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Louisiana Lawmakers Approve Surgical Castration of Child Molesters

This measure would be the first of its kind in the United States if the governor signs it into law.

Sex crimes against children in Louisiana could be punishable by surgical castration under legislation approved by state lawmakers.

This measure would be the first of its kind in the United States if the governor signs it into law.

The bill, overwhelmingly passed by the state legislature on Monday, would permit judges to order surgical castration for defendants convicted of certain sex crimes against children under 13.

It will now go before Governor Jeff Landry, a Republican.

Landry’s office did not immediately respond when asked whether he intends to sign the legislation.

Some states, including Louisiana, California and Texas, already have laws that give judges the power to order chemical castration. This is a less intrusive measure that involves taking hormone-blocking medication.

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But Louisiana would be the first state to allow judges to impose surgical castration as a penalty, according to the National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL), an advocacy group that opposed the bill.

The bill requires a determination from a court-appointed medical expert that a defendant is an “appropriate candidate for surgery” before a judge can order the procedure.

Opponents argue the punishment is cruel and note that surgical castration, unlike chemical castration, is irreversible.

“It is, at best, ineffective and, at worst, barbaric,” Sandy Rozek, a spokesperson for NARSOL, said in a statement.

While the legislation drew most of its support from Republicans, who dominate the Louisiana legislature, it was introduced by Senator Regina Barrow, a Democrat.

“I want to make sure that our kids are safe,” she said at a hearing last month.

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