Doctor says children should be banned from getting tattoos – but it’s to have sex change surgery

A University of Washington Medical Center professor said there should be laws preventing children from getting tattoos, despite previously signing a declaration that kids should receive sex-change treatments if they want it.

Dr. Cora Breuner, a professor and pediatrician at Seattle Children’s Hospital, was commenting on a case involving a Crystal Thomas, a New York woman who was arrested after allowing her 10-year-old son to get a tattoo.

Though tattoos are illegal in New York for people under 18, other states do not ban them if parents give consent. 

Breuner told the New York Times she thought children under 18 don’t have the ‘agency’ to adequately make a decision about placing a ‘permanent’ mark on their body, and that laws should be put in place to prevent them from doing so.

Despite her fears over children’s decision making abilities, in 2018 Bruener signed an American Academy of Pediatrics statement endorsing ‘not reversible’ gender-affirming treatments for children.


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