Daily News reports:
A former Scientology member made shocking allegations to Leah Remini about the church’s protocols on women having children.
Claire Headley — who was a member of the church’s elite Sea Organization for 30 years — claims the church coerced women into having abortions upon learning of a pregnancy, she alleged on Remini’s A&E docuseries “Scientology and the Aftermath.”
“If a woman got pregnant, she would instantly be scheduled to get an abortion,” Headley explained to Remini in a clip from Tuesday’s episode.
While no one in the church directly held anyone down for the procedure, she told Remini that women were met with grave consequences if they refused.
If she refused in any manner, she would be segregated, not allowed to work with her husband, put on security watch, put on heavy manual labor and interrogated as to why she wanted to leave,” according to Headley.
The ex-Scientology member left the church with her now-husband Marc Headley in 2005, whom she met when she was 17 and he was 19 while both involved in the organization.
Headley claimed that Scientology leaders feared pregnancies meant woman were trying to leave the church, so they allegedly ordered abortions.
She shared with Remini that she knew people who had “up to six” abortions.
Marc and Claire Headley now have three sons — who were all born after they disconnected themselves from the church.
However, Claire fought back tears while discussing her childless years as part of the church.
“I can go, ‘Well, now I have three beautiful children who are my life,’ but … It doesn’t make me feel better about not being strong enough to tell (Scientology) to go f— themselves,” Claire said in the episode, according to USA Today.The Headleys previously filed unsuccessful lawsuits against the Church of Scientology.
The church issued a statement to A&E in regard to the Headleys, noting, “they are part of a small group of obsessed individuals who make a living attacking their former religion,” their latest scheme being the Remini-Rinder reality television show.
It also alleges that Sea Organizations “may marry,” but “those desiring to have children” do so outside of the organization.
“The Church never advocates abortion to Church staff or to parishioners,” a statement obtained by USA Today reads.