Parental Rights in Iowa

Iowa Parental Rights News

Urgent: Iowa Parental Rights Law Needs Your Voice Today

March 25, 2021

Your state representative needs to hear from you in the next few hours so they can vote to support your parental rights.  Iowa H.F. 819, a bill to codify existing parental rights protections into Iowa law, is on the debate schedule for today, March 25, 2021.  Sponsored by Rep. Eddie Anders, H.F. 819 takes language…

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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.