Tinted Lenses Proposal Slammed by Child Welfare Groups

Posted: April 17, 2012 in Humour
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Child welfare agencies have slammed a leaked government proposal to provide cosmetic implants for new born babies, describing it as a ‘disgrace’ and a ‘violation of human rights’. Under the proposal parents will be able to have any newborn babies fitted with lifelong-lasting tinted contact lenses. The Government plan to introduce the initiative from next January in a bid to counter the growing concerns over so-called ‘fake tan’ products – the idea being that the tinted lenses will eradicate the desire among young people to use harmful tanning products as the lenses would make everyone appear to have a ‘tanned’ complexion.

Dr Jurgen Schwanzlieber, who came up with the initiative says the procedure would ‘significantly reduce’ the number of cases of teenage girls and rugby players being treated for dermatological illnesses, caused by the toxins of ‘fake tan’ coming into contact with the skin. In some cases, these toxins have been found to have contained cancerous properties. “We realise the idea of performing cosmetic surgery on a newborn child will be seen as controversial at first, but, communicated properly, we believe the proposal will be welcomed by parents as they realise that the long-term benefits to their child’s health will be worth it”, Dr Schwanzlieber said.

Child welfare groups, however, have been decidedly less supportive of the proposal. Rachel MacIntosh of MOL’U (Mothers of Little ‘uns) slammed the initiative as ‘disgraceful and irresponsible’, saying it was ‘yet another example of societies obsession with physical appearances.’

“This is arguably worse than child beauty pageants. To foist these devices onto a newborn baby almost as soon as it is able to open it’s eyes for the very first time is nothing short of a violation of the child’s human rights.” Whilst Ms MacIntosh said she recognised the need to combat the harmful effects of tanning products, she insisted the tinted lenses proposal was not the way to go about it. “By all means put a higher tax on these (fake tanning) products, or even put an age limit on the purchasing of them, but to try to counter the problem by performing a surgical procedure on a infant is simply not on.”

The negative publicity associated with tanning products reached a nadir two weeks ago in London’s Palladium theatre.Two teenage girls wearing fake tan and sitting in the front row at a performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory were forcefully bundled onto the stage midway through the show after an usher mistakenly identified them as Oompa Loompas. The parents of the girls involved have launched legal proceedings against both the venue and the show’s producers, claiming the girls had suffered ‘mental anguish’.

The Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, refused to be drawn on the issue when questioned in the Dail yesterday, saying only that he would not comment on any reports that had yet to be made public.



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