A Minnesota mother filed a lawsuit this week to stop her transgender 17-year-old from continuing hormone replacement treatment without her permission.
“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,” Anmarie Calgaro told reporters in St. Paul.
“I was not consulted or informed about this in any way.”
In her statement, Calgaro repeatedly refers to her trans daughter with male pronouns in spite of a doctor’s letter that confirms the 17-year-old “has had appropriate, permanent clinical treatment for transition to the new female gender.”
Calgaro insists the suit is meant only to challenge a Minnesota law that allows some minors to access medical care and procedures without the consent of their parents.
“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.”
According to the emancipation documents filed by her daughter, Calgaro has “made it known that she no longer wishes to have any contact with her [daughter]” and that when she left the home to live with her father, she “[took] no actions to report [her] as a runaway…and made no attempts to bring [her] home.”
The statement was filed in October 2015. By January 2016, the teen had begun to transition and was issued new identity documents marking her as female.
“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?”
The statute that permits Calgaro’s daughter to receive treatment also allows emancipated minors to receive abortions without parental notification. If the suit is successful, young women may find it increasingly difficult to make their own decisions regarding their reproductive rights.
“I’m… taking this action for the benefit of all parents and families, who may be facing the same violation of their rights,” said Calgaro, “So that they and others in the future may be spared from the same tragic events.”
h/t: NBC Out