In a speech both legally literate and passionately progressive, Senator Al Franken has urged reform of the US law of public contracts so to prohibit contractors who do not allow raped employees access to the civil courts.
All four female Republican senators voted for this amendment, though thirty male Republican senators voted against. Sadly - for me - they included John McCain.
As a public contracts lawyer, I am well aware of the usual arguments against using the law to impose non-commercial obligations on contractors. And sometimes public bodies do over-reach themselves.
However, there is a more fundamental principle of access to the courts and, for reasons which Senator Franken sets out with great eloquence, this amemdment is both morally right and legally appropriate.