The Church of Scientology reputedly forces women to undergo abortion because having children apparently interferes with the organization's goal of making the planet a better place, according to the revelation of a former Scientologist who appeared on the Dec. 27 episode of Leah Remini's A&E docu-series.
The fifth episode of "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" featured the organization's production company's former event producer Mark Headley and his wife Claire, who escaped from the church. Speaking to Remini and former Scientology international spokesperson Mike Rinder, the couple revealed incidents of forced abortion, false imprisonment and slave work within the 15 years they were with the elite group called the Sea Organization, which is composed of members who work full-time for the church, The Federalist relays.
A tearful Claire told Remini how the Church of Scientology sees babies as a hindrance to their group's goal of bettering the planet.
"I absolutely swore that I would never have an abortion. I wanted kids. But next thing I know, I missed a period so I had to see the medical officer," said Claire. "And sure enough, it was positive and she said, 'Well you're going to need to get an abortion.'... And meanwhile I'm dying."
In addition, Claire shared the lasting effect of the abortion that the Church of Scientology forced her to undergo.
"It's a worst fear come true. Some wounds you can't heal. Of course, now I have three beautiful children who are my life. But it doesn't make it easier to deal with it," Claire explained to Remini. "It doesn't make it any easier, ever. It doesn't make me feel better about not being strong enough to tell them to go f— themselves."
In an article written for the Priests for Life website, author Victoria Gisondi points out that Claire's story of a forced abortion is not an isolated incident. In fact, she said a simple Google search using the keywords "scientology" and "abortion" will yield many similar stories including one from The Tampa Bay Times in June 2010. The church, on the other hand, has denied banning children for Sea Org members.
The said episode of Remini's docu-series reportedly left the viewers wondering why the Church of Scientology's International Base in California has not yet been raided or why the residents there still have not been interviewed.
Meanwhile, on the Jan. 3 episode of "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath," the actress interviewed 29-year-old former church auditor Aaron Smith-Levin. The latter described how his ties with his twin were allegedly severed because of the organization's practice of disconnecting from those who left. He also urged Scientologists to not let their fear hinder them from leaving the church and said his life now is a lot better.