in Empire State, you just have to ask.

We have gone through the looking glass and have entered Looney Land.


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