中英對照─Alabama law forces child sex offenders to be chemically castrated／阿拉巴馬州法律強制對兒童性侵犯化學去勢
Child sex abusers in Alabama will have to be chemically castrated before they are granted parole.
The new law, backed by Alabama’s legislature last week, will force some convicted pedophiles to take medication to reduce their sex drive. Inmates will also have to pay for the treatment, which applies to sex crimes involving children under 13.
However, some legal groups have questioned the legality of forced medication, suggesting that it violates the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment prohibits the government from inflicting ’cruel and unusual punishments’ on its citizens.
Critics also note that those required to take drugs to reduce their sexual urges suffer from serious side effects, including life threatening blood clotting and allergic reactions.