An Eli Lilly and Company pharmaceutical manufacturing facility is pictured at 50 ImClone Drive in Branchburg, New Jersey, March 5, 2021.
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Drug maker Eli Lillyone of the largest employers in Indiana, said the state’s recently passed law restricting abortions will cause the company to grow away from its home turf.
Lilly said in a statement Saturday that it recognizes abortion as a “divisive and deeply personal issue with no clear consensus among Indiana residents.”
“Despite this lack of consensus, Indiana has chosen to quickly pass one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the United States,” said Eli Lilly. “We are concerned that this law will hinder Lilly’s – and Indiana’s – ability to attract diverse scientific, engineering and business talent from around the world. Given this new law, we will be forced to plan for more job growth outside of our home state.”
Indiana Legislature Friday became the first in the country to pass new legislation restriction of access to abortion since d United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The state was among the earliest Republican-run state legislatures to debate stricter abortion laws The Supreme Court’s judgment in June that removed constitutional protections of the procedure.
Lilly employs about 10,000 people in Indiana, where it has been headquartered in Indianapolis for more than 145 years.
Cumminsan engine manufacturing company that also employs about 10,000 people in Indiana also spoke out against the new law over the weekend.
“The right to make reproductive health decisions ensures that women have the same opportunity as others to participate fully in our workforce and that our workforce is diverse,” a company spokesperson said in a statement.
“There are provisions in the law that conflict with this, impact our people, hinder our ability to attract and retain top talent and influence our decisions as we continue to grow our footprint with a focus on choosing welcoming and inclusive environments, Cummins spokesman. said.
The two companies join a growing list of companies, including the tech giant Apple and denim retailer Levi StraussWhich one offers their employees resources for reproductive care in states where restrictions are in place.
Eli Lilly noted Saturday that while the drug company has expanded its employee health plan coverage to include travel for reproductive services, “it may not be enough for some current and potential employees.”
Indiana’s abortion ban is expected to take effect on September 15. It comes with some exceptions, including for cases of rape or incest, and to protect the life of the mother.
Chairman Joe Biden‘s administration has also condemned Indiana’s decision. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called it a “devastating step”.
“And it’s another radical step by Republican lawmakers to take away women’s reproductive rights and freedom and put personal health care decisions in the hands of politicians rather than women and their doctors,” she said in a statement.