Why This Mother Is Suing Her Transgender Daughter

November 18th 2016

Kyle Jaeger

A mother in Minnesota is suing her 17-year-old transgender daughter over her decision to seek gender reassignment procedures without her consent.

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Anmarie Calgaro announced at a press conference Wednesday that she filed a lawsuit against her daughter, in addition to health care organizations and a school district that had knowledge of the medical procedures. The lawsuit challenges a Minnesota law that grants minors the ability to receive medical care without parental permission as long as they are "living separate and apart from parents" and "managing personal financial affairs, regardless of the source or extent of the minor's income."

Calgaro complained that her daughter — whom she described as her "son" despite a doctor's letter stating that she "had appropriate, permanent clinical treatment for transition to the new female gender" — received hormone replacement treatments without her knowledge or consent, NBC News reported.

Here's part of the mom's statement during the press conference:

"Last year without my knowledge or consent, without any court hearings or legal process, without any involvement on my part whatsoever, a legal aid group that gives free services to low-income people created a notice of emancipation for my 15-year-old son. Suddenly my son without any notice to me was no longer under my supervision... It was then brought to my knowledge that my son had begun receiving hormone replacement treatments from 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. I had no way to give or receive any information about my son."

In June 2015, the legal aid group Calgaro referenced (above) in her statement filed court documents, which noted that the "mother has made it known to him that she no longer wishes to have any contact with him" and "has taken no actions to report him as a runaway or taken legal action to keep him in her home."

Calgaro denied the characterization of their relationship, and neither the legal aid group nor Calgaro's lawyer has responded to ATTN:'s requests for comment. We will update this story when we hear back.

This lawsuit could impact more than just transgender rights.

Calgaro is being represented by the Thomas More Society. The conservative law firm has pursued an anti-abortion agenda and has represented controversial clients such as David Daleiden, who "was indicted by a Texas grand jury in January for buying and selling human organs in an attempt to frame Planned Parenthood," according to NBC News.

If Calgaro's suit is successful, it could restrict the ability of other emancipated minors in the state from receiving abortions without parental consent, because it would apply to medical procedures. As it stands, emancipated minors in Minnesota are allowed to seek abortions — and non-emancipated minors must inform their parents at least two days before the procedure. Changing the consent policy for emancipated minors when it comes to medical care would also restrict access to abortions for minors who don't live with their parents.