A Tennessee lawmaker has introduced a bill that would require anyone convicted of a sexual offense against a child under the age of 13 to be chemically castrated, The Tennesseean reports.
Bruce Griffey, a Republican from the rural community of Paris, introduced the bill which, should it be passed, would become effective in July.
Under the language of the bill, which is nearly identical to that of a similar law approved last year in Alabama, those sentenced for the crime would undergo a chemical injection that “reduces, inhibits or blocks the production of testosterone, hormones, or other chemicals in a person’s body.” If the person refuses, he would be considered to be in violation of his parole and would be “immediately remanded to the custody of the department of correction for the remainder of the person’s sentence,” the bill states.
Further, the condemned would be required to pay for the “treatments” himself.
Theoretically, according to The Sun, chemical castration would decrease the sexual urges of the person receiving the “treatment,” reducing the chances of them offending again. In such cases, the offender is given a drug, such as Leuprorelin, which has been used to treat difficulties in controlling sexual arousal, intrusive sexual fantasies, sadism or other “dangerous” tendencies. Side effects can include osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, depression, hot flashes and anemia.