Major Indiana Employers Criticize New State Abortion Law

On Friday, Indiana’s governor signed into law a near total ban on abortion, making the state the first to pass sweeping new restrictions since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June.

On Saturday morning, one of Indiana’s largest employers, the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, issued a strong objection to the new restrictions. “Given this new law,” he said in a statement, “we will be forced to plan for further job growth outside of our home state.”

The company, which employs more than 10,000 people in Indiana, began by saying that “abortion is a deeply personal and divisive issue with no clear consensus among Indiana citizens.” He noted that Eli Lilly has expanded its employee health plan coverage to include travel for reproductive services. But, he added, “that may not be enough for some current and potential employees.”

It was one of the first major employers in the state to weigh in on the new law.

Shortly thereafter, Jon Mills, a spokesman for Cummins, a state-based engine company, said, “The right to make reproductive health decisions ensures that women have the same opportunity as others to fully participate in our lives. workforce and that our work force is diverse. There are provisions in the bill that conflict with this, affect our people and impede our ability to attract and retain top talent.” He added that Cummins health care benefits cover elective reproductive health procedures, including medical travel benefits.

Mr. Mills also said that “before and during the legislative process, we shared our concerns about this legislation with the legislative leadership.”

Roche, the Swiss drugmaker with its US headquarters in Indianapolis, had no immediate comment. Other companies with headquarters or large offices in Indiana did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

After the Supreme Court’s decision, few companies were directly involved in the ruling. Many more said they would expand their employer health care coverage to cover travel and other expenses for employees who may need to seek reproductive health care out of state.

Some companies with a large presence in Indiana have previously stated that they will cover employee travel. In June, Kroger said it would cover up to $4,000 in travel expenses for employees on its health care plan. Software company Salesforce, which has about 2,300 employees in Indianapolis, has also said it would relocate employees who want to leave states where abortion is banned. Neither immediately responded to a request for comment.

In its statement, Eli Lilly described the Indiana law as “one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the United States.” He continued, “As a global company headquartered in Indianapolis for more than 145 years, we work hard to retain and attract thousands of people who are important drivers of our state’s economy. Given this new law, we will be forced to plan for further job growth outside of our home state.”

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