Skip to comments.“Church” of Scientology Reportedly Forced Women to Have Abortions
Posted on 07/20/2012 6:22:57 AM PDT by wagglebee
The controversial Church of Scientology is coming under criticism from multiple women who all say they were forced to have abortions. The Church has been a source of debate since its founding by American science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard.
Adding to the debate, the Church of Scientology is now facing accusations from scores of women who say they are been pressured or coerced into having abortions against their will and Laura DeCrescenzo, a New Mexico resident, is leading the way with a lawsuit against the Church.
The Village Voice newspaper has a lengthy article on her struggle:
All told, over the three years shes been suing Scientology for the way she was treated as a young Sea Org employee including, she alleges, being forced to have an abortion at 17 so she could keep working extreme hours without interruption shes been deposed a total of four and a half days.
Just keeping up with whats happened to her lawsuit since she first filed it in 2009 has also been exhausting the case has been to state and federal courts, to a state appeals court, and now back to a state trial judge, and its still a year from an actual trial date. And, as our legal expert Scott Pilutik tells us, DeCrescenzo still has serious hurdles to overcome to even reach that jury trial. But a year ago, Pilutik explained to us that the consequences of this single case are enormous for Scientology, which helps explain why the church is fighting it so hard.
If Laura DeCrescenzo can get her story heard in court, the result could be devastating.
DeCrescenzo has talked at length about the brainwashing she underwent during her time in what many people consider to be a cult. The brainwashing was so extensive that Church of Scientology members tried to talk her into thinking she had made the decision to have an abortion.
Also, she says, she constantly has to battle the church attorneys during the depositions over terminology. Theyre always trying to put words in my mouth.
When she gave an answer about having a forced abortion, for example, she says one of the church attorneys began his next question by saying, So, when you made the decision to have an abortion rather than leave
I had to stop him. No, I was forced to have an abortion. So we ended up going back and forth arguing about that, she says.
I think my case is too unbelievable for most people to grasp, she adds. Its almost too unbelievable for me. The fact that I started in the Sea Org at 12 and all that happened, its just incredible.
DeCrescenzo isnt the only woman who has left the church and alleged to have been forced to have an abortion.
Maureen Bolstad, former Sea Org (a division of the Church:) member, said in a 2009 interview on KESQ TV News: If a woman gets pregnant, and does not abort the child, then they are declared a suppressive person. Because,it kind of started out gradually. At first, the thing was, the Church of Scientology International did not want to pay for child care.
Claire Headley, another former member, filed suit as well.
In particular, Plaintiff complains that she worked long hard hours for illegal wages, was forced to have abortions to keep her job and was subjected to violations of personal rights and liberties by Defendants for purposes of obtaining forced labor, he legal challenge says. The goals of this case include stopping the practice of ordering female employees to have abortions, stopping the practice of oppressive child labor and clearing the path for workers of Scientology organizations to obtain the compensation due them under state and federal labor laws. Plaintiff seeks payment for her work at minimum wage, overtime pay, a permanent injunction against forced abortions and other remedies authorized by law.
In the course of, and by reason of her employment with Defendants, Plaintiff was ordered to have abortions, at her expense, and in fact coerced and intimidated into having abortions to keep her job with Defendant. Plaintiff is informed and believes that Defendants continue to ignore labor laws and coerce pregnant workers into forced abortions, it continues.
Tera Hattaway, former staff member for the Church, swore in an Affidavit in April 2001, Within a month or so of joining staff I discovered that I was pregnant. At the time I was approximately 22 years old, upset and uncertain as to how to handle this. I was afraid and needed someone to turn to so I confided in Melanie, thinking I needed to let my ex-boyfriend know, as I truly did love him very much and we did have intentions to marry in the future. Melanies very strong advice and pressure was to abort the baby. She had gone on to say that at this point in my life it is better to do the greatest good for all. That spending my life clearing the planetwhich means basically to get the planet saved from insanity, would be the greatest good, in other words, a far more noble endeavor than leaving staff to raise a child.
And Jenna Miscavige-Hill, another former member, talked with ABCs Nightline program about her experience.
Hill said that if you get pregnant when youre in the Sea Org you either have to leave, or you get an abortion. I know women who have had up to four abortions.
Some critics of the Church of Scientology says the evidence is enough to warrant a massive investigation by state and federal authorities and for the IRS to reconsider its decision long ago to allow the Church to hold 501(c)3 nonprofit status. With articles like the one in the Village Voice, the Church is likely to face significantly more pressure.
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Sorry folks,but these people were not forced to do anything.
They are not kept in that Church with guns, they are not threatened with death if they quit. The Scientologists are crazy,but they don’t go around picking up people and driving them to Planned Parenthood under aremed threat for an abortion.
At least I don’t think they do.
If you don’t like the religion——quit.
these scientologists are criminals
Lisa McPherson's family and friends probably have a different opinion.
They DO stalk people, though. That certainly is criminal.
Actually, the Scientologists are known for physical threats against people who leave them, and also for threatening their families.
That said, the whole essence of Scientology is brainwashing, and the people who have gone through their system lose all contact with the outside world and outside realities and are completely controlled by Scientology.
Scientologists were involved in the death of Terri Schiavo, partly because her husband was involved with them and partly because the entire municipal and local government of the Tampa-St Pete area is filled with Scientologists or bought off by them. So I can see why she would be afraid to seek help from the outside, because even that could be corrupted.
I think Scientology is a moonbat pseudo-religion at best. But does anyone else get the feeling that this noise about it lately is part of some organized attack? I mean, the Scientology loons have been part of the cultural scene for decades. Why all this vitriol all of a sudden? Somebody not paying off the media anymore? Did the donation well dry up for Obozo and his Flying Circus? Did someone criticize a fag or someone important?
Now, it all makes sense why Katie Holmes left Tom Cruise so abruptly, and also why she wanted sole custody of Suri.
you obviously don’t get mind control
you know ole Greta is one of them right? And her little dog too
Scientology is a con game.
Pray for America
refusal to acknowledge eternal truth leaves an organization wide open to the whims of any charismatic personalities: cults, political parties, nations,
It IS a con game. With all that’s now known about scientology, L Ron Hubbard and that ridiculous Xenu story that he concocted, anyone who willingly joins that group is a confirmed moron.
Yes - I am aware of her compliance.
Scientology doesn't hurt the rich celebs but they have destroyed the lives of many people IMO whom they separate from their families and part of indoctrination is poor nutrition so that the brainwashing goes easier when the poor victim can't think right cuz they are hungry and workin' menial tasks at the HQ while being brainwashed. I STAND by the above. It's true. Everyone in Florida is aware of their methods.
For more, watch the Southpark episode of scientology to find out what their belief system. That episode was made after Chef quit (he was a scientologist).
Being "declared" (excommunicated) means that no Scientologist is allowed to communicate with, or help, her in any way, under penalty of also being declared.
What this effectively means, for a girl in the Sea Org who was raised in Scientology, is being cut off from everybody she's known, and being forced out on the street, no money, and no idea of how to function in the "real" world. The psychological pressure is intense.
As to how these kids got into the Sea Org at a young age, kids of Scientologists are given recruiting talks at a young age. Parents who balk at having their kids talked to are given a very hard time.