Congratulations! After years of gerbil-on-a-wheel effort at the Feinberg School of Medicine, you’ll be graduating in pharmacology this spring. The world is your shell.
But where to scale Mount Pharma? You could stay close to home and go work for AbbVie or immerse yourself in San Francisco’s hot biotech scene. But you’ve already been in Chicago — well, titrating urine in windowless labs in Chicago anyway — for seven years. And the cost of living is so high in the City by the Bay. You’ll end up in Oakland if you’re not careful.
Eli Lilly looks intriguing, and your paycheck will certainly stretch farther into Indiana — median home values there are 20% lower than in Illinois. Yes, Indianapolis, where Lilly is headquartered, isn’t exactly Fun City.
But isn’t Indiana falling back into a kind of medieval stronghold when it comes to women, after enacting a near-total abortion ban on Friday night? The first state legislature to kneel reproductive rights since Donald Trump’s personal Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade.
No one chooses their career path based on convenient access to abortion. And with what Lilly is paying you – researchers there can make $140,000 or more a year – traveling to Illinois to do the deed will just be an expensive inconvenience.
But the ban sets a Your, is not it ? Because fanatics, like sharks, have to move on or they can’t breathe. The closure of abortion clinics leads to controls on women’s ability to travel freely, order certain medications by mail, or even talk about particular medical options.
Soon you will be experiencing “The Handmaid’s Tale”. Do you really want to raise your family in the Republic of Gilead?
What’s amazing is how quickly Lilly realized that her business model — hiring smart people to invent new drugs — is under threat from Indiana telling women to shut up and get back into the kitchen. Hours after Governor Eric Holcomb signed Senate Bill 1 into law, the 148-year-old company released a public statement.
Abortion, the conglomerate explained, is a “divisive and deeply personal issue, with no clear consensus among the citizens of Indiana.”
Unlike Kansas, which put the issue to a vote, state control over women’s bodies fell sharply, by an 18-point margin, 59% to 41%.
“Despite this lack of agreement, Indiana chose to quickly pass one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the United States,” the company announced. “We are concerned that this law will impede Lilly’s – and Indiana’s – ability to attract diverse scientific, technical and business talent from around the world. Given this new law, we will be forced to plan for greater job growth outside of our home country.
I’m sure Governor Pritzker will be more than happy to help them there.
Although I don’t mean to suggest that harming their own economies and dampening their future growth is the main problem with banning abortion. Even though it will sting: Indiana’s 2015 Religious Freedom Act, Indiana’s law weaponizing Christianity as a justification for discrimination against gay people, cost Indianapolis $60 million in lost business, his office says visitors and congresses.
The biggest problem with banning abortion is that it is a grotesque, religiously fueled intrusion into the lives of girls, women and all who love them. Boyfriends. Dads. Brothers. Sisters.
It takes a deeply personal decision – whether to carry a child – rips it out of their hands and gives it to pissed off fanatics they’ve never met and don’t care about them at all. Otherwise they’d back down. , heads bowed, muttering, “I’m terribly sorry; I let my religious zeal turn me into a monster.
Seizing the personal health care and family planning decisions of others and making them through the law is immoral, inhumane, and un-American. You will not allow the state legislature to decide toothpaste yyou use. If Indianapolis lawmakers voted to demand Colgate over Crest, the nation would never stop laughing.
The only reason they’d presume to make this much bigger decision is because they’ve convinced themselves that their fictional babies — frank cocktail-sized fetuses, usually — are baby Gerber, cooing and gurgling and locked in a building on fire and must be saved.
And the problem is that they don’t even believe it. Not really. Ask any anti-abortion fanatic when women who had abortions in 2021 and 2020 and beyond are going to be hunted down, prosecuted for killing their babies, and imprisoned where the murderers belong. The answer…not that they’re honest enough to say it, but let’s pretend…it’s “never”.
Because the babies they get so worked up about aren’t actually murdered babies but a metaphor. An argument that obviously works. Asking when women who have had abortions in the past go to jail is like asking how much cheese Disney World consumes to feed Mickey Mouse. It is very important there. But the answer is always: none.
No cheese because he’s not really a mouse. It’s an image. Ditto for the babies who now form an army of occupying invisible zombies in Indiana and half the country. We cannot register guns because the right is terrified of government surveillance. But they will let him read women’s emails and follow their rules.
For years, Republican lawmakers seemed to understand this and garnered votes while a nationwide ban danced a wisp.
Now, thanks to Donald Trump – who truly kills everything he touches – the United States Supreme Court, its judgment and reputation ruined, has set the stage for states to willfully ruin themselves. Indiana, of course, was the first to respond.
The tragedy – well, among the huge expanding explosion zone of radiant tragedies – is that we’ll never know what life-saving drugs weren’t discovered at Eli Lilly because the new pharmacology graduates who allegedly discovered them there would not have set foot there in Indiana.