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Argument: Castration exposes sex offenders to side effects

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Larry Helm Spalding, Legislative Staff Counsel to the ACLU. "Chemical castration: a return to the dark ages." ACLU. August 1997: "5. The state may not, without their consent, expose individuals to potentially dangerous medical side effects. The physiological effects of DepoProvera include temporary diminution of erections and ejaculations and a reduction in sperm count. The drug may also cause diabetes, gallstones, hypertension, fatigue, weight gain, cold sweats, nightmares and muscle weakness. The long term effects are unknown."

Atul Gawande. "The unkindest cut." Slate. July 13, 1997: "research has produced powerful drugs, such as cyproproterone and medroxyprogesterone, which reversibly block testosterone production. The drugs' primary use in men is to control prostate cancer, but when injected daily or weekly they reduce testosterone to castration levels. Side effects include serious allergic reactions and the formation of blood clots that can kill patients. The drugs also appear to alter thinking enough to increase suicide rates. The Czech Republic and Germany have reintroduced castration in this modern, seemingly humane form, although only among sex offenders who volunteer for treatment."

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