From the Boston Globe:
A Massachusetts bill that was intended to protect vulnerable people from sexual exploitation has stirred widespread protest among senior citizens and people with disabilities, who say it could instead criminalize self-expression.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein, says people over age 60 and people with disabilities who have been declared mentally incompetent cannot give consent to erotic photographs. Other parts of the bill use the term “elders and persons with a disability” without referring to mental competence or consent.
Critics say the generalized language perpetuates stereotypes about people with disabilities as asexual or childlike, and potentially infringes on free speech rights.
Reinstein said the bill’s language was written by legislative committee, and will probably be changed in response to the criticism before it comes to a vote.