Two of Indiana’s biggest employers said last month that they would think twice about expanding facilities in the state after the legislature passed a near-complete ban on abortion. A new survey shows that, across the country, companies are hardly unique.
Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, which has been based in Indiana since 1876 and headquartered in Indianapolis, said it would be “forced to plan for more job growth outside of our home state.” Columbus, Indiana-based engine manufacturer Cummins said it is “deeply concerned about how this law affects our people and hinders our ability to attract and retain a diverse workforce in Indiana” and Will keep this in mind while making the location decision. Each of the companies employs about 10,000 people in the state.
One in five manufacturing CEOs in the US agrees. They say they have changed their strategy to locate company facilities based on restrictive state abortion laws following the Supreme Court’s June decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, according to a Forbes poll conducted by Zogbee.
A survey of 150 manufacturing executives conducted in late August found that 19% of their firms were affected by new abortion laws to replace plans. Of them, about one-third (34.5%) had relocated to an existing facility, another one-third (34.5%) chose to move to a new facility with one state, and about one-third (31%) were currently discussing how their strategy would change. The poll has a margin of error of 8.2 percentage points.
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Poll takers asked respondents to comment on the issue anonymously, and one of the officials said his company was clarifying anti-abortion states as locations for their facilities. “We’ve looked at buying warehouses in states that restrict women’s choices, and we’ve turned them all down,” the CEO said. “We will not operate in states with Republican governors.”
In the survey, 75% of all executives said their employee health coverage currently includes abortion or that they were considering changing it so that it does. This included about one-third (31%) who said their coverage included abortion across state lines, nearly one-quarter (23%) who only included the state, and nearly one-quarter (22%) who said change. are considering doing. Only one-quarter (25%) said they did not cover abortion.
In anonymous comments, some noted that because of their location—California, for example—the national discussion around abortion had not impressed them. However, others vowed to make changes in light of new restrictions on women’s health care. “We are planning to pay for the transportation,” said one. “We will increase their profits,” said another. “Our organization plans to expand coverage to women,” said a third defendant, adding that his company will provide extended pay time and logistical support for women seeking abortions.
A minority of respondents who said they did not cover abortion and had no plans to do so, some said they felt it was not necessary or that it was against their values. “We have not taken any step in this area yet. We have only a few women who work here,” said one. “We are an Orthodox Christian company so we are leaving our insurance the same,” said another.
The survey, conducted by Forbes and veteran polling firm John Zogby Strategies, was intended to measure the extent to which businesses are changing their operations in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling and subsequent state restrictions on abortion. While there has been much speculation about what businesses can do, the purpose of the survey is to find out exactly what they are doing.
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