A Minnesota mom is working through the legal process trying to gain recognition of parental rights for herself and every American parent.
When Annmarie Calgaro's son, 15 years old at the time, decided he wanted to be a girl, the county and school system were able to obtain custody and authority over him so he could start taking hormones and obtain surgical mutilation of his body, against his mother's wishes.
Thomas More Society attorney Erick Kaardal tells OneNewsNow a lower court and then the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed Calgaro's case, ruling the due process clause of the U.S. Constitution does not apply when government agencies are ending parental rights.
We're just astonished … that this could be the case," Kaardal relays. "There's no U.S. Supreme Court or federal court case on it, so we think we found an area where the courts have to start standing up for parental rights."
Kaardal is asking the Supreme Court to take up the case, suggesting it could be the most important parental rights case the court will have ever dealt with.
"Here we're talking about parental rights that are basically ended by the decision of low-level bureaucrats, and counties, and medical providers, and schools," the attorney says. "And when these bureaucrats make these decisions, they're not giving any notice to the parent; they're treating their teenager as if they're a full adult."
Meanwhile, a student cannot even get a Tylenol at school without a parent's consent, so Kaardal says the case is so fundamental and so basic that the Supreme Court ought to hear it.