Chemical castration for some sex offenders is in the agenda of several American states. It opens a new bioethical debate
We cite an article published yesterday which states that, Chemical castration involves taking medication that blocks testosterone production in order to decrease the person’s sex drive. Generally, it is reversible the testosterone-blocking drugs wear off after a while if people stop the treatments. At least eight States allow the procedure — including California, Florida and Texas— but it is unclear how often it is used.
The Alabama bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Steve Hurst, would require sex offenders whose crimes involved children younger than 13 to receive the medication before being released from prison on parole. They would then be required to continue the medication until a judge decided they could stop. “If it will help one or two children, and decrease that urge to the point that person does not harm that child, it’s worth it,” Hurst said during debate on the bill in the House of Representatives.