SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL REQUIRING MINORS
TO OBTAIN PARENTAL PERMISSION FOR BODY PIERCING
Anyone Under 18 Would Need A Parent’s Approval Before Receiving Non Ear-Piercing
The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill (S7446) that would require minors to obtain consent from a parent or guardian for unemancipated persons who wish to receive body piercings, other than piercing one’s ears.
Of the people with body piercings, more than a third received their first piercing before the age of 18. Body piercings are well-documented to have possible adverse health effects. Some studies have shown complications arising in 25 percent of all cases. These complications include allergic reactions, skin infections, scarring, and general discomfort.
Previously, there was no state law establishing any age restrictions on body piercing. While some studios may require written consent before piercing persons under the age 18, many others do not. When enacted, this law will be consistent with state laws requiring residents to be at least 18 years old to get a tattoo.
This bill previously passed the Assembly and will be delivered to the Governor for his consideration.