A 17-year-old has been sued by her mother for undergoing hormone replacement treatments without her mother's knowledge.
The mother, Anmarie Calgaro, filed suit in a Minnesota court on Nov. 16, against her daughter, county health boards, a school district and local health care nonprofits, NBC News reports.
Speaking to reporters in a court in St. Paul, Minnesota, Calgaro’s statement reads in part:
It was brought to my knowledge that my son 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 ... 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 and her attorney, Erick Kaardal, refer to the transgendered teen as male, although a doctor's letter included in the complaint confirms that the teen "has had appropriate, permanent clinical treatment for transition to the new female gender."
Calgaro is challenging a Minnesota law that allows minor to access medical care and procedures without the consent of their parents. As Kaardal explained, "Medical service providers determine whether a teenage child is emancipated," which allows minors to receive "elective, non-emergency medical procedure(s)."
According to Minnesota law, minors who are living on their own are considered adults. The law defines what it considers emancipation:
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.
In tandem with Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, the teen drafted an emancipation statement in June 2015. The statement declares that Calgaro “has made it known to him that she no longer wishes to have any contact with him ... knows where he is and has made no attempts to bring him home," and "has taken no actions to report him as a runaway or taken legal action to keep him in her home."
The mother disputes the claims about her relationship with her child.
There have been no national surveys to estimate the number of transgender children in the U.S., reports The New York Times.