Is Your Body Your Property Or The State's?
I think you should be allowed to ask for help in assisted suicide if you are incapable of killing yourself, and if you think you'd improve your looks by wearing a big plate in your lip, I think you should be able to have at it.
Your body should belong to you, entirely, and not the state, and decisions about what's done with it, providing you aren't hurting any non-consenting other person should be yours entirely.
Well, Arkansas is having none of that. Because the state is problem-free -- a veritable utopia amongst states -- they want to ban non-trad body art. From Intellihub.com, via ifeminists, JG Vibes writes:
Fox 16 reported that:
The Senate passed a bill that would ban non-traditional body art and skin implants. The bill's sponsor, Senator Missy Irvin of Mountain View, AR, wants to limit body art procedures, particularly scarification and dermal implants. By a 26-4 vote, the Senate moved to outlaw scarification, a procedure involving the scarring of the skin using heat to form a tattoo without ink, and implants that place ornaments under the skin. The bill now goes to the House.
More from ArkTimes' David Ramsey:
Irvin and a Health Department official testified that they wanted to reduce infections but they mostly employed an "ew gross" strategy of talking about various procedures. They particularly harped on a "tongue-splitting" that was performed in Little Rock, even though that would not be impacted one way or the other by the legislation. Irvin, an ostensibly small-government conservative who loves to use the legislature to boss citizens around about what they do with their bodies, was in fine form. At one point she compared scarification to female genital mutilation in Africa.
Oh, please. Female genital mutilation? I'm thinking we need a vagina version of Godwin's Law.