I have to say I'm indifferent. I have a friend who has had her ears pierced 3 times, but she didn't leave the earrings in long enough either time, so the holes closed up. Thats one of the advantages about piercing baby ears. My ears were pierced as a child, but that doesn't mean I have to wear earrings every day for the rest of my life.
Actually, I think its dumb that this conversation is even happening.
No it really doesn't bother me when babies have their ears pierced. My ears are pierced, and I've never met a girl who is upset that hers are. If she doesn't like it when she is older she can close them.
I think parents should do as they wish in this case. Like @EmilyandAtticus said, I've never met someone who was upset with the ear piercing they received as a baby. If anything I've known people who are glad because they wouldn't have wanted to do it now.
I've known a lot of people that get their baby's ears pierced. I don't think I could do it to my child but it's really a matter of what the parent wants, the baby doesn't care either way. I would wait until the child is old enough to tell me on their own that they want their ears pierced. Until then it would just be a selfish thing for the parent's sake. Like I said, a baby doesn't care if her earrings match her outfit that day. In fact, she doesn't even care if she has clothes on. So I don't know, I think it's just putting the baby through unnecessary pain. Until they can think about it and then verbalize that they want it done, I wouldn't do it. To each their own though. And I don't knock anyone for doing it to their kid, just personally I wouldn't do it to my child.
I will say right here and now that regardless of what a parent believes on this issue, that they should do a CRAP ton of research on who is piercing their children's ears and I am a great example.
My mother took me to get my ears pierced when I was very young in a MALL and the idiots who did it put them in too low. The weight of the earrings actually pulled completely through my ears tearing my ear lobe in two. The doctors said that my ears would never heal. My parents were the kind of people who decided not to accept that as truth, went home, essentially pressed my ear lobes together, and prayed for days. My ears DID go back together and they healed. I have big scars on both of them however.
I do not suggest getting it done from ANYONE besides a doctor and not until the child is a few years old.
Personally, I am very opposed to the idea of deliberately causing bodily harm and/or damage to another human being for the sake of THEIR appearance. I'm not against the practice of plastic surgery or anything like that, I'm just saying I wouldn't perform the procedure myself unless it was on myself.
As for doing so without a person's consent...
I can't decide whether I feel that it's really fucked up in some obscure way that I don't currently understand or whether it's a benign practice when done to baby, but either way that is one chance I sure as hell wouldn't take.
As someone that isn't a parent, I don't think feel I have a right to weigh in on something related to the upbringing of children. What I can contribute is that my sister and I both had our ears pierced as infants and suffered no ill effects from it. My niece had her ears pierced three times between the ages of 3 months and 6 years old only for us to find out that she's allergic to nearly every metal imaginable. If I had a daughter, I honestly don't know what I would do; I don't fault parents either way.