Pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly expands outside of Indiana because of state abortion law

Pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly is looking to expand its Indiana-based out-of-state headquarters in response to Indiana’s ban on most abortions.

“As a global company based in Indianapolis for more than 145 years, we are working 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 be obligated to plan for greater job growth outside of our home state,” the company said in a statement obtained by Fox News Digital on Sunday.

Indiana Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law Senate Bill 1 on Friday, which bans abortions at any time, except in cases where the mother’s life is in danger and in cases of rape. , incest or fatal fetal abnormalities.

“After Roe’s overthrow, I made it clear that I would support legislation that would make progress in protecting life,” Holcomb said, the Indy Star reported. “In my view, SEA 1 achieves this goal after passing through both houses of the Indiana General Assembly with a solid majority of support.”

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Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb speaks during a meeting with US President Joe Biden, business leaders and governors at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, USA, Wednesday, March 9, 2022. Photographer: Ting Shen/Bloom (Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Republicans such as Indiana State Rep. Wendy McNamara celebrated the new law, saying it made Indiana “one of the most pro-life states in the nation.” The law will come into force on September 15.

The decision sparked condemnation from Eli Lilly, the Indiana-based Cummins company, as well as the White House.

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“The Indiana Legislature has taken a devastating step following the Supreme Court’s extreme decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and eliminate constitutional protections for women. right to abortion“, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement on Saturday. “And this is another sweeping step by Republican lawmakers to suppress women’s reproductive rights and freedoms and entrust personal health care decisions to politicians rather than to women and their doctors.”

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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (AP Photo/Susan Walsh/AP Newsroom)

Eli Lilly went on to say in his statement that he was concerned that the law would prevent both the company and Indiana from attracting “diverse scientific, technical and business talent from around the world.”

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“While we have expanded our employee health plan coverage to include travel for reproductive services not available locally, this may not be sufficient for some current and potential employees,” the statement said.

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Indianapolis – Circa November 2020: Eli Lilly and Company Research Laboratories. Lilly manufactures drugs and pharmaceuticals. (iStock/iStock)

The company has research and development sites in New York, San Diego and San Francisco, as well as a recently announced genetic medicine office in Boston, WTHR reported.

Engine manufacturer Cummins, headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, also denounced the new law.

“The right to make decisions about reproductive health ensures that women have the same opportunity as others to fully participate in our workforce and that our workforce is diverse. There are provisions in the bill that conflict with this, impact our employees and impede our ability to attract and retain top talent,” Cummins spokesman Jon Mills said this weekend. -end, according to the New York Times.

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Cummins is among companies across the country that provide health care benefits that cover the costs of abortions, including medical travel benefits.

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