Alabama passes new bill to chemically castrate paedophiles

Alabama passes new bill to chemically castrate paedophiles

Hurst had introduced the bill before, but now it is set to become law if Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signs it. It will be a mandatory parole requirement.

Chemical castration, which is very different from surgical castration or removal of the testes, serves to block the production of certain hormones, including testosterone.

Several other U.S. states have already passed similar chemical castration bills in the past, but it isn't known how often the procedure actually takes place. Medroxyprogesterone acetate is a female hormone commonly used in treatment of menopause or in birth control.

Republican Steve Hurst from Calhoun County made it clear that he backs the bill, telling CBS owned WIAT-TV: "They have marked this child for life and the punishment should fit the crime".

The bill, known as HB379, would require the individual to pay for the injection but that a person will not be denied parole because of inability to pay the cost of the treatment.

"Any action that we can take against a child molester that would prevent them from ever committing this type of crime again, I support, including chemical castration", he said in an interview with WTVY. "... What's more inhumane than when you take a little infant child, and you sexually molest that infant child when the child can not defend themselves or get away, and they have to go through all the things they have to go through?"

Both houses of the Alabama legislature approved the bill late last month in an effort that would see the state joining the ranks of those with the procedure on the books.

PEOPLE was not immediately able to reach Hurst for comment.

The controversial bill is likely to be opposed by liberals who say that the practice is a violation of the Eight Amendment to the Constitution which prohibits the government from "inflicting cruel and usual punishments" on Americans.

A handful of other states including Florida, Louisiana, California, Georgia and more have similar measures in place.

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