Indiana Passes First Post-Roe Abortion Ban
Indiana’s new sweeping ban on abortion produced immediate political and economic fallout Saturday, as some of the state’s biggest employers objected to the restrictions, Democratic leaders strategized ways to amend or repeal the law, and abortion rights activists made plans to arrange alternative locations for women seeking procedures, writes The Washington Post.
Coming just three days after voters in Kansas rejected a ballot measure to strip abortion rights protections from the state's constitution, the Indiana law, which the Republican-controlled state legislature passed late Friday night and Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) signed moments later, was the first state ban passed since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade in June and was celebrated as a major victory by abortion foes.
Abortion law in Indiana leads to fallout for state, politics (The Washington Post)
According to The New York Times, the law passed despite dividing Indiana Republicans, with some of them saying the measure was too restrictive while others objected to limited exceptions for rape and incest. This is similar to the rest of the country where Republicans have moved slowly and have struggled to speak with a unified voice on what comes next.
Indiana Governor Signs First Post-Roe Abortion Ban, With Limited Exceptions (The New York Times)
Shortly after the law's passage, drug-maker Eli Lilly, one of the biggest employers in Indiana, said that the state’s newly passed law restricting abortions will cause the company to grow away from its home turf, reports CNBC. Lilly employs about 10,000 people in Indiana, where it has been headquartered in Indianapolis for more than 145 years.
Lilly said in a statement on Saturday that it recognizes abortion as a "divisive and deeply personal issue with no clear consensus among the citizens of Indiana. Despite this lack of agreement, Indiana has opted to quickly adopt one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the United States. We are concerned that this law will hinder Lilly’s — and Indiana’s — ability to attract diverse scientific, engineering and business talent from around the world. Given this new law, we will be forced to plan for more employment growth outside our home state."
Large Indiana employers Eli Lilly and Cummins speak out about the state’s new restrictive abortion law (CNBC)
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