Top Indiana employers criticize the state’s new abortion law

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

On Saturday morning, one of Indiana’s largest employers, drugmaker Eli Lilly, issued a strong objection to the new restrictions. “Given this new law, we will have to plan for further employment growth outside of our state,” she said in a statement.

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

He was among the first major employers in the state to influence the new law.

Soon, John Mills, a spokesperson for Cummins, an engine company that employs about 10,000 people in the state, said: “The right to make reproductive health decisions ensures that women have the same opportunities as others to participate fully in our workforce and that our workforce Diverse. There are provisions in the bill that go against this, affect our employees and impede our ability to attract and retain the best talent.” He added that Cummins health care benefits cover elective reproductive health measures, including medical travel benefits.

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

Roche, the Swiss drugmaker headquartered in North America 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 decision, few companies were directly involved in the ruling. Far more said they would expand employer health care coverage to cover travel and other expenses for employees who might need to get 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, Krueger said it would cover up to $4,000 in employee travel expenses in its health care plan. Software company Salesforce, which has about 2,300 employees in Indianapolis, said it will move employees who want to leave states where abortion is prohibited. Neither of them immediately responded to a request for comment.

In her statement, Eli Lilly called Indiana “one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the United States.” “As a global company headquartered in Indianapolis for more than 145 years, we have been working hard to retain and attract thousands of people who are an important driver of our state’s economy. Given this new law, we will have to plan for further employment growth outside of our state,” he continued.

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