Meagan Taylor was labeled a prostitute by a West Des Moines hotel because of her gender identity.
Meagan, 23, stayed at the Drury Inn on her way to a funeral. For no reason other than the fact that she was transgender with a transgender friend, hotel staff called police. As a result, she was arrested (for charges that were later dismissed) and spent eight days in jail.
The ACLU of Iowa filed a friend of the court brief in this important case that assures the ability of rural women and others to use this safe and legal procedure.
The Iowa Supreme Court handed down an important ruling that allows Planned Parenthood of the Heartland to continue to provide access to women throughout Iowa to safe, legal medication abortion through the use of telemedicine, a victory in which the ACLU of Iowa was proud to play a part.
Kelli Jo Griffin lost her voting rights after a nonviolent drug conviction. Now, under Iowa law, she is no longer allowed to vote. She wants to change that law for herself and others.
Griffin voted in a local election, unaware of Iowa’s complex laws on voting for those with a criminal background. She found herself charged with voter fraud and facing up to 15 years in prison. After an emotional and expensive trial, the jury acquitted her in 40 minutes.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa is a private, non-partisan, non-profit group that fights to advance civil liberties for all. We are the state affiliate of the national ACLU.
We pride ourselves in upholding everyone’s civil liberties—no matter who they are or what they believe. We have worked to assure rights of all Iowans—from atheists to devout Christians, from labor unions to businesspeople, and more—to make sure our constitutional rights are preserved.” More about us