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ACLU of Iowa files federal lawsuit fighting mask mandate ban

Published: Sep. 3, 2021 at 1:26 PM CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa (WOWT) - ACLU of Iowa announced Friday that they are filing a federal lawsuit with the state regarding its ban on mask mandates contending it discriminates against those with disabilities.

ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of Arc of Iowa and 11 families who have children too young to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and who have conditions that put them at greater risk when trying to obtain their education.

The ACLU is alleging that banning mask requirements violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“This case, like the case we filed in South Carolina, is because children with disabilities have a right to equal access to their education.”

It’s the second such lawsuit the state is facing. Last week, a Council Bluffs mother filed a lawsuit against Gov. Kim Reynolds, Director of Education Ann Lebo, and Iowa Department of Public Health Director Kelly Garcia in Polk County district court.

Reynolds signed the mask mandate ban into law in May.

This is a developing story. Stay with 6 News for updates.

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