Indiana-based pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly announced in a statement obtained by The Hill on Saturday that it would expand out-of-state employment growth after adopting a near-complete abortion ban.
The legislation, signed by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R), would ban the procedure after 10 weeks of conception, except in cases of rape or incest, if the pregnancy jeopardizes the mother’s safety, or if the fetus has a fatal abnormality, according to The The AU Times.
The legislation also prohibits facilities other than hospitals, such as abortion clinics, from performing the procedure.
In the statement, Eli Lilly said the issue of abortion is a sensitive one and there is “no clear consensus among the citizens of Indiana.”
“Despite this lack of agreement, Indiana has chosen to swiftly pass 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, technical and business talent from around the world,” the company added.
Eli Lilly had previously expanded health coverage for his employees to pay for travel to access out-of-state abortion care. But the company said that may not be enough “for some current and potential employees.”
“As a global company headquartered in Indianapolis for more than 145 years, we work hard to retain and attract thousands of people who are key drivers of our state’s economy. Given this new law, we will be forced to plan for more employment growth outside of our home state,” the company concluded.
Indiana was the first state to pass new legislation banning abortions following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, in which the Supreme Court ruled that abortion was a constitutional right.
Kansas voters Tuesday rejected a ballot provision that would have given the state legislature the power to ban abortion, a decision seen as a possible factor in the national vote after the Supreme Court overthrew Roe.