What would be wrong with banning all child pornography, virtual or real?

Thursday, November 21, 2002

Attempts to do so thus far have been so broadly worded as to have prohibited a good deal of constitutionally protected expression, including movies containing scenes in which a minor “appears to be” involved in sexual activity. Those who resist such restrictions do so not out of fondness for child pornography but from a conviction that laws against child pornography — which is illegal — should remain focused on protecting actual children from harm rather than interfering in the imaginary world of virtual depictions in which no children are harmed.