Parental Rights in Iowa

Iowa Parental Rights News

Urgent Action Needed to Protect Parental Rights in Iowa

March 1, 2022

We are excited to let you know about a good bill that is moving through the Iowa State Senate, S.F. 2335. This bill will protect children by requiring documented consent by a parent or guardian before the immunization or vaccination of a minor. This bill is important because we are fighting bills across the nation,…

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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.