An Alabama lawmaker hopes his bill will reduce sex crimes in the state.
Representative Steve Hurst has proposed a bill that would use surgical castration as a tool to prevent sex offenders from striking again.
It would only apply to offenders over 21 whose victims were 12 or younger.
The state would require convicted offenders to pay for the procedure before leaving prison.
"I know I have people that say that this is inhumane," Rep. Hurst said. "The way I look at this is - what is inhumane is to molest a child - especially an infant. That's inhumane. I'm going to pursue it every year until I'm out or until I die because these children have no one to protect them."
Hurst attempted to pass the same bill last year, but it never made it out of committee.