Ala. lawmaker tries passing castration bill — again

Ala. lawmaker tries passing castration bill — again

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Alabama Rep. Steve Hurst is trying to pass his passion project, a bill requiring castration for sex offenders.YouTube

Alabama Rep. Steve Hurst is trying to pass his passion project, a bill requiring castration for sex offenders.

An Alabama lawmaker is at it again.

Rep. Steve Hurst wants convicted sex offenders castrated before leaving the state’s Department of Corrections custody — the Republican’s latest attempt to push his passion project through the legislature.

Hurst’s proposed policy would require surgical castration for both male and female sex offenders convicted of certain sex crimes against children 12-years-old and younger.

The bill does not specify which crimes would require the surgery.

“They have marked this child for life and the punishment should fit the crime,” Hurst told WIAT-TV after filing the legislation on Thursday.

If the controversial castration bill fails again, it would be the thrid time the veteran lawmaker from Calhoun County has failed to pass it over the past decade.

During his last attempt to pass the bill in 2013, Hurst defended his legislation.

“I know I have people that say that this is inhumane, Hurst said. “The way I look at this is, what is inhumane is to molest a child, especially an infant. That’s inhumane.”

His bill would pass the cost of the surgery onto the offender.

Opponents of the punishment argue it does nothing to correct the offender’s mental health.

Similar castration laws exist in California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Montana, Oregon, Texas and Wisconsin, but none are as severe as Alabama’s proposed law.

Most states require repeat offenders to take medications reducing testosterone levels before being released while other states offer voluntary removal of the offender’s testicals.

The eight states do not detail castration for female sex offenders, a punishment depicted in Hurst’s bill. The surgery, also known as female genital mutilation, is a technique often performed on girls to prevent premarital sex in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The World Health Organization considers the surgery a human rights violation.

It is considered illegal in the United States except when performed when necessary for health reasons.

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