Gloriavale: Claims of forced births ‘untrue’, ‘extremely offensive’
By Ryan Boswell |1News Reporter|
Claims that Gloriavale women are forced to have babies by the leadership to bring in money have been called “totally disgusting”, “untrue”, and “extremely offensive”.
Current member Christiana Standtrue told the Employment Court that she has always loved babies and children.
Standtrue said she believes that “God opens and shuts the womb and that it is his will when a child is conceived and born”. Gloriavale does not believe in contraception.
Last year, former member John Ready said the main focus for young women in the West Coast community was to work and produce babies.