Argument: Castrating sex offenders is barbaric
- Debate: Castration of sex offenders - con argument.
Larry Helm Spalding. "Chemical castration: A return to the Dark Ages." ACLU. August 1997: "For decades after the fall of Nazi Germany and the discovery of the infamous medical experiments of Dr. Josef Mengele, it constituted a periodic embarrassment. An enraged judge would condemn a defendant convicted of a sex crime to castration. The sentence would be disallowed on appeal, and a relieved public would laud itself for living in more enlightened times. Well, the definition of enlightenment has changed. During the 1997 Regular Session, the Florida Legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill imposing weekly injections of a sexdrivereducing hormone called DepoProvera on paroled sex offenders."