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The 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 12W: Sterilization; physician to have written consent before performing surgical or medical procedure

Section 12W. No physician shall perform, other than in an emergency, an operation which is intended to result in the sterilization of an individual unless he has a knowledgeable consent in writing from such individual. A physician who performs said operation without such consent shall be punished by a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars.