Eli Lilly plans to expand Indiana office after Indiana bans most abortions

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Eli Lilly plans to expand Indiana office after Indiana bans most abortions

In response to Indiana's ban on most abortions, Eli Lilly is looking to expand its Indiana-based headquarters outside the state.

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. According to a statement obtained by Fox News Digital on Sunday, the company said that because of this new law, we will have to plan for more employment growth outside our home state.

Republican Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law Senate Bill 1 on Friday which bans abortions at any stage with exceptions for when the mother's life is at risk, as well as in cases of rape, incest or fatal fetal anomalies.

Following the overturning of Roe, I stated clearly that I would be willing to support legislation that made progress in protecting life, according to the Indy Star. SEA 1 accomplishes that goal with a solid majority of support in both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly. Republicans such as Indiana State Rep. Wendy McNamara celebrated the new law, saying it makes Indiana one of the most pro-life states in the nation. The move caused a lot of condemnation from Eli Lilly, the Indiana-based corporation Cummins, as well as the White House.

The Indiana Legislature took a devastating step as a result of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and eliminate women's constitutionally protected right to abortion, said Karine Jean-Pierre, White House Press Secretary. It's a radical step taken by Republican legislators to take away women's reproductive rights and freedom, and put personal health care decisions in the hands of politicians rather than women and their doctors. The statement said that while we have expanded our employee health plan coverage to include travel for reproductive services unavailable locally, that may not be enough for some current and potential employees.

The company has research and development locations in New York City, San Diego and San Francisco, as well as a newly-announced genetic medicine office in Boston, according to WTHR.

Cummins, headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, denounced the new law.

The bill has provisions that conflict with this, impact our people and impede our ability to attract and retain top talent, according to Jon Mills, Cummins spokesman, according to the New York Times.

Cummins is among several companies in the country that provide health care benefits that cover the costs of abortions, including medical travel benefits.