Representative Steve Hurst talks proposing castration bill for third time

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Surgical castration is a severe and controversial approach to dealing with sex offenders.

But that’s exactly what state representative Steve Hurst wants to do.

He joined the CBS42 Morning News Thursday morning to talk about a bill he introduced last week that has drawn a lot of attention.

We conducted a poll on our website: 51 percent of those who responded said they don’t agree with the bill and 48percent support it.

Not everyone is convinced of the effectiveness of castration.

The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, which is a non-profit group of researchers and clinicians, say a substantial percentage of surgically castrated offenders retain some sexual functioning.

This group is suggesting chemical castration can achieve the same results, if not better.

This is the third time Hurst has introduced this bill, first back in 2012 and then he re-submitted it in 2013.

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