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Governor Holcomb largely dismisses potential economic impact of abortion ban

Gov. Eric Holcomb speaks to a local chamber of commerce on Aug. 17, 2022.
Brandon Smith
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IPB News
Gov. Eric Holcomb speaks to a local chamber of commerce on Aug. 17, 2022.

Gov. Eric Holcomb largely dismissed any impact Indiana’s near-total abortion ban will have on attracting and retaining businesses and talent to the state.

Holcomb spoke to reporters Wednesday for the first time since he signed the abortion ban into law.

Some of the state’s top employers – including Eli Lilly and Cummins – expressed opposition to the ban, and said they will consider other states as they look to grow their businesses.

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Holcomb acknowledged that some companies might avoid Indiana entirely because of its abortion ban. But the governor insisted the state is well-positioned to continue adding jobs and investments.

“It’s because of access to talent,” Holcomb said. “And we have that access to talent – we had it yesterday, we have it today and we’ll have it tomorrow.”

Holcomb said he signed the ban because he met his “threshold of progress.”

“It’s progress towards valuing the sanctity of life and expressing it through law,” Holcomb said.

Holcomb said he anticipates further debates and changes to the law in the future but wouldn’t say what kind of changes he’d like to see.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.