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La. gov. signs chemical castration bill

BATON ROUGE, La., June 26 (UPI) -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a measure that would force convicted rapists and others to undergo chemical castration.

Calling sex offenders "monsters," Jindal signed Senate Bill 144 into law on Wednesday, the same day that the United States Supreme Court ruled his state cannot execute people who rape children under the age of 12, the Baton Rouge Advocate reported Thursday.

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"I am especially glad to sign (SB144) into Louisiana law ... on the same day the Supreme Court has made an atrocious ruling against our state's ability to sentence those who sexually assault our children to the fullest extent," he said.

The law will allow judges to order chemical castrations for convicted rapists and other sex offenders convicted of a first offense. On a second offense, injections of medroxyprogesterone acetate, which suppresses a man's sex drive by reducing testosterone levels. would be mandatory.

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