Des Moines, Iowa — The State of Iowa filed an appeal today in a case that successfully challenged a law excluding Planned Parenthood from a grant program providing state-approved sex education to young Iowans. In response to the appeal filed to the Iowa Supreme Court, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU of Iowa released the following statement:
It's disappointing that the state will continue to try to block our ability to provide state-approved sex education curriculum that young Iowans need. We are appreciative of the district court's strong ruling in our favor, which will be the subject of this appeal. As the district court recognized, the state violated the Iowa Constitution's promise of equal protection by attempting to block these grants. Importantly, during this appeal, we will be able to continue to provide these vital programs to Iowans in need of them across our state.
Court documents are available on the ACLU of Iowa's website. The previous court order is also available.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides, promotes, and protects reproductive and sexual health through health services, education, and advocacy. An affiliate of America’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care, PPHeartland is proud to offer a full range of high-quality services at health centers in Iowa and Nebraska.
The ACLU of Iowa is a private, non-partisan organization that fights to advance civil liberties for all. It is the state affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU prides itself in upholding everyone’s civil liberties, no matter who they are or what they believe. We work to assure the rights of all Iowans—from atheists to devout Christians, from labor unions to businesspeople and more—to make sure the constitutional rights of all are preserved. For more information, please go to www.aclu-ia.org.