Large Indiana employers Eli Lilly and Cummins speak out about the state’s new restrictive abortion law

Large Indiana employers Eli Lilly and Cummins speak out about the state's new restrictive abortion law

An Eli Lilly and Company pharmaceutical plant is pictured at 50 ImClone Drive in Branchburg, New Jersey, March 5, 2021.

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Drugmaker Eli Lilly, one of Indiana’s largest employers, said the state’s recently passed abortion ban would cause the company to grow further away from its home base.

Lilly said in a statement Saturday that it recognizes abortion as a “divisive and deeply personal issue with no clear consensus among the citizens of Indiana.”

“Despite this lack of agreement, Indiana has chosen to swiftly pass one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the United States,” said Eli Lilly. “We are concerned that this law will hamper Lilly’s — and Indiana’s — ability to attract diverse scientific, technical and business talent from around the world. Given this new law, we will be forced to plan for more employment growth beyond our borders. own state.”

The Indiana legislature on Friday became the first in the nation to pass new legislation restricting access to abortions since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The state was one of the first Republican-led state legislators to debate tougher abortion laws after the Supreme Court ruling in June lifted constitutional protections for the procedure.

Lilly employs approximately 10,000 people in Indiana, which has been headquartered in Indianapolis for more than 145 years.

Cummins, an engine manufacturing company that also employs about 10,000 people in Indiana, also spoke out against the new law this weekend.

“The right to make decisions about reproductive health ensures that women have the same opportunities 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, affect our people, hinder our ability to attract and retain top talent and influence our decisions as we continue to increase our footprint with a focus on selecting welcoming and inclusive environments” said the Cummins spokesperson. said.

The two companies join a growing list of companies, including tech giant Apple and denim retailer Levi Strauss, that provide their employees with reproductive care resources in states where restrictions have been introduced.

Eli Lilly noted on Saturday that while the drug company has expanded employee health plan coverage to include travel for reproductive services, “that may not be enough for some current and potential employees.”

Indiana’s abortion ban is expected to come into effect on September 15. There are some exceptions, including cases of rape or incest, and for the protection of the mother’s life.

The administration of President Joe Biden has also condemned Indiana’s decision. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called it a “devastating step.”

“And it’s another radical move 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.