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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

No tattoos for kids -- sex-change drugs are OK

A New York woman was arrested for letting her 10-year-old son get a tattoo, reports the New York Times. State law bans tattoos for children under 18, with or without parental consent.

Can children get tattoos? State laws vary. Photo: Leonardo Cardozo Galves/Pexels

“It is a permanent mark or a symbol you are putting on your body, and I don’t think kids under 18 have that kind of agency to make a decision,” said Dr. Cora Bruener, a pediatrician and professor at the University of Washington Medical Center’s Seattle Children’s Hospital.

If a child under 18 wants puberty blockers and opposite-sex hormones, which can lead to irreversible health effects, parents can consent. "Top surgery" -- double mastectomies -- are becoming more common for transgender teenagers under 18, reports the Times.

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