A large Indiana employer criticizes the state’s ban on abortion

A large Indiana employer criticizes the state’s ban on abortion

One of Indiana’s largest employers is threatening to “plan for further job growth” outside the state after lawmakers enacted a near-total ban on abortion Friday night.

Pharmaceutical heavyweight Eli Lilly and Company, headquartered in Indiana, issued the statement after many Indiana businesses and leaders were particularly reluctant to comment on the state’s position on the issue.

“Lilly recognizes that abortion is a divisive and deeply personal issue with no clear consensus among Indiana citizens,” the company said in its statement. “Despite this lack of agreement, Indiana chose to quickly adopt one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the United States.

“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. Although we have expanded our employee health plan coverage to include travel for reproductive services that are not available locally, that may not be enough for some current and prospective employees.

“As a global company headquartered in Indianapolis for over 145 years, we work hard to retain and attract thousands of people who are important drivers of our state’s economy. In light of this new law, we will need to plan for more job growth outside of our home state.”

Lilly employs approximately 10,500 people in Indiana among its workforce of nearly 40,000 worldwide in 18 countries. The company did not immediately return a request for comment Saturday The Independent.

Especially, Politicsand Adam Wren added on Saturday morning: “Lilly consistently declined to comment on the legislation until after the bill was signed.”

The Republican Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb the new restrictive abortion law on Friday after it passed without a single Democrat voting for it. The legislation prohibits abortion except in cases of rape, circumcision, fatal fetal anomalies and when the life of the pregnant person is at risk.

Before Lilly’s statement this weekend, many large Indiana employers were hesitant on the matter in a state with a Republican supermajority.

“You have to be careful politically not to anger that majority. They have to be careful with this,” said Chad Kinsella, associate professor of political science and director of the Bowen Center at Ball State University. Indianapolis Business Journal last month.

The Supreme Court overturned the 1973s in June Rua v Wade decision, which protected abortion rights federally, leaving the issue up to the states to decide. Legal wrangling continues in many states, especially those that tried to enact so-called trigger bans that restricted procedures once the Supreme Court’s decision was handed down.

Indiana on Friday became the first to enact a near-total ban on abortion, although some Republican state lawmakers believe the law did not go far enough and no exemptions should be allowed. The new legislation comes into force on 15 September.

Another large employer in the state, Indiana University Health, as well released a statement Saturday after the Indiana legislature passed the new regulations.

“At IU Health, we take seriously our responsibility to provide access to compassionate and safe, quality health care to anyone who needs it,” the employer said in a statement. “It is always a priority at IU Health to ensure that our physicians and patients have clarity when making decisions about pregnancy within the bounds of the law.

“We will take the next few weeks to fully understand the terms of the new law and how to incorporate the changes into our medical practice to protect our providers and care for those seeking reproductive health care.”

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