A Minnesota mother filed suit last Wednesday after her 17-year-old son began receiving sexual reassignment treatments without garnering her permission. The lawsuit names two governmental agencies, saying that the agencies and medical clinics have infringed upon her parental rights. She says that the agencies and medical service providers did not obtain a court order to emancipate her child prior to administering the sex-change treatments against her wishes.
In the lawsuit, the mother's counsel has highlighted the difference between the rights afforded by the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Minnesota's child emancipation law that allows medical service providers to administer care to minors without first obtaining a court order. Her attorney argues that the right of due process offered by the 14th Amendment is violated by the Minnesota law.