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256.08 Insane persons in state hospitals; consent to operation.

When any person has been committed as insane to the custody of the superintendent of a state hospital for the insane and has been an inmate of such hospital for at least six consecutive months, the commissioner of human services, after consultation with the superintendent of the hospital wherein such person is an inmate, a reputable physician, and psychologist selected by the commissioner of human services, and after a careful investigation of all the circumstances of the case, may, with the written consent of the patient and of the spouse or nearest kin, or the duly appointed guardian of such insane person, cause such insane person to be sterilized by a competent surgeon by the operation of vasectomy or tubectomy.

HIST: (4422-2) 1925 c 154 s 2; 1984 c 654 art 5 s 58