Can a team of advocates for #transsexuality, from a school district and a medical services organization to county social workers, simply decide that a 17-year-old minor is “emancipated” from his parents and go ahead with male-to-female sex-change treatments with no further permission?
That’s the question being asked in a lawsuit being brought against #StLouis County in #Minnesota, its public health chief Linnea Mirsch, Fairview Health Services, Park Nicollet Health Services, St. Louis County School District, Cherry School Principal Michael Johnson and others. “This is an outrageous abuse of power by multiple agencies,” said Tom Brejcha, chief counsel of the Thomas More Society, which is working with local attorney Erick Kaardal of Mohrman, Kaardal and Erickson of Minneapolis on the case. “To treat a minor child without either parental consent or a court order of emancipation is a violation of the trust placed upon the human service sector and its governmental oversight agencies. To give a parent no recourse to intervene in this situation is an egregious violation of constitutional rights,” Brejcha said.
Ironically, when the case has appeared in court, a district judge refused the juvenile’s petition for a change of name, from a male name to a female name, for “lack of any adjudication relative to emancipation.” Spokeswoman Dana Kazel of St. Louis County said the county hadn’t been served “with any documents related to a lawsuit purportedly filed.” She said, “A review of district court filings conducted this morning also did not yield any results.”