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Opinion

TOM KEANE

The First Amendment, loved and loathed

One court says it’s OK to take voyeuristic videos of women. Another says it’s OK to harass them as they enter abortion clinics. Both cases sound like the makings of a new war on women — yet both were correctly decided.

Four months ago, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court provoked an uproar by ruling that it was legally permissible to take pictures up women’s skirts. At least, that was how many saw it. “Massachusetts court says ‘upskirt’ photos are legal,” read a CNN headline.

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