This should be an interesting debate.
1) sterilize-deprive (a person or animal) of the ability to produce offspring, typically by removing or blocking the sex organs
2) sexual offenders- n. generic term for persons convicted of crimes involving sexes
Sterilization is a permanent process. However, mistakes can be, and are made when trying sex offenders, and it is unfair and frankly ironic that someone falsely accused/convicted of sexual crimes will lose their ability to procreate
I say this because sexual offenders hav proven that they cannot be trusted with the safety of others. My father was a sexual offender, and he raped me. I would never want another child to go through that.
In an ideal world, where are legal system is 100 percent right, then I would agree that sexual offenders should be sterilized, but its not it. There are wrongfully convicted innocent people with the label of sex offender (also sex offenses can be ambigous, see here: http://www.nytimes.com...). Other methods can be used to control sex offenders that would prevent them from striking again that aren't irreversible.
Parenting is a privilege for mentally stable people, not a right for everyone. Most sexual offendersare are people who have raped or molested someone. You have no idea what it is like to be raised by a pedophile. My father raped me when I was 13, and whgen I reported him, I was ignored and forced to live with him. Rapists do not have the right to have children because you cannot trust a rapist around children.
I would agree that sexual offenders should not be allowed to have children. However forced sterilization (getting tubes tied, etc.) is too permanent.If the law had prevented your father from being around you and other children , not only would it have stopped him, but also ensured wrongfully convicted sex offenders still have a chance at a happy life after their conviction is overturned. (Plus sterilization would not stop true rapists from being able to rape, so it might even be less effecctive.
Sexual offenders are anyone who has been convicted for a sex related crime in the court of law. This includes people who have been wrongfully convicted. If we sterilize them all, we permanently hurt the innocent people, who are wrongfully labeled sex offenders, even if their convictions are eventually overturned. We can stop sex offenders from having children without such an irreversible action. Our court system is not perfect, so we shouldn't do anything that is not reversible.
Ok I guess I just conclude? To sum up- if we want the smartest policy to protect children from sexual offender fathers, we should put in rules and regulations to prevent sexual offenders from being the guardians of children. We shouldn't just sterilize them, because it would also permanently deprive the wrongfully convicted of the being able to raise a family. We can protect both the kids and the innocent people labeled sex offenders- sterilization does not do this.