Holcomb Defends Signing Abortion Ban, Pushes Back on Fears of Attracting Talent – Indianapolis Business Journal

Eric Holcomb

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Wednesday defended his signing of a near-total ban on abortion this month and brushed aside fears of business consequences and talent attraction following the disturbing statements from the major local employers.

“I have not yet heard – and perhaps we will never hear – some [companies] may well fly over the state of Indiana because of this problem [of abortion]”, Holcomb told reporters. “I don’t want to pretend like it will never happen, it could happen. But the same goes for many other issues that determine where someone invests.

Holcomb spoke after a question-and-answer session hosted by the OneZone Chamber of Commerce, which serves Carmel and Fishers.

When asked if he thinks Act 1 listed in the Senate is what the majority of Hoosiers want, Holcomb acknowledged deep divisions within the state.

“I believe it was progress. Some people believe it was the opposite of progress. Some people think the progress wasn’t enough,” Holcomb said. “And I respect that honestly. would just encourage people to be very respectful.

Progress towards what? Holcomb said “progress” doesn’t mean he wants to drop the prohibition’s narrow exceptions for rape and incest, like some of his fellow Republicans.

“No, it means we have made progress. And it hit my threshold for progression,” he said. “We’ll take the next hypothetical in the months and years to come… It will far outlive my tenure.”

Holcomb was optimistic about the state’s competitiveness, despite warnings from pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co. and engine maker Cummins Inc. issued after the bill passed.

In an Aug. 6 statement, Lilly said the ban would affect its talent sourcing and retention efforts, adding, “Given this new law, we will be forced to plan for greater job growth outside of our country of origin”.

The company said it would honor its $2.1 billion commitment to Boone County. CEO Dave Ricks made waves in April when he told a luncheon at the Indiana Convention Center that Indiana’s low taxes and regulatory burden were not enough to be competitive.

“We are deeply concerned about the impact of this law on our workforce and impedes our ability to attract and retain a diverse workforce in Indiana,” Cummins spokesman Jon Mills said in a statement. an August 6 statement bluntly opposing the ban.

Holcomb did not share these reservations.

“It’s full steam ahead in all corporate rankings,” he told reporters. “It’s because of superior site selection. It’s because of [the] low cost of doing business. It’s because of access to talent. And we have that access to talent – ​​we had it yesterday, we have it today and we will have it tomorrow.

He later said, “I will continue to work closely with Lilly and I love the position that Dave Ricks has put this company in, and that it is headquartered here. It is a source of pride.

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Keith P. Plain