The Act changes the standard of proof for order regarding sterilization of mentally incompetent persons from a preponderance of evidence to clear and convincing evidence. It provides for closed hearings and trials in connection with sterilization orders, the addition of a psychiatrist or psychologist on the examining team to determine whether a person is mentally incompetent, the requirement that the examining team consider the feasibility of alternate methods of birth control rather than sterilization and a deletion of governmental agencies from those authorized to file mental incompetency petitions.
Georgia State University Law Review
"HEALTH Mentally Incompetent Persons: Sterilization,"
Georgia State University Law Review: Vol. 1
, Article 29.
Available at: http://readingroom.law.gsu.edu/gsulr/vol1/iss2/29