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The Thomas More Society has filed a legal appeal on behalf a Minnesota mother who recently lost a lawsuit against, among several parties, a school that helped her 15-year-old son transition into a girl (with the help of drugs and other medical services) without seeking her consent or even informing her.
As Life Site News reported in May, District Judge Paul Magnuson at that time dismissed Anmarie Calgaro’s lawsuit on the grounds that because the boy was living with friends and not with his mother, actions taken by the school, county and doctors (all of whom her initial suit named as defendants) did not constitute an infringement of parental rights.
There are a number of problems with this ruling, as the Thomas More Society points out in its release announcing the new appeal.
For one, the child was not legally emancipated from his parents, meaning the fact that he lived away from home was irrelevant.
“Fit parents’ parental rights over unemancipated minors cannot be terminated without due process,” the Thomas More Society’s release quotes Special Counsel Erick Kaardal as stating.
“There is a real disconnect in the District Court’s decision where the mother’s parental rights are admitted but not honored,” Kaardal added. “Then, at the same time, the District Court claims those agencies which are violating Calgaro’s rights are doing nothing wrong.”
“The U.S. Court of Appeals needs to untangle this incompatible scenario by stating how the law of parental rights and emancipation work in an administrative state by addressing emancipation procedures in a way that protects parental rights, and by clarifying the law in a way that does not violate those rights.”
Calgaro’s initial lawsuit was filed in November of 2016.
“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,” Calgaro told reporters at the time the suit was filed.
“I was not consulted or informed about this in any way.”
Hear from Calgaro as well as Kaardal below.
On Wednesday, November 16th, a northern Minnesota mother filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal district court. She is asking the court to restore her 14th amendment constitutional due process rights which she claims were violated when her parental rights were suddenly and arbitrarily removed. [See press release.]In June, 2015, without her knowledge, consent, or involvement, Anmarie Calgaro’s fifteen-year-old son obtained a “Notice of Emancipation” from Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, a nonprofit agency that provides free legal services to low income people.Using this document alone, state agencies and private services shut Anmarie out of every important physical, emotional, and educational decision her minor son was making. Suddenly and without notice, she no longer had access to his school or health records. Without her consent, the state issued him a state driver’s license and county health services approved housing and other county services.A private health service began prescribing dangerous hormonal drugs to ‘transition’ him from male to female. This health service never consulted her, even though these controversial and largely untested drugs cause potentially irreversible effects and have unknown long-term risks. He was even prescribed narcotics from another health service. Clearly, Anmarie’s God-given and constitutionally protected parental rights have been violated. And her responsibilities to care for her son’s physical and emotional health and safety have been blocked by the actions of these agencies and services. She has been denied the chance to plead her case in court.Anmarie, her family, and her son have been grievously harmed by this unconstitutional collusion of groups that exclude her from the on-going medical, physical, and emotional care and education of her own child. Outside agencies cannot fully understand the physical background, personal struggles, insecurities, strengths, weaknesses, fears and dreams of her child without talking to her. Nor can a struggling child of sixteen be considered capable of making fully informed and life changing decisions like this. For his safety and for his welfare, Anmarie wants and needs to be involved.The Minnesota Child Protection League (MN CPL) is supporting Anmarie’s legal challenge because her rights and the welfare of her son have been outrageously trampled upon. MN CPL is also supporting her legal challenge because this is happening to other families around the country. [See MN CPL statement.] Attorney Erick Kaardal filed the complaint on Anmarie’s behalf with the support of the Thomas More Society of Chicago, a national nonprofit public interest law firm. Anmarie is asking the courts to declare that her due process rights under the 14th amendment of the Constitution have been violated, and to restore her full parental rights. She wants to help her son. She also wants to help other families in similar circumstances who have been deprived of their parental rights to help their own children. [See Anmarie’s statement.]The Minnesota Child Protection League (MN CPL) exists to protect children from exploitation, indoctrination and violence. For more information regarding this case, please go to MN Child Protection League.
Posted by Emily Gruenhagen on Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Transgender activists, unsurprisingly, took great issue with the lawsuit at the time and even slammed Calgaro’s repeated insistence that her child is a male.
Speaking with NBC News, David Edwards, a leader with Transforming Families (a pro-trans organization which apparently takes its name quite literally), said, “purposely misgendering a transgender person is an act of violence. To continually do that to your child is not only insensitive but also really harmful.”
What kind of sick, deluded world do we live in where a mother is criticized for calling the child she held in her womb for nine months by its biological gender?
You’d figure that a mother’s understanding of her child’s gender would beat out any other person’s.
But no, our world is quite twisted – so much so that there’s actually a case making its way through the legal system right now concerning whether or not a mother has the right to be told her son’s school is turning him into a girl.