Teens may have a much harder times adding unnecessary holes to their bodies thanks to a new law in New York State. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into a law on July 30 a bill that requires all minors to obtain written parental consent before obtaining a body piercing.
The impetus behind the law is largely health related, as body piercings often cause a number of unwanted health issues in individuals who obtain them, including numerous possible infections in up to 20 % of piercings. Body piercings are considered any type of piercing a person can get other than one in the ears, and includes navel rings, nose rings, tongue rings, and other piercings in far less noticeable locations.
These piercings also leave permanent scarring, which was another prime concern as, prior to this law, there was no minimum age requirement whatsoever.