A bill was signed into law by the government of Alabama that requires pedophile prisoners to undergo chemical castration.
Under this law, those found guilty of sex assault against minor less than 13 years of age will be given sex-drive lowering medications a month prior being released on parole.
The court will, however, decide that when it is no longer required.
Now there are seven states, including Louisiana and Florida, with chemical castration laws.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on Monday signed the bill. “This is a step toward protecting children in Alabama,” Ivey said.
It will be necessary for offenders to pay for medication.
Republican representative Steve Hurst proposed the measure, saying that he had been affected by hearing an account from a foster care organization of a small child being sexually assaulted.
Alternatively, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama has condemned the bill.
“It’s not clear that this actually has any effect and whether it’s even medically proven. When the state starts experimenting on people, I think it runs afoul of the Constitution,” said Executive director Randall Marshall.
What is Chemical Castration?
Chemical castration is a treatment that blocks testosterone production, affecting the sex drive of a person, usually controlled by injection or tablet form.
It is however, reversed when the treatment is discontinued.