Gov’t goes behind parent’s back to help boy become girl

Nov 5, 2018 by

Officials facilitated treatments for minor against mom’s specific instructions

Three 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges are considering a case in which government officials facilitated sex-change treatments for a minor child against the parent’s specific instructions.

Anmarie Calgaro filed suit in November 2016 after her then-minor son underwent sex-change treatment with the aid of the St. Louis County School District, St. Louis County, Fairview Health Services and Park Nicollet Health Services.

At the trial level, Judge Paul Magnuson agreed her parental rights, which remained “intact” at the time, were violated. But he dismissed the case, determining school officials and social workers did not infringe on her constitutional rights.

Calgaro’s lawsuit was heard recently before the appeals court in the case of J.D.K., who was 17 at the time. A lawyer for St. Louis County blamed a worker’s error and denied county liability. The health services organization’s attorney insisted the agency acted properly.

The boy was told by a lawyer with Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid that he was emancipated from his parents’ authority and could pursue sex-change surgery without their permission or even informing them.

Calgaro is represented by the Thomas More Society, and special counsel Erick Kaardal has called her ordeal “a parent’s worst nightmare.”

Source: Gov’t goes behind parent’s back to help boy become girl

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