(Another brilliant idea from the Alabama Legislature. - promoted by countrycat)
Alabama’s 35th District House Representative Steve Hurst has vowed to reintroduce a bill next legislative session that would provide for the physical castration of convicted child molesters whose victim was younger than twelve.
Representative Hurst attempted to pass the bill the last session, as well as twice more before that, but it did not make it out of committee review.
While Hurst admits that the bill is of questionable constitutionality, he has made unequivocal statements that a possible court challenge is not a detractor for him.
“The only way this is going to be tested in federal court is if the bill passes and somebody wants to file suit on it.”
In essence, if we don’t pass it, how will we ever know?
The bill includes provisions that would proscribe castration only for offenders over 21. However, any offender forced to undergo the procedure would be required to pay for it.
Many civil and human rights groups are outraged. In March, Amnesty International released a statement condemning chemical castration as “inhumane treatment” “incompatible with human rights.”
The specific type of castration required by the proposed legislation, however, is even more invasive. As Hurst himself explained, instead of chemicals being used to prevent libido and sexual efficacy, under the proposed law “they would take [the offender’s] testicles out.”
According to a 2012 CNN report, while several states have chemical castration statutes, Alabama would be the first to go this far. When asked about chemical as opposed to physical castration, Representative Hurst said that the chemical option is “not strong enough.”
“If [physical castration] were to keep one child from being molested, then it would be worth it,” he commented.
Four years ago, the Council of Europe’s Anti-Torture Committee criticized the Czech Republic for the exact same practice, calling the process “invasive, irreversible, and mutilating.”
The next Alabama legislative session begins in January of next year.
Hurst's district includes Calhoun & Talladega Counties.