Mom Sues 17-Year-Old Son For Getting Transgender Services

A woman, Anmarie Calgaro from Minnesota, filed a lawsuit Wednesday against her 17-year trans daughter whom she said has wrongfully sought gender reassignment without her consent.  She also sued county health boards, a school district and local health care nonprofits.

"The news that county agencies and health service providers, the school and other county and state offices were completely bypassing me came as a total shock," Calgaro said while beginning to cry. "Why wasn't I even notified?"

Mom Was Not Informed That Her Child Got Transition-Related Treatment

Calgaro who is being represented by Thomas More Society,  an anti-abortion law firm, said that the transition-related medical care of her "son" whom she referred as  "J.D.K." in the suit,  was done without her knowledge.  "It was brought to my knowledge that my son (sic) began receiving hormone replacement treatments from Park Nicollet Health Services to transition from male to female, with medical assistance paying for this.  I was not consulted or informed about this in any way," she told reporters in a St. Paul, Minnesota court.

Despite doctor's letter stating that the teen "has had appropriate, permanent clinical treatment for transition to the new female gender", Calgaro and attorney Erick Kaardal repeatedly refer to the teen in question as male. 

Minnesota Law Allows Minors To Access Medical Care Without Parental Consent

The state of Minnesota does not have a legal process for emancipation of minors, but the law considers minors who are not living with parents as adults when it comes to medical care:  "Any minor who is living separate and apart from parents ... and who is managing personal financial affairs, regardless of the source or extent of the minor's income, may give effective consent to personal medical, dental, mental and other health services, and the consent of no other person is required."

Calgaro is challenging this law and said: "The bottom line of this lawsuit is that my basic civil rights to raise my child in the way I want have been violated."

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