Parental Rights in Iowa

Iowa Parental Rights News

Oklahoma House Chamber

Legislative Update and a Big Surprise

April 16, 2019

This legislative season has been something of a mixed bag, with some victories, some disappointments, some challenges, and one particular story that took us by surprise. Some Victories In Oklahoma, the Parental Rights Amendment (PRA) resolution, SCR 1, passed the House of Representatives by unanimous consent on April 3, making Oklahoma the seventh state to…

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Iowa State Law and Parental Rights

At Risk

Iowa does not have a state statute that explicitly defines and protects parental rights as fundamental rights.

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Iowa Courts and Parental Rights

"Strict Scrutiny" Applied to Parental Rights

The Iowa Supreme Court has consistently recognized that “the right to direct the upbringing of one’s children, is fundamental,” and “state action infringing on that interest must be narrowly tailored to serve a compelling state interest.” Spiker v. Spiker, 708 N.W.2d 347, 351 (Iowa 2006).

However, this precedent is subject to change.