One of the most disturbing acts one can do is sexually molest a child. In one state, a drastic punishment is being presented that is seen as controversial by many.
No matter what side of the political aisle you stand on, there is no debating the actions of an adult taking advantage of an innocent child. When a person is tried and convicted, the punishment should fit the crime. In Alabama, Republican state Rep. Steve Hurst has re-introduced a bill that would require child sexual molesters over the age of 21 to be surgically castrated before they are released from prison.
Hurst's bill would also require that the felon be required and obligated for 100 percent of the medical cost. The bill is being submitted for the 2014 legislative session after failing to make it out of the committee in 2013. According to CNN, "at least" nine states have laws involving chemical castration for child sex offenders.
"At least nine U.S. states, including California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Oregon, Texas and Wisconsin have versions of chemical castration in their laws. It's unclear how frequently chemical castration is used in the United States."
Amnesty International was quick to criticize chemical castration and described it as "inhuman treatment," but others aren't so quick to take a stand against it. The bill will be brought up for considering, but it is not known how well it will fair moving forward.