The state of California takes, out of the hands of minors, some decisions that could have negative repercussions, especially on their health, and gives it to their parents.
A California law recently went into effect that bans minors, defined as anyone under the age of 18, from using a tanning bed. The prohibition is absolute and there is no provision for parental permission.
Lawmakers say the tan ban is necessary in order to protect the health and well-being of young people. California is the only state thus far to have a complete ban on tanning for minors. Other states allow the practice with a parent's permission.
The Golden State has other laws intended to safeguard the health of young people.
If you are under 18 in California, you are forbidden from getting a tattoo. Like the tan ban, the law is absolute. A minor cannot get inked even with a parent's permission.
A person under 18 can get his or her ear or ears pierced; however, piercing any other body part will require a parent's approval. A minor is also allowed to take an aspirin at school but only with a parent's permission.
But there is one decision that the state does give to minors, even without parental permission. You can't get an aspirin without permission, but you can kill your child.
California allows a girl under the age of 18 to obtain an abortion without her parents' permission -- and without even notifying them. Additionally, the facility that provides the abortion is forbidden by law from informing the parents about the abortion.
It should be noted that California voters have repeatedly rejected ballot initiatives that would have required parental notification for a minor seeking an abortion.
A 14-year-old girl can obtain an abortion in California and her parents have absolutely no knowledge of the situation -- and Californians believe it is acceptable.
So, by "the state of California", I mean, not just the government, but the people in general. It's not just the state government that has its priorities inverted; it's the liberals out there. Absolutely no consistency.