An Alabama lawmaker wants to introduce a new form of punishment in addition to imprisonment for those found guilty of child sexual abuse: permanent surgical castration.
State Representative Steve Hurst's bill would mandate that any person over the age of 21 who commits a sex offense against a child 12 years old or younger be surgically and permanently castrated before leaving custody.
“They have marked this child for life, and the punishment should fit the crime,” Hurst stated.
This isn't Hurst’s first time introducing the bill.
"I had people call me in the past when I introduced it and said, 'Don’t you think this is inhumane?' I asked them what’s more inhumane than when you take a little infant child, and you sexually molest that infant child when the child cannot defend themselves or get away, and they have to go through all the things they have to go through," said Hurst. "If you want to talk about inhumane, that’s inhumane."
He said he believes that this punishment would reduce the number of sex offenders by making them think twice.
The bill will have to pass the judiciary committee before it’s heard by the Alabama House and Senate.
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