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Eli Lilly Says Some Staff Wants To Leave Indiana Due To Abortion Ban

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(Reuters) – Some Eli Lilly and Co employees have requested transfers from the drugmaker’s Indiana operations after U.S. state lawmakers approved a bill that would ban most abortions there, the newspaper reported. Sunday the Financial Times.

Some of the staff had asked to move out of state despite an Indiana judge temporarily suspending the ban, David Ricks, CEO of the Indiana-based pharmaceutical firm, told the newspaper in an interview.

His comments come after the Republican-controlled Indiana Senate passed a law in August banning most abortions. In June, the US Supreme Court struck down the nation’s right to due process that it had recognized in its landmark Roe v. Wades from 1973.

An Indiana judge blocked the state from enforcing the new law in September, while Planned Parenthood and other health care providers challenged it in court.

Ricks said the new restrictions had created challenges for people to come to work in Indiana and that if Eli Lilly wanted to attract and retain the best staff, it had to grow elsewhere, the FT said.

Eli Lilly did not provide details on how many staff members have applied to relocate from Indiana, the FT said.

But it quoted Rick as saying the restrictions would not become an impediment to working for the company and that the drugmaker would consider factors such as abortion when considering relocation requests.

(Reporting by Anirudh Saligrama in Bengaluru; Editing by William Mallard)

Copyright 2022 Thomson Reuters.

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