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Is Chemical Castration a Good Thing?

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Chemical Castration is supposed to be a way that the government can somehow reduce the rates of rapes and molestation. Not everybody believes in this procedure. I am one of those people who do not believe in this procedure. I don’t think that this could be affective, and won’t benefit our country.

A bill was passed recently saying that if a child molester was convicted twice of molesting a child under the age of thirteen years, they would be court ordered to do this procedure. In a recent article Assemblyman Bill Hoge, the bill’s chief sponsor had said “Why not give these people a shot to calm themselves down and bring them under control,” (qtd. in Geier). When a molester has to go through this treatment they have to get injected weekly with Depo-Provera. This drug is supposed to calm down the molesters sex drive. In a recent questionnaire, I have found out that 48% percent of people belived in Chemical Castration and that 48% did not believe in it. Only 4 % of the people did not know what this procedure was.

People tend to get mixed emotions about this procedure because people think that Depo-Provera will not have any effect on the molester. Depo-Provera is a type of birth control that women use. Depo-Provera is a birth control that has a synthetic version of the female hormone progesterone. It is said in an article that Depo-Provera could actually make the molesters more angry and it could possibly lead to more sexual crimes. So it causes some people to wander how a birth control can stop a man from having a sex urge. People are also against this because the molester doesn’t get to have the option of getting it or not. This I don’t agree with, because I feel like if a person has done such a bad crime that all their rights sh...

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...g to make the children of America more safe. I want to see justice served the right way.

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