Parental Rights in Iowa

Iowa Parental Rights News

Parental Rights State Legislation Update

February 24, 2021

Update on DC Minor Consent Act If you aren’t yet familiar with the bill in DC that would allow 11-year-olds to give legal consent for vaccinations their parents have already opted them out of, you can read up on it here. If you haven’t yet reached out to your US representative and senators and urged…

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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.