The Washington Post reported that officials are considering a 24-hour waiting period for those considering a tattoo or some kind of body piercing.

According to the Washington Post, “District of Columbia officials have proposed mandating a 24-hour waiting period before getting a tattoo or a body piercing.
The city’s Department of Health proposed 65 pages of regulations for tattoo parlors on Friday. One [regulation] states that a tattoo artist cannot apply a tattoo until at least 24 hours after a customer requests it. The language for body piercings is similar.” 1


I was wondering what other actions people take part in that might benefit from a 24-hour wait period. Several things came to mind, such as: purchase of a 6-pack of beer. Purchase of a new car. Marriage. Suicide, which is legal in some states, and in Canada as of 1993. Sex outside of marriage, and how about an abortion? Really? A 24-hour waiting period on a tattoo, but not on an abortion? I don’t see how a clear thinking, reasonable, logical, human being cannot see the absurdity of this.

According to the Pew Research Council, nearly one-third of all American’s would like to see the Roe v. Wade decision overturned. Statistically, a significant amount, (nearly half) of Americans think that having an abortion is a moral act of consequence. “Nearly half of Americans (47%) say they personally believe that it is morally wrong to have an abortion, compared with 27% who say it is not a moral issue, 13% who find it morally acceptable and 9% who volunteer that it depends. These opinions have changed only modestly in recent years.” 2 This analysis is based on a U.S. sample of adults, all living in the U.S. and all over 18 years of age.

Other studies have looked at the psychological consequences of women having abortions, and the adverse affects are noteworthy. Life News reported, “The study, which appears in the latest issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry, examined data from women who had been interviewed six times between the ages of 15 and 30 and who were asked if they were ever pregnant, and if so, the outcome of the pregnancy.
More than 85 percent of women reported negative reactions to their abortions including sorrow, sadness, guilt, regret, grief and disappointment.” 3

Another study in 2006 found that over 40% of women who had abortions suffered from major depression within 4 years, which is double the rate of women who did not have any abortions. Clearly, abortion is a serious, life altering decision that can have grave consequences to women. To label an abortion as less significant than having a tattoo is ludicrous.

Finally, a study that took place in San Francisco looked at women who wanted to have an abortion, but ended up having their child.
“Researchers sought to learn the negative effects on women who gave birth to an unplanned child. Instead, they found that 95 percent have no regrets. One woman who could not have an abortion because she was 23 weeks pregnant told the Times that today her baby is, ‘more than my best friend, more than the love of my life. She is just my whole world.’” 4

Mark Mittelberg put things in perspective with the staggering number of abortions that take place every year. “[Abortion] involves the loss of life for 1.3 million children annually in the United States alone. More every year than the combined number of American’s killed in the Revolutionary War; the Civil War; World Wars I and II; and the Korean, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Iraq, and Afghan wars-what could be more important?” 5  When you consider the suffering women endure after making the decision to have an abortion, this number becomes even more staggering. Abortion not only kills innocent children, but causes untold pain and suffering to over 1 million women every year, and that number is growing.


1. “DC officials propose a 24-hour waiting period to obtain a tattoo or body piercing.” Associated Press, 09/06/2013. Web. 09/13/2013.
2. “Roe v. Wade at 40: Most Oppose Overturning Abortion Decision.” Pew Research Center, 01/16/2013. Web. 09/13/2013.
3. Ertelt, Steven. “New Study Shows 85 Percent of Women Say Abortions Cause Mental Health Issues.” Life 11/03/2009. Web. 09/13/2013

4. “Most Women Denied Abortions Have No Regrets.” 06/18/2013. Web. 09/13/2013

5. Mittelberg, Mark. The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask. Carol Stream: Tyndale House Publishers, 2010. Print.

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