August 31, 1996 in Nation/World

California Approves Chemical Castration

Compiled From Wire Services

The Assembly on Friday approved a measure requiring chemical castration of the state’s worst child molesters, making California the first state in the country to mandate the controversial procedure.

Final legislative passage came on a overwhelming 50-8 vote amid whoops of joy by proponents on the Assembly floor.

The measure now goes to Gov. Pete Wilson, who has said he will sign the bill and make California the only state with a law mandating injections of sex-drive suppressing drugs for molesters.

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