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LA: Castration Bill

The House gave lopsided approval Wednesday to a bill that would allow chemical or physical castration as a punishment for some sex crimes.

On a 69-14 vote, House members approved Senate Bill 144 by Sen. Nick Gautreaux, D-Abbeville, sending it back to the Senate for approval of House committee changes.

As the bill left the House, the castration penalty was limited to a handful of crimes, not the wide range of sexual and nonsexual offenses it applied to when it left the Senate.

The bill would allow a judge to order a sex offender to be treated with chemical castration for a first offense and mandate the treatment for a second offense.

Court-appointed doctors would determine whether the individual is a “an appropriate candidate” for treatment with the sterilizing drug medroxyprogesterone acetate.

The sex offender could volunteer for physical castration and file a request with the court for the surgical procedure, along with a statement indicating that he “intelligently and knowingly” consents to the surgery.

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