Minnesota mom sues for rights over her transgender teen

The lawsuit challenges state law that allows minors to receive medical care and procedures without parental consent.

An underage teen received medical care and treatments in Minnesota without parental consent – now her mother is suing.

According to the complaint filed Wednesday, 17-year-old "J.D.K." received transgender services and narcotic drugs from the state's government agencies and clinics in order to transition from a male to a female.

The teen's mother, Anmarie Calgaro, claims her parental rights were violated because J.D.K. was treated as an emancipated minor, though there was "no court action to that effect."

She's suing J.D.K., as well as St. Louis County and its health board, local health care nonprofits Park Nicollet Health Services and Fairview Health Services, and individuals employed at those organizations. Also named are the school district and the principal, who Calgaro says have not allowed her access to her child's education or records.

But Minnesota law allows minors who don't live with their parents to become emancipated, and Mid-Minnesota Legal (a non-profit law firm) says the teenager was declared legally emancipated under state law in June 2015, due to “conduct by the parent in giving up control and custody of the minor.”

According to the letter attached to the bottom of the complaint, J.D.K. had been living apart from Calgaro for six months, supporting herself with two jobs while also attending high school and post-secondary courses. It states that Calgaro knew where her child was, but had made it known that she didn't want to make contact and hadn't made any effort to do so.

Does MN law violate the Constitution?

Calgaro's lawsuit challenges state law that allows minors to receive medical care and procedures without parental consent.

What's the law? According to MN statute, if a minor lives without a parent or legal guardian (with or without consent, and regardless of the length of time) and manages their own finances (no matter the amount of income) they can consent to personal medical, dental, mental and other health services. No other consent is needed.

Calgaro believes this law violates her constitutional rights, because she "never got her day in court" to contest the emancipation. Her lawyers say she was denied the right of due process granted by the 14th Amendment, The Washington Times said.

“Not only was I robbed of the opportunity to help my son make good decisions, but I also feel he was robbed of a key advocate in his life, his mother,” Calgaro said at a news conference Wednesday.

Watch it here:


Calgaro is represented by the Thomas More Society, a law firm known for its anti-abortion cases – the firm also represents David Daleiden, an anti-abortion activist who was accused of trying to buy human organs in an attempt to frame Planned Parenthood, NBC reported.

Calgaro is seeking damages over $75,000 against each defendant and for legal fees, a judgment declaring that her due process rights were violated, and an injunction to prevent her children from receiving any additional medical, educational or other services without her consent – until she restores parental rights or a state court order of emancipation is issued.

If the lawsuit is successful, about 6,580 transgender and gender non-conforming high school students in the state (an estimate taken from the MN Department of Education's 2016 Minnesota Student Survey) could face more obstacles in getting medical care, NBC noted.

Next Up


More than $12K donated to MN gym owner who refused to close

The small business is located in town in Wabasha County.

radio station, microphone

MPR, The Current launch new weekly segment called 'The Warming House'

The program will feature feel-good entertainment amid the pandemic.

coronavirus, COVID-19 test

Dec. 3 COVID-19 update: 92 deaths marks MN's 2nd-highest total

The deaths continue to surge amid the worst of the pandemic so far.

mohamed amin bayle idd booking photo

2 men charged in connection to fatal shooting at Bloomington apartment complex

Shakur Freed Muhammed, 22, of Hopkins, was fatally shot Monday morning.

Screen Shot 2020-12-03 at 9.11.36 AM

Hewing Hotel finds workaround to shutdown, delivering 7-course meal to rooms

The hotel will convert guest rooms into dining rooms for three-hour reservations.

Jan and Chris Kruse

'Dateline' episode will explore Minnesota woman's unsolved murder

Jan Pigman-Kruse was fatally shot in her bed in 2015. Her husband was acquitted in the case.


Pandemic pushes need for cybersecurity, I.T. management professionals to the forefront

Enroll in a Master's course in one of these increasingly vital disciplines at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

mike freeman

Hennepin County will eliminate bail system for certain non-violent crimes

The reform is backed by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.

Kirk Cousins

Coller: Vikings vs. Jags is a battle of retool vs. rebuild

Matthew Coller writes a weekly Vikings column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider.

Screen Shot 2020-11-23 at 8.35.40 AM

More than 230,000 people have downloaded Minnesota's COVID exposure app

The more people who use the app, the more effective it is.


Minnesota mom won't give up lawsuit against her transgender teen

Anmarie Calgaro has filed an appeal after a judge dismissed her case.

The MN mom who sued her transgender kid just got her lawsuit thrown out

The judge said nobody had deprived the mom of her parental rights.

ACLU defends MN transgender student in lawsuit over locker room use

Parents filed a lawsuit saying a male student who identifies as female acted inappropriately in the girls locker room.

Group of MN students, parents files lawsuit over trans student in girls locker room

The lawsuit says five female students suffered "visible distress, including tearfulness, isolating behavior, and anger."

President Trump says transgender Americans can't serve in the military

He made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday morning.

Video of Oklahoma football star Joe Mixon punching a woman is now public

Warning: the video contains graphic violence and may not be suitable for all viewers.

Former bartender wins lawsuit against Surly Brewing Co.

Surly Brewing loses lawsuit over tip pooling.