Sen. Apodaca: NC Children Have Right To Sound, Basic Form of Melanoma

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A Carroll Middle School student at Myrtle Beach last year.

By CRAIG MILLAR                                             MAY 18, 2015

RALEIGH—The N.C. Senate voted 48-2 Wednesday afternoon to ban anyone under 18 from using a tanning bed.

The two opposing votes Wednesday came from the chamber’s two top Republicans, Senate leader Phil Berger and Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca.

“We do believe it’s a parent’s right to choose what forms of cancer their children get,” Apodaca said. “The world is wide open at that point for young, still-maturing skin cells. Basal cell carcinoma, melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma…the possibilities are nearly endless. The horrible, disfiguring death – or dozens of reconstructive plastic surgeries – are all a matter of personal freedom.”

Apodaca added that it was also every parent’s right to have a teenager who looks 35.


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