Health · August 6, 2022

Eli Lilly says Indiana’s abortion law will push the drugmaker to grow in other states

An Eli Lilly and Company pharmaceutical manufacturing facility is pictured at 50 ImClone Drive on March 50, 2021 in Branchburg, New Jersey.

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Drugmaker Eli Lilly, one of Indiana’s largest employers, said the state’s newly passed law restricting abortion will cause the company to outgrow its home territory.

Lilly said in a statement Saturday that she recognizes abortion as a “divisive and deeply personal issue with no clear consensus among Indiana citizens.”

“Despite this lack of agreement, Indiana has chosen to quickly pass one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the United States,” said Eli Lilly. “We fear this law will prevent Lilly — and Indiana — from attracting diverse scientific, engineering and business talent from around the world. Given this new law, we will be forced to plan for more job growth outside of our home state.”

The Indiana Legislature on Friday became the first in the nation to pass new legislation restricting access to abortion since the US Supreme Court Roe v. Wade. The state was among the first Republican-led state lawmakers to discuss tougher abortion laws after the Supreme Court ruled in June that constitutional protections for the procedure were removed.

Lilly employs approximately 10,000 people in Indiana, where it has been headquartered in Indianapolis for more than 145 years.

It joins a growing list of companies, including tech giant Apple and denim retailer Levi Strauss, offering reproductive care resources to their employees in states where restrictions have been put in place.

Eli Lilly noted Saturday that although the drug company has expanded its employee health coverage to include travel for reproductive services, “that may not be enough for some current and potential employees.”

Indiana’s abortion ban will go into effect in September. 15. There are some exceptions, including cases of rape or incest and to protect the mother’s life.

President Joe Biden’s administration has also condemned Indiana’s decision. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called it a “devastating move.”

“And it is another radical move by Republican lawmakers to strip women of their reproductive rights and freedoms and place personal health decisions in the hands of politicians rather than women and their doctors,” she said in a statement.