Eli Lilly says Indiana’s abortion law will lead the drug maker to grow in other states

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

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Drug maker Eli Lilly, one of Indiana’s largest employers, said the new state law restricting abortions will cause the company to move away from its territory.

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

“Despite this lack of agreement, Indiana has decided to swiftly 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 commercial talent from around the world. Given this new law, we will be forced to plan for greater employment growth outside the United States. our state of origin “.

Indiana’s legislature on Friday was the first in the nation to pass new legislation restricting access to abortions since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Veal. The state was among the first Republican-led state legislators to discuss stricter abortion laws following the June Supreme Court ruling that removed constitutional protections for the procedure.

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

It joins a growing list of companies, including tech giant Apple and denim retailer Levi Strauss, who are offering their employees resources for reproductive care in states where restrictions have been put in place.

Eli Lilly noted on Saturday that although the pharmaceutical company has expanded the 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 comes with some exceptions, including cases of rape or incest, and to protect the mother’s life.

President Joe Biden’s administration also condemned Indiana’s decision. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called it a “devastating step”.

“And it is another radical step by Republican lawmakers to take away women’s reproductive rights and freedom and put personal health decisions in the hands of politicians rather than women and their doctors,” she said in a statement.