Anmarie Calgaro filed a lawsuit in St. Paul, Minnesota, against her 17-year-old transgender daughter on Nov. 16 for undergoing hormone treatments without parental consent (video below).
Calgaro told journalists at a press conference that same day: "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."
While Calgaro and her attorney Erick Kaardal, of the anti-abortion Thomas More Society law firm, repeatedly referred to the teen as a male, a doctor's letter from January 2016 (within the lawsuit) says the teen "has had appropriate, permanent clinical treatment for transition to the new female gender."
Calgaro's lawsuit, which also includes various county health boards, a school district and multiple healthcare nonprofit agencies, seeks to take down a state law that allows minors to get medical care without parental consent.
The state law currently states:
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any minor who is living separate and apart from parents or legal guardian, whether with or without the consent of a parent or guardian and regardless of the duration of such separate residence, 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's lawsuit notes that there was an emancipation notice written by the teen and Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid that was filed with the Stearns County District Court in October 2015: "[M]other has made it known to him that she no longer wishes to have any contact with him," and "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."
Calgaro insisted that her child was welcome at her home.
"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 told reporters.
She went on to say that her Constitutional rights had been stripped from her.
Calgaro's transgender daughter will be 18 years old in July 2017, which means the lawsuit may be irrelevant in this particular situation, but the long term effects could create legal problems for transgender minors who seek medical treatment.
NBC News notes that medical treatment for emancipated minors in the state also includes abortion, which might explain the interest of the Thomas More Society in this case.
Calgaro insisted: "I'm also taking this action for the benefit of all parents and families, who may be facing the same violation of their rights, so that they and others in the future may be spared from the same tragic events."