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Advocacy Organizations Work to Protect Iowa School Libraries' First Amendment Rights

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), the Iowa Library Association (ILA), and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) filed an amicus curiae brief in two cases that are pending before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. According to the press release, “The two lawsuits, Penguin Random House, LLC v. Robbins and GLBT Youth in Iowa Schools Task Force v. Reynolds, are asking the court to overturn provisions in Senate File 496 (SF 496), because the law violates the First Amendment by restricting access to certain viewpoints by requiring the removal of school library books on vague and uncertain grounds and prohibiting materials in schools regarding gender identity and sexual orientation.”

The amicus brief “urges the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a preliminary injunction barring enforcement of the law until the courts make a final decision on the merits of the plaintiffs’ claims. Upholding the preliminary injunction assures that Iowa students’ First Amendment right to access information in their school libraries that reflect their lives and interests is protected.”

For more information, read the press release.

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