Parental Rights in Iowa
Iowa Parental Rights News
Iowa State Law and Parental Rights
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.