Alabama Legislator Reintroduces Castration Bill

hurst_sAlabama Rep. Steve Hurst (R-Munford) is hellbent on castration it seems. Despite the fact that his colleagues blocked his bill to legalize castration of convicted child molesters if their victims were under the age of 12 (and make them pay for the procedure), Hurst has reintroduced the legislation.

The bill would cover convicted sex offenders over the age of 21 who would have to be castrated prior to their release from prison if their victims were under the age of 12 years old. Hurst’s requirement that the offender pay for his own castration reminds me of the Chinese government forcing families to pay for the bullet used to kill their relatives in capital cases.

Nine states including California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa Louisiana, Montana, Oregon, Texas and Wisconsin already have “chemical castration” options in their laws. These laws often offer chemical castration to reduce incarceration or as a voluntary measure for sex offenders. What is interesting is that Hurst does not specify the manner of castration in his legislation but does refer to it as “surgical” in his press releases.

Castration has been denounced as cruel and unusual punishment by civil libertarians much like cutting off hands and feet in some Sharia based systems.

Hurst has a high school education and has served in the legislature since 1998. He is a former Talladega County Commissioner. In 2010, he switched from the Democratic to Republican party. He has adopted a castration-focused campaign for reelection it seems from his website. He states:

In case you missed it, I’ve taken up legislation that would give Alabama the strongest laws in the country to protect children against sexual predators. I’ve already heard from many across the state who have expressed ardent support for this bill, and I wanted you to know more about it as well.

Too many children have been affected by unforgivable acts of sexual violence. Such crimes are indefensible, and often repeated by the offender.

As a state representative, my heart breaks from the countless stories I hear of innocent children being victimized by sexual predators. That’s why I’m sponsoring legislation that will require surgical castration for those who would aim to sexually assault a child under the age of twelve.

Not only does this bill aim to stop the cycle of abuse, it will also send a strong message to any would-be offenders that Alabamians will vigorously fight to ensure that no harm will come to our children.

If even one child can be spared a lifetime of pain, this bill will have been worth the fight. If you agree, share this message with your friends and stand with me as we fight to protect our children.

Voters like Julia Fletcher are thrilled with the idea in comments on his Facebook cite: “Julia Fletcher Thank you Representative Hurst for caring about our children and for caring about our future. Short of a massive and immediate re-education of our entire population to undo the harm “The Kinsey Syndrome” has done, your solution appears to now be the only prevention and the only cure.”

Notably, Hurst offers himself as an alternative to “foolish” legislation. This is his mission statement:

I am a social and fiscal conservative and condemn the foolish manner in which both parties in Washington, past and present, have endangered our economy.

I believe in the second amendment of our constitution, and strongly oppose any effort to infringe on our right to bear arms. I have sponsored and co-sponsored legislation to maintain this right.

I believe life begins at conception and I consistently work to protect our unborn children.

I believe that marriage is ordained by God and should only take place by a man and woman.

My actions as a legislator are based on these fundamental values that I believe are shared by the people in my district.

Source: CBS

39 thoughts on “Alabama Legislator Reintroduces Castration Bill”

  1. “Historically, castration is one method that has been used for sex offenders in general. Its purpose is to eliminate sex drive so that the offender will lose his motivation to offend. However, it does not always reduce sex drive.”


    The relationship of surgical castration to sexual recidivism in a sexually violent predator/sexually dangerous person
    (SVP/SDP) population is reviewed. A review of the literature on castrated sex offenders reveals a very low
    incidence of sexual recidivism. The low sexual recidivism rates reported are critiqued in light of the methodologic
    limitations of the studies. Better designed testicular/prostate cancer studies have demonstrated that, while sexual
    desire is reduced by orchiectomy, the capacity to develop an erection in response to sexually stimulating material
    is not eliminated. The relevance of this literature to SVP/SDP commitment decisions and ethics is discussed. Two
    vignettes of castrated, high-risk sex offenders illustrate how to address risk reduction. Two tables are presented:
    the first outlines individual case data from a difficult-to-obtain report, and the second summarizes the most
    frequently cited castration studies on sexual recidivism. Orchiectomy may have a role in risk assessments;
    however, other variables should be considered, particularly as the effects can be reversed by replacement
    J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 33:16 –36, 2005

  3. As usual, some of the responses on this topic repeat the question that helped derail the Dukakis candidacy. Criminals who receive emotional satisfaction from inflicting savage cruelty against their victims and people who receive emotional satisfaction from inflicting savage cruelty against criminals occupy flip sides of the same coin. A reasonably successful society is one which manages to stay a half step ahead of the lynch mob.

    1. The satisfaction I get is not from the savage killing of a rapist, it is the fact that there is one less threat to our chilren roaming the streets.

  4. Castration is a waste of time and money for these rapists! Rape is about controlling another person, so cutting off their head is a better option! I am well aware that my belief differs from most on this forum, however, I am a non believer in reform for rapists! They are only reformed until they victimize again.

  5. Stop the cycle? Really? That’s a purely leftist bull-puckey. A right winger knows there is no way to stop crime, only punish it.

    “If it just saves one child” is the mind-numbing screed of the DemocRAT used endlessly to foist a world of insanity on us. The leftist monster from Alabama was a Democrat until 2010. Maybe he is another leftist mole like John McCain or Newt Gingrinch hanging out in the GOP to destroy it? But I digress. Full disclosure, I’m not a member of any political party.

    What shall we do with the deranged leftists who infest my beloved America? How shall we stop the cycle of their crimes against humanity (abortion mass murder mostly through chemical weapons of mass destruction, the theft of trillions of dollars in illegal welfare schemes, and the treasonous destruction of the Constitution)?

    Castrate their brains? Well, if we use their mode of reasoning, yes.

    Oh wait. The government is castrating brains for decades now. With flouride. In the water supply. Courtesy your government that loves you! (Fluoride is a by-product of nasty industrial production).

    Perhaps he drank too much of it?

  6. I am amazed that someone with these crazy beliefs can actually get elected and reelected in any state. The crazies have taken over.

  7. This is something I actually agree with……. Let’s start with all the guilty Priests, first!

  8. Is Steave Hurst a follower of Sharia Law? What would that mean? Is he a secret Muslim? Shouldn’t his GOP colleagues be looking into that right now? The REPUBLICAN PARTY full of surprises. This guy is a nut but because he is an elected nut he is dangerous.

  9. funny how those who do not fear getting caught or of being punished are the main ones to yell for this type of legislation.

    not sure if many here know but im sure of many many others who are well aware of the “boystown scandal” “the franklin coverup” the holly briege story” and jo benet ramsay ,. look up who was in the area when marilyn mccann disappeared never to be found. i suggest you look them up. and while we at it. when do we begin pushing for the rich to have to adhere to the same laws as we do? its their fault we are in the crap we are in. they are the thieves ” wall street shearing” is what its called by many.. the murderers ” the clinton chronicles” along with watergate and every act of war and terrorism we have suffered. you also might want to read Thanks for the memories by brice taylor. or look up svali aka susan ford. smh. will the people ever learn. and begin the fight to get ‘ REAL HUMANS” back into the offices that govern our country

  10. I wonder how many of you bleeding heart Liberals who have so far commented with astonishing outrage have had your child sexually molested by a pervert.

  11. I hope they use Board Certified Castration Surgeons, current w/ the latest techniques.

  12. If I recall George Wallace had a change of heart….. Sometimes terrible things have to occur before they really get the message…..

  13. I look forward to Rep. Hurst’s next proposal, cutting off the hands of thieves. In fact, I believe that form of punishment already exists in some cultures.

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