On Friday, the governor of Indiana signed into law an almost complete ban on abortion, making the state the first allowing major new restrictions since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June.
On Saturday morning, one of the largest employers in Indiana, the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, issued a strong protest against the new restrictions. “In light of this new law,” he said in a statement, “we will be forced to plan for more 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 divisive and deeply personal issue with no clear consensus among Indiana citizens.” He noted that Eli Lilly has expanded employee health plan coverage to include travel for reproductive services. But, he said, “that may not be enough for some current and potential employees.”
He was one of the first large employers in the state to pay attention to the new law.
Shortly after, Jon Mills, a spokesman for Cummins, an engine company that employs about 10,000 people in the state, said: “The right to make decisions about reproductive health ensures that women and others have the same opportunity to be fully participate in our workforce. and that our workforce is diverse. There are provisions in the Bill that contradict this, affect our people and hinder 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 added, “before and during the legislative process, we shared our concerns about this legislation with legislative leadership.”
Roche, the Swiss pharmaceutical company with its North American headquarters in Indianapolis, had no immediate comment. Other companies with headquarters or major offices in Indiana did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Following the Supreme Court’s decision, a few companies to weigh directly into the decision. Many more said they would extend their employer’s health care coverage to travel cover and other costs for employees who may need to seek out-of-state reproductive health care.
Several companies with a large presence in Indiana have previously said they will cover travel for employees. In June, Hooks It said it would cover up to $4,000 in travel expenses for employees on its health care plan. The software company Sales force, which has about 2,300 employees in Indianapolis, has also said it would move 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 over 145 years, we work 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 need to plan for more job growth outside of our home state.”