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Alabama Passes Bill That Requires Pedophiles To Be Castrated Chemically

Alabama Passes Bill That Requires Pedophiles To Be Castrated Chemically

The bill targets child sex offenders who have abused children below the age of 13, as state Representative Steve Hurst believes castration is the appropriate punishment for child sexual offenders. The castration is induced with the use of drugs. It suppresses hormones that cause sexual urges.

Alabama has reportedly passed a bill that would require child sex offenders to be chemically castrated before they are released from prison. According to Mirror, the bill, known as  HB 379, was introduced by Republican state Representative Steve Hurst. It now needs to be signed by Governor Kay Ivey to be made into law. The bill targets child sex offenders who have abused children below the age of 13, as state Rep. Hurst believes castration is the appropriate punishment for child sexual offenders. "They have marked this child for life and the punishment should fit the crime," he told CBS 42.



 

The offenders have no choice, but to undergo the process because it may constitute a violation of parole, according to the bill. Not just that, the offenders will have to pay the bill for the procedure themselves. This way, potential sex offenders will think twice before they act because they're going to lose out on quite a lot, with the castration, as well as the payment. 



 

"If we do something of this nature it would deter something like this happening again in Alabama and maybe reduce the numbers," said Hurst."I had people call me in the past when I introduced it and said, 'Don't you think this is inhumane?'” Hurst said of the bill. “I asked them what's more inhumane than when you take a little infant child, and you sexually molest that infant child when the child cannot defend themselves or get away, and they have to go through all the things they have to go through. If you want to talk about inhumane -- that's inhumane.”



 

Attorney Raymond Johnson said child molestation is already a serious offense, with the punishment being prison time and probation after parole. Also, there are chances that the bill may be subjected to criticism from civil libertarians who could consider the punishment a violation of the eighth amendment of the American constitution which prohibits the government from inflicting ‘cruel and unusual punishments’ on its citizens.



 

"They're going to challenge it under the Eighth Amendment Constitution," Johnson said. "They're going to claim that it is cruel and unusual punishment  for someone who has served their time." Critics have also mentioned the side effects of taking drugs to reduce their sexual urges. It includes life-threatening effects like blood clots and allergic reactions. Basically, chemical castration is when people take drugs to reduce one's libido, without having to remove any sexual organs. The castration is induced hormonally. It's quite unlike standard castration. 



 

This effect can be reversed, once the person stops the use of drugs, but there are certain side effects to it. The side effects might be permanent. For example, it could lead to bone density loss. This gradually worsens after prolonged use of the drug. Although it's been rarely carried out, eight states have permitted some form of chemical or surgical castration for sex offenders since the 1990s. California was the first state to allow chemical castration for some sex offenders.



 

Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Oregon, Montana, and Wisconsin are the other states that have laws which allow courts to order castration on offenders released from prison. Meanwhile, in Louisiana, it can be used to reduce or suspend a prison sentence for a sexual offender. Unlike the bill which has been passed in Alabama; California, Florida, and Louisiana give sex offenders the option of chemical or surgical castration. Surgical castration means the physical removal of testicles.



 

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