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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.
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.