A US mother has filed a lawsuit against her 17-year-old daughter after she began transitioning without her consent, NBC reports.
Speaking to reporters outside court, mother Anmarie Calgaro, from Minnesota said: “It was brought to my knowledge that my son (sic) began receiving hormone replacement treatments from Park Nicollet Health Services to transition from male to female, with medical assistance paying for this.”
She added: “I was not consulted or informed about this in any way.”
According to a Doctor’s letter submitted in the lawsuit, the teenager “has had appropriate, permanent clinical treatment for transition to the new female gender,” and should be issued with gender-appropriate identity documents.
Calgaro is also suing county health boards, a school district and local health care nonprofits, for “completely bypassing” her, and is challenging state law, which allows minors to receive medical care without their parents’ consent.”
While the teen was unavailable for comment, Jamison Green, former president of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), disputed claims that the teenager would have received surgery, calling it “highly unlikely.”
“In most cases, it’s best to be on hormones for at least a year before surgery,” Green said.
“The clinic may just be doing harm reduction, getting them started in a way that supports their identity,” Green continued.
“If the teen is presenting as female, name-change documents are very important. They reduce anxiety and exposure to certain kinds of violence that are preventable when you show people your ID.”
Phil Duran, the Legal Director at OutFront Minnesota, said that “It would be incredibly unlikely – vanishingly unlikely – that a minor would get access to surgery.”