A new bill requires anyone convicted of sexually abusing a person 13 or younger to be given testosterone-reducing medication before their release from prison. On Monday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a controversial bill requiring that sex offenders in her state who are convicted of molesting a child — defined under Alabama law as anyone under the age of 13 — be chemically castrated as a condition of their release from prison.
The measure, passed by the Legislature, says a judge must order anyone convicted of a sex offence involving a child under the age of 13 to start receiving testosterone-inhibiting medication a month before release from prison. Most offenders would have to pay for the treatment, which would be administered by the Department of Public Health, until a judge decides the medication is no longer necessary. Under the proposed law, a judge — and not a doctor — would tell the offender about the effects of the treatment.
Alabama's state legislature passed a bill Tuesday that will require convicted child sex offenders to undergo chemical castration prior to their release, raising questions about the legality and ethics of castration. According to the legislation, known as House Billa person convicted of a sexual offense involving anyone under the age of 13 will be required, as a condition of parole, "to undergo chemical castration treatment in addition to any other penalty or condition prescribed by law. The person will be obligated to pay for the cost of treatment, and a refusal to be castrated would be considered a parole violation, the legislation reads.
The bill, HBwhich passed unanimously in the state Senate on Tuesday, requires convicted offenders who abused a child under the age of 13 to take drugs, such as medroxyprogesterone acetate treatment, that block the production of testosterone, as well as other naturally occurring hormones and chemicals in the body that drive libido, as a condition for parole. The offender will also be required to pay for the treatment unless they cannot afford it. The bill still needs to be signed by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey to become law. Alabama is not the only state to consider chemical castration for sex offenders.
Alabama lawmakers passed legislation this week that would require some convicted child sex offenders to undergo chemical castration before leaving prison. Chemical castration is castration via continual injections of specific drugs such as medroxyprogesterone, which reduces libido and sexual activity by blocking the production of testosterone and other hormones. According to the legislation, the parolee would be required to pay for the cost of the treatment but the person cannot be denied parole if they are not able to pay for treatment.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law a controversial bill that requires chemical castration for convicted child sex offenders before they are released from prison. The bill, HBrequires convicted offenders who abused a child under the age of 13 to take drugs -- such as medroxyprogesterone acetate treatment, that block the production of testosterone as well as other naturally occurring hormones and chemicals in the body that drive libido -- as a condition for parole.
What's happening: Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey last week signed a bill into law that will require criminals found guilty of some sex crimes against children to undergo chemical castration before they are granted parole. Chemical castration involves using medication to lower a person's hormone levels and limit their libido.
The new law will mean that those who abused children under the age of 13 will be injected with hormone-blocking drugs before leaving prison. The medication will have to be administered until a judge, not a doctor, deemed it no longer necessary. A similar bill was proposed last year in Oklahoma but met strong opposition. The former Soviet republic of Moldova also passed a law mandating chemical castration for child sex offenders, in
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Chemical castration is castration via anaphrodisiac drugswhether to reduce libido and sexual activity, to treat canceror otherwise. Unlike surgical castrationwhere the gonads are removed through an incision in the body,  chemical castration does not remove organs, nor is it a form of sterilization. In MayThe New York Times reported that a number of countries use chemical castration on sex offendersoften in return for reduced sentences. When used on males, these drugs can reduce sex drive, compulsive sexual fantasies, and capacity for sexual arousal.