Major Indiana Employers Eli Lilly and Cummins Speak Out About New State’s Restrictive Abortion Law

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

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drug manufacturer Eli Lillyone of Indiana’s largest employers, said the state’s recent anti-abortion law would cause the company to move away from its home territory.

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

“Despite this lack of consent, Indiana decided to quickly pass one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the United States,” Lilly said. “We are concerned that this legislation 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 additional job growth outside of our home state.”

Indiana Legislature Friday was the first in the country to adopt a new law restricting access to abortion United States Supreme Court canceled Rowe vs. Wade. The state was one of the first Republican-led state legislatures to debate tougher abortion laws after Supreme Court decision in June this removed the constitutional protection of procedure.

Lilly employs approximately 10,000 people in Indiana, where it has been headquartered in Indianapolis for over 145 years.

Cumminsthe engine company, which also employs about 10,000 people in Indiana, also spoke out over the weekend against the new law.

“The right to make decisions regarding 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 go against this, affect our people, hinder our ability to attract and retain the best talent, and impact our decisions as we continue to expand our footprint while focusing on choosing a welcoming and inclusive environment,” said a Cummins spokesperson. . said.

These two companies join a growing list of companies including tech giants. Apple and a jeans salesman Levi Strausswhich the offer resources to their employees for reproductive health in states where restrictions are in place.

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

Indiana’s abortion ban is expected to come into effect from September. 15. With some exceptions, including in cases of rape or incest, and to protect the life of the mother.

the president Joe BidenThe US administration also condemned Indiana’s decision. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called it “a devastating move.”

“And this is yet another radical move by Republican lawmakers to deprive 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.