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Turkey's ruling party has proposed legalizing chemical castration as punishment for repeat rapists or pedophiles in a wide-ranging overhaul of sex abuse laws.
It also would almost double maximum prison terms served for sex offenses to 10 years. Convicted pedophiles would serve up to 18 years in prison while sexual abuse of children by parents, stepparents, siblings or guardians would be punishable by 27 years.
Chemical castration is neither castration nor sterilization. Unlike actual castration, no permanent physical change is wrought in the body by the administration of Depo Provera to "chemically castrate" a sex offender (Fitzgerald, 1990). Depo Provera is an FDA-approved birth control drug that quells the sex drive of sex offenders; it lowers testosterone levels in males by decreasing androgen levels in the bloodstream.(4) This, in theory, reduces the compulsive sexual fantasies of some types of sex offenders. Side effects from the drug have been rare and "are believed to be fully reversible with cessation of treatment."
For the sake of argument:
Forced castration violates a fundamental human right. However bad the crime, no government should have the right to physically alter a prisoner's body or interfere with his ability to reproduce.
This measure has been previously used by eugenicists as a way of preventing people from breeding, by the Nazis on those they considered undesirable, and by the Swedish to forcibly sterilize mental patients in the 1970s. It isn't something that a civilized 21st century society should allow.
The administration of libido-lowering drugs has been shown to cut re-offending rates from 40 per cent to five per cent.
The threat of chemical castration may act as a deterrent.
Unlike surgical castration, chemical castration is a humane procedure. It is already used as a treatment for prostate cancer.
Chemical castration has been implemented successfully, on a voluntary basis, in several European countries.
Originally posted by Deebo
I feel bad for the guy who meets a girl at a party, and she regrets the fun the next day after the alcohol wears off.
good idea but im not so sure it would necessarily work that well
Without balls you don't really have the testosterone to want to do that anymore. At least that's what I've heard.
I think it's chemical, not physical, silly.
What a shame huh...
Though you're right, Turkey is considering chemical castration.
Seriously though, I don't think we should chemically castrate rapists, as firstly, it's much more simple just to keep them locked up in prison, and secondly, like the death penalty, if someone's conviction is later quashed, then there's not much you can do to reverse the original punishment.
Originally posted by sonjah1
I think you can very easily reverse the original punishment by stopping the drugs/chemicals?