Large Indiana Employers Eli Lilly and Cummins Discuss State’s New Restrictive Abortion Law

An Eli Lilly and Company pharmaceutical manufacturing 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 recently passed state law restricting abortions will drive the company away from its territory.

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

“Despite this lack of agreement, Indiana has chosen to quickly adopt 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, engineering and business talent from around the world. Given this new law, we will be forced to plan for further job growth outside of our state.” native”.

Indiana Legislature on Friday became the first in the nation to pass new legislation restricting access to abortion from the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The state was among the first Republican-led state legislatures to debate tougher abortion laws after the Supreme Court ruling in June which removed constitutional protections for 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 over the weekend against the new law.

“The right to make reproductive health decisions ensures that women have the same opportunity as others to fully participate 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, impede our ability to attract and retain top talent, and influence our decisions as we continue to grow our footprint with a focus on selecting welcoming environments. and inclusive,” the Cummins spokesperson said. he said.

The two companies join a growing list of companies, including the tech giant. Apple and denim retailer levi strausswhich are offering resources to their employees for reproductive care in states where restrictions have been established.

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

Indiana’s abortion ban is expected to go into effect on September 15. It comes with some exceptions, including for cases of rape or incest, and to protect the life of the mother.

President Joe BidenThe Indiana 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 freedoms, and put personal health care decisions in the hands of politicians rather than women and their doctors,” she said. said in a statement.

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