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Nov 05, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall

MN Mom Claims Teen Son Received Sex Change Treatment Against Her Wishes

A Minnesota mother recently filed an appeal after a district judge ruled against her lawsuit in which she claims her 17-year-old son received sex change treatments without her consent. The mother, Anmarie Calgaro, enlisted the counsel of conservative Christian legal group, the Thomas Moore Society.

In October, Calgaro’s case was presented before a three-judge panel of the United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Thomas Moore Society Special Counsel Erick Kaardal argued that Calgaro’s son, identified only in court documents as “E.J.K.,” received “elective medical services for a sex change without her consent or a court order of emancipation.”

In Calgaro’s initial lawsuit, filed back in 2016, she claims that the defendants (St. Louis, County, Interim Director of St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services Linnea Mirsch, Fairview Health Services, Park Nicollet Health Services, the Cherry School district, the Cherry School Principal Michael Johnson, and her son E.J.K.) terminated "her constitutionally protected parental rights without due process" in violation of the 14th Amendment.

School officials argued that E.J.K. should be treated as an emancipated minor because he had been living on his own and had obtained a letter, though not an official court order, from a lawyer concluding that he was legally emancipated under Minnesota law.

Although he admitted her son “has never obtained a court order of emancipation” and that Calgaro’s parental rights to her child “remain intact," District Court Judge Paul Magnuson ruled against the mother in May 2017.

In a statement released this week, Kaardal called Calgaro's prolonged legal battle “a parent’s worst nightmare.”

“There’s a real disconnect in the District Court decision where the mother’s parental rights are admitted but not honored,” he said. “At the same time, the District Court claims those agencies which are clearly violating Calgaro’s acknowledged rights are doing nothing wrong.”

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