An Eli Lilly pharmaceutical company is pictured at 50 ImClone Drive in Branchburg, NJ on March 5, 2021.
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Drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co., one of Indiana’s largest employers, said the state’s new law restricting abortion would lead the company to grow away from home.
Lilly said in a statement Saturday that it acknowledged that abortion is “a divisive, deeply personal issue with no clear consensus among Indiana citizens.”
“Despite no agreement, Indiana chose to quickly pass one of the strictest anti-abortion laws in the country,” Eli Lilly said. “We are concerned that this law will hinder Lilly and Indiana’s ability to attract a diverse range of 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 state. “
Indiana State Assembly Friday Be the first in the nation to pass new legislation Abortion has been restricted since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The state was one of the first Republican-run state legislatures to discuss stricter abortion laws after the Supreme Court ruled in June to remove constitutional protections for abortion procedures.
Eli Lilly has approximately 10,000 employees in Indiana and has been headquartered in Indianapolis for more than 145 years.
It joins a growing list of companies, including tech giant Apple and denim retailer Levi Strauss, that provide reproductive health care resources to employees in states with restrictions.
Eli Lilly noted Saturday that while the pharma company has expanded coverage of its employee health plan to include travel for reproductive services, “this may not be enough for some current and potential employees.”
Indiana’s abortion ban is expected to go into effect on September 15. It has some exceptions, including cases of rape or incest, and protecting the life of a mother.
President Joe Biden’s administration also condemned Indiana’s decision. White House press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre called it a “devastating step.”
“And, this is yet another radical step by Republican lawmakers to strip women of their reproductive rights and freedoms and put personal health care decisions in the hands of politicians, not women and their doctors,” she said. said in a statement.