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Laura DeCrescenzo forced-abortion lawsuit updates

Discussion in 'Media' started by The Wrong Guy, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Monique Rathbun is on the clock at the Texas Supreme Court, and more in our legal roundup

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, February 24, 2016

    ...we’re still waiting to see Laura DeCrescenzo’s newest brief in her forced-abortion lawsuit against Scientology, but in the meantime we got some surprising news in the case.

    Once again, the nearly seven-year-old lawsuit has a new judge.

    The case had already been delayed and then delayed again because its original judge, Ronald Sohigian, had retired. After several changes, the case eventually landed in the court of Judge Rolf Treu, who put off a scheduled hearing in November for Scientology’s newest motion for summary judgment. He asked for new briefs from both sides and then rescheduled the hearing for March 7. (It seemed somewhat obvious to us that Treu had simply panicked when he realized how complex the case was, and bought himself some more time to get up to speed on it.)

    And now, in the middle of that round of briefing, Treu has been moved to another division, and the case has been handed to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John P. Doyle.

    For now, we’ve been told that the March 7 date for Scientology’s motion for summary judgment is not moving. And we hope that’s true. We also hope that Judge Doyle takes this case more seriously than his predecessor and is ready to go on that date.

    http://tonyortega.org/2016/02/24/mo...-supreme-court-and-more-in-our-legal-roundup/
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  2. The Wrong Guy Member

    Laura DeCrescenzo, on eve of crucial hearing, explains Scientology for new judge

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, February 25, 2016

    Laura DeCrescenzo’s legal team filed its latest brief in advance of a crucial hearing, and we have the document for you. Laura’s forced-abortion lawsuit against the Church of Scientology is almost seven years old now, and trial dates have been set a couple of times. But there’s a final hurdle that she needs to get past, a motion for summary judgment that the church filed that will be considered on March 7.

    The hearing was supposed to happen in November, but Judge Rolf Treu, who had inherited the case after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald Sohigian retired, seemed to panic just the day before the hearing and asked both sides to submit new briefs that would more plainly explain the issue.

    Hey, we know it’s a complex case, but that just seemed like a complete amateur move to us. And now, just a couple of weeks before this crucial hearing, we’ve learned that Treu is off the case and it’s now in the court of Judge John P. Doyle, who has to do a lot of reading, and quick.

    We hope he pays close attention to the document Laura’s team filed this week. It answers Scientology’s latest attempt to portray Laura DeCrescenzo as a griper. In the church’s attempt to explain the lawsuit in clearer terms for Judge Treu, it characterized Laura as a willing “minister” who lived the austere life that a monk or nun might experience in another church. Scientology even dug up an apologist academic who said that things were pretty rough when he was an 18-year-old seminary student, and life in Scientology’s Sea Org struck him as little different.

    In other words, Laura is complaining unnecessarily about religious practices that she voluntarily submitted to as a cloistered religious worker, and her complaints are really about religious matters that are protected by the First Amendment.

    Well, here’s how Laura’s team answered that characterization:

    What Defendants ignore, is that Plaintiff was fraudulently induced to join the Sea Org and move away from her family at the young age of twelve, and thereafter was subjected to years of coercive persuasion at the hand of Defendants, such that she lost her ability to freely make choices about whether she should remain in the Sea Org, whether she should submit to Defendants’ disciplinary procedures, and whether she should have a child, among other important decisions. Churches who fraudulently induce children to join their organizations and engage in coercive persuasion are not entitled to claim judicial immunity from claims made by such individuals.

    Kapow. We expect that’s plain enough for Judge Doyle to understand. But will he, like Judge Sohigian before him, find that Laura’s evidence that she led a hellish life in the Sea Org is persuasive enough for a jury to hear?

    Continued here:
    http://tonyortega.org/2016/02/25/la...l-hearing-explains-scientology-for-new-judge/
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  3. RightOn Member

    Positive vibes going out to Laura
    Joining a "religious order" at age 12 should be a HUGE red flag.
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  4. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology, in forced-abortion case: It’s not abuse if you don’t complain when it’s happening

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, March 3, 2016

    On Monday, Scientology attorney Bert Deixler filed the church’s final salvo at Laura DeCrescenzo before Monday’s crucial hearing in her forced-abortion lawsuit.

    In 2009 Laura filed her lawsuit, and one of its main arguments was that since she had left Scientology’s Sea Org in 2004, she had come to a different understanding of her life in that strict group that requires signing a billion-year contract. After she had left it in 2004, she remained a Scientologist for four more years until finally becoming disaffected and reading eye-opening information about Scientology online.

    Only then, she argued, did she gain the perspective necessary to understand how much her life in the Sea Org — which had begun when she was only twelve years old — was a life of coercion, indoctrination, and deprivation of liberty. Central to that experience was the pressure she was put under, when she became pregnant at 17, to have an abortion. Like many other women who have left the Sea Org, she says that she was forced to have the abortion in the larger interests of Scientology — the “greatest good for the greatest number of dynamics.”

    But Scientology, during its questioning of Laura in depositions, bore down not on how she sees her life in the Sea Org now, but how she perceived it then. Did she feel like a prisoner then? Didn’t she “voluntarily” agree to submit to the Sea Org’s prison detail, the “Rehabilitation Project Force” (RPF), which she stayed in for several years? Wasn’t her decision to have an abortion her own personal one?

    Laura and her legal team have argued consistently that these things were forced upon her, but that Scientology’s manipulative techniques made her feel at the time that she was making these decisions on her own.

    Now, in the final document submitted to the court before Monday’s hearing on Scientology’s motion for summary judgment, Deixler hammers away at this, arguing that Laura today cannot sue over things she felt were reasonable when they were actually happening. It doesn’t matter what she thinks of them today. It matters only that when Laura was joining the Sea Org, submitting to the RPF, and agreeing to an abortion, that she was doing so in agreement with the church she belonged to.

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    http://tonyortega.org/2016/03/03/sc...buse-if-you-dont-complain-when-its-happening/
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  5. Random guy Member


    I wonder how Deixler feels when he goes home from work. I know even the worst crooks have the right of representation, but I'd feel terrible.
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  6. RightOn Member


    I think he sleeps quite well at night on top of his stack of money he will be getting.
    unfortunately
    After all, it is for the greatest good
  7. The Internet Member

    The choices people make are largely determined by the info available to them. Anybody with a head full of wrong info is not going to make wise choices in their own best interests. They're basically under the thumb of the person or group feeding them misinformation.

    Scientology packs peoples' heads full of wrong info. Then it makes them afraid to examine or criticize that info. So Scientology controls the choices that Scientologists make. And Scientology needs to take responsibility for the harm caused to individuals misinformed by Hubbard's derp.

    A few examples of Scientology's whoppers should make the point that young, naive followers are suckered and do not freely consent to those "billion year" contracts --e.g., the stories about LRH as a war hero and a genius who excelled in many fields of study. Those stories lend weight to LRH's claims about unverifiable things. But if the church had to inform members about LRH's real character, about his stolen valor, his flunking out of college, his abuse of Sarah Northrup and their baby, his fraud conviction, etc, people would be more cautious about their commitment to the Scientology organization.
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  9. The Wrong Guy Member

    DeCrescenzo hearing delayed a month

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, March 7, 2016

    On Friday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John P. Doyle decided to postpone a hearing that was scheduled today in Laura DeCrescenzo’s forced-abortion lawsuit against the Church of Scientology. The hearing, which will consider Scientology’s latest motion for summary judgment in the seven-year lawsuit, will be held on April 5.

    Source:
    http://tonyortega.org/2016/03/07/th...f-a-scientology-tv-ad-being-banned-in-the-uk/
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  10. Random guy Member

    Good or bas sign?
  11. I guess it's better than making a bad judgement due to lack of familiarity. It's probably an acknowledgement that the case is complex.
  12. The Wrong Guy Member

    Today Tony Ortega mentioned the hearing, which is in another thread. Here's a piece of it:

    On Friday, we learned that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John P. Doyle had, at the last minute, postponed Monday’s scheduled hearing in Laura DeCrescenzo’s seven-year forced-abortion lawsuit against the Church of Scientology. It was a major hearing, to consider Scientology’s latest motion for summary judgment, and we planned to surprise our readers by showing up Monday morning to blog it live, just like we did the last time a motion for summary judgment was heard in the case, in 2013.

    But Judge Doyle, who only inherited this lawsuit recently, apparently needed an additional month to prepare, and so he moved things back, and too late for us to change our flight, which was scheduled for Saturday.

    We were not happy about that. And, against our better judgment, we let that anger get the better of us and we said something about it in the comments section of Friday’s post.

    Now, it should not come as a shock to our readers that Scientology’s intelligence wing, the Office of Special Affairs, keeps a very close eye on this website. We discovered that was the case a couple of years ago at a court hearing in Texas, when a dozen Scientology attorneys showed up with box after box filled with binders which turned out to contain copies of every page from the blogs written by both Marty Rathbun and your proprietor, including all of the comments, printed out and highlighted. We know this because many of those printed pages became exhibits in that court case, and were also projected on a screen in open court.

    The sheer man-hours which must have been expended to watch this website at that level was truly astonishing.

    We have long been aware of this, and yet, we made the mistake of grousing this past Friday that it was too late to change our flight after Judge Doyle had moved the court hearing. We had broken our rule of keeping quiet about our travel plans. (Yes, we also violated that rule last year when we announced a book tour, and we knew we were taking a chance then. But we also knew we didn’t really have a choice about that.)

    We know now that Scientology took advantage of Friday’s slip-up to put us under surveillance during our trip to Los Angeles. And Mr. Taglieri, Freedom magazine correspondent, was cluing us into that in the creepiest way possible. He did that by informing us that once again your proprietor’s mother had come under surveillance.

    Freedom Magazine's Joe Taglieri followed Tony Ortega and his mother

    https://whyweprotest.net/threads/fr...i-followed-tony-ortega-and-his-mother.131341/
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  15. The Wrong Guy Member

    Live In L.A.: Hearing in Laura DeCrescenzo’s Scientology forced-abortion lawsuit

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, April 27, 2016

    Today, in a Los Angeles courtroom, the Church of Scientology will try to convince a judge that it can treat its own workers as harshly as it wants to and a US civil court can have nothing to say about it.

    Laura DeCrescenzo filed her abuse lawsuit against the Church of Scientology in 2009 and it’s had a complex history since then. But before she can get to a trial later this year, she has to get past a second summary judgment hearing, happening today in Los Angeles Superior Court.

    Her lawsuit already managed to survive a previous summary judgment hearing, in October 2013, and we were in the courtroom for that dramatic day, live blogging as Judge Ronald Sohigian found that Laura had compelling evidence about her forced abortion and other abuses as a member of Scientology’s “Sea Org,” evidence that deserved to be heard by a jury.

    But Sohigian has retired, Scientology has filed another summary judgment motion, and today it will be heard in the courtroom of Judge John P. Doyle. And we will be there, doing our best once again to keep you up to the minute on what’s happening.

    (And thank you to the Underground Bunker’s subscribers: It’s your generous contributions that allow us to make reporting trips like this. We wouldn’t be here to live blog without your support.)

    Last night, after arriving in Los Angeles, we learned that Scientology attorney Bert Deixler may be fighting uphill today. Judge Doyle has issued a tentative ruling denying Scientology’s motion, but we were cautioned by court observers that this could change, depending on what happens in the courtroom today.

    So here we go: We’re going to try to summarize this case as quickly as we can for our newer readers who may be unfamiliar with the Laura DeCrescenzo legal morass.

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    ...Scientology attorney Bert Deixler will try to convince Judge Doyle today that Scientology’s religious rights are being trampled by Laura’s lawsuit, and that its First Amendment protections prevent a civil court from considering her claims.

    We’ll provide updates as soon as things start happening.

    http://tonyortega.org/2016/04/27/li...escenzos-scientology-forced-abortion-lawsuit/
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  16. live updates are being posted presently, as in right now.

    Looks like Tony has Wi-Fi there in the courtroom and he is updating things in close-to-real-time.
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    Lol, Tony is awesome:

    Now he [CoS lawyer Deixler] wants to move to the forced abortion issue, which he calls a “euphemism.” Um, Bert, that’s backwards. A euphemism makes something sound better than it actually was. “Forced abortion” doesn’t really sugarcoat the issue.
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  19. Quentinanon Member

    "Now he [CoS lawyer Deixler] wants to move to the forced abortion issue, which he calls a “euphemism.” Um, Bert, that’s backwards. A euphemism makes something sound better than it actually was. “Forced abortion” doesn’t really sugarcoat the issue."

    It would qualify as a euphemism if the forced abortion is viewed as pre-meditated murder.
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  20. The Wrong Guy Member

    1:31 pm

    Now Judge Doyle is urging both sides to find a mediator for the case. That doesn’t mean a trial won’t happen, but a mediator might help find a settlement to end the case.

    Next meeting on June 3, to talk about mediation and get a more solid trial date.

    He’s suggesting mediation in the fall, trial about this time next year.

    Doyle once again congratulates attorneys on both sides.

    1:33 pm

    Wow, wrapped up by 10:30 in the morning.

    We’ll let you know if there’s anything else interesting we can find out from the attorneys, but for now, this concludes our live blogging.

    Thanks to everyone, but especially our subscribers, whose donations made this trip possible.

    UPDATE: Judge Doyle denies the motion, adopting the tentative ruling he had posted last night.

    Here’s that ruling:

    DeCrescenzo v. Scientology Tentative Ruling on MSJ

    http://tonyortega.org/2016/04/27/li...escenzos-scientology-forced-abortion-lawsuit/
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  21. The Wrong Guy Member

    Former Member of Church of Scientology Can Proceed To Trial | Westside Today

    A former member of the Church of Scientology can proceed to trial with a lawsuit alleging she was forced to work long hours before she was a teen and was coerced to have an abortion at age 17, a Los Angeles judge ruled today.

    Superior Court Judge John Doyle denied a motion by lawyers for the Church of Scientology International and its Religious Technology Center to dismiss Laura Ann DeCrescenzo’s case. The only cause of action he tossed dealt with whether the plaintiff was deprived of a constitutional right of liberty.

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    Although now-retired Judge Ronald Sohigian previously dismissed the case, a three-justice panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal reversed his decision in June 2011 and sent the case back to the judge to determine whether the church was permitted to raise the statute of limitations as a defense.

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    Doyle scheduled a June 3 status conference to discuss the outcome of any appellate court ruling and the setting of a trial date. Before a jury trial can be held, a judge will have to hear evidence on whether DeCrescenzo’s claims were filed within the statute of limitations.

    Doyle said he may have to transfer the case for trial to another courtroom with a calendar more suitable to hearing lengthy trials.

    http://westsidetoday.com/2016/04/27/former-member-of-church-of-scientology-can-proceed-to-trial/
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  22. RightOn Member

    Strength Laura!
    Go get em!
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  23. Ex-Scientologist claims church made her have an abortion at 17.

    My News LA: Ex-Scientologist claims church made her have an abortion at 17

    http://mynewsla.com/crime/2016/04/27/ex-scientologist-claims-church-made-her-have-an-abortion-at-17/

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    Ex-Scientologist claims church made her have an abortion at 17

    POSTED BY HILLARY JACKSON ON APRIL 27, 2016 IN CRIME | 204 VIEWS | LEAVE A RESPONSE

    A former member of the Church of Scientology can proceed to trial with a lawsuit alleging she was forced to work long hours before she was a teen and was coerced to have an abortion at age 17, a Los Angeles judge ruled Wednesday .

    Superior Court Judge John Doyle denied a motion by lawyers for the Church of Scientology International and its Religious Technology Center to dismiss Laura Ann DeCrescenzo’s case. The only cause of action he tossed dealt with whether the plaintiff was deprived of a constitutional right of liberty.

    The case was filed in April 2009, and the allegations include forced abortion, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, unfair business practices and wage-and-hour violations.

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  24. Judge ok's coerced abortion lawsuit against the Church of Scientology.

    KFI AM 640: Judge ok's lawsuit against the Church of Scientology

    http://www.kfiam640.com/articles/local-news-465708/judge-oks-lawsuit-against-the-church-14651224/

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    LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A former member of the Church of Scientology can proceed to trial with a lawsuit alleging she was forced to work long hours before she was a teen and was coerced to have an abortion at age 17, a Los Angeles judge ruled today.

    Superior Court Judge John Doyle denied a motion by lawyers for the Church of Scientology International and its Religious Technology Center to dismiss Laura Ann DeCrescenzo's case. The only cause of action he tossed dealt with whether the plaintiff was deprived of a constitutional right of liberty.

    The case was filed in April 2009, and the allegations include forced abortion, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, unfair business practices and wage-and-hour violations.

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  25. Church Of Scientology Can’t Nix Forced-Abortion, Wage Suit.

    Law 360: Church Of Scientology Can’t Nix Forced-Abortion, Wage Suit

    http://www.law360.com/articles/789789/church-of-scientology-can-t-nix-forced-abortion-wage-suit

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    Law360, Los Angeles (April 27, 2016, 10:40 PM ET) -- A California judge ruled Wednesday that a former Scientologist can proceed with allegations that the controversial church coerced her to have an abortion, work long hours without proper pay and stay against her will, despite the organization’s argument that the matter was about “faith, not force.”

    Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge John P. Doyle also said in a tentative ruling he adopted at the end of Wednesday’s hearing that a ministerial exception that the Church of Scientology said barred plaintiff Laura Ann DeCrescenzo’s claims had...

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  26. RightOn Member

    Hope this court case gets big glorious gams
    I know it has gone on for 7 years...
    But with Ron Miscavige's book coming out now at the same time, it may just help her case
    She has a better chance of winning now.:D
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  27. fishypants Moderator

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  28. There will be coverage of this locally on ABC7 in the Los Angeles area. It was teased during Ron Miscavige's 20/20 episode. That will be in the 11pm news hour, I am not sure when exactly.

    Hope to find and post video later.
  29. failboat Member

    SCIENTOLOGY: WOMAN ALLEGES FORCED ABORTION IN LAWSUIT VS CHURCH (Video at link)

    By Lisa Bartley, Updated 2 hours 30 minutes ago

    LOS ANGELES (KABC) --
    Imagine signing a "Billion Year Contract" when you're barely out of elementary school, and pledging your eternal devotion to a religious order - not just for this lifetime, but for all future lifetimes.

    That's what Laura DeCrescenzo did back in 1991. She was twelve years old at the time and that commitment meant she had to move out of her parents' home in New Mexico and into Scientology's "Pac Base" in Hollywood.

    Laura's parents gave their blessing, despite some concerns. They were both committed Scientologists and encouraged their daughter's faith at a young age. By the time Laura was twelve, she had already volunteered at the Church's Orange County "Org," worked on staff at a New Mexico church, and even joined other Scientologists protesting outside a courthouse in Downtown Los Angeles.

    Strangely enough, it's at that very same courthouse that Laura is now waging an epic legal battle against the Church of Scientology. In her lawsuit, Laura claims she was falsely imprisoned, isolated from her family at times, subjected to rigid discipline and forced to have an abortion when she became pregnant at age 17.

    More here, with 5-minute video - http://abc7.com/news/scientology-woman-alleges-forced-abortion-in-lawsuit-vs-church/1316454/
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  30. anon8109 Member

    Powerfully written and as comprehensive as possible for a one page news article.
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  32. Woman Sues Scientology For Allegedly Forcing Her To Have An Abortion.

    LAist: Woman Sues Scientology For Allegedly Forcing Her To Have An Abortion

    http://laist.com/2016/04/30/woman_sues_scientology_for_allegedl.php

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    Woman Sues Scientology For Allegedly Forcing Her To Have An Abortion

    BY MATT TINOCO IN NEWS ON APR 30, 2016 5:03 PM

    An L.A. County Superior Court Judge ruled this week that a woman who is suing the Church of Scientology for forcing her to have an abortion against her will may proceed with her trial.

    Laura DeCrescenzo alleges that the Church of Scientology forced her to abort a fetus when she was 17-years-old, according to KABC. DeCrescenzo, who signed a "Billion Year Contract" with the church when she was just twelve years old, originally filed her lawsuit back in 2009. Since then, Scientology has put up a vicious legal fight, managing to stall DeCrescenzo's case until now.

    Aside from the forced abortion, DeCrescenzo is accusing Scientology of false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, unfair business practices and wage-and-hour violations, according to OC Weekly.

    DeCrescenzo was involved with Scientology for about seventeen years, according to court documents. The abortion happened back in 1996, five years into her encounter with the church. At the time, DeCrescenzo was a part of Scientology's infamous "Sea Org," the wing of church for the most dedicated members that coincidentally operates several boats.

    According to court documents, the church pressured her into having an abortion by threatening her with unemployment, homelessness, and never seeing her husband again if she had the child. The church also allegedly said that if she lost her job, she would be liable for a "freeloader debt" incurred on all earlier Scientology training and services.

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  33. Scientology Scandal: Woman Claims Church Forced Her To Have Abortion.

    Inquistr - Scientology Scandal: Woman Claims Church Forced Her To Have Abortion, Kept Her Imprisoned In Church Punishment Facility

    http://www.inquisitr.com/3050518/sc...her-imprisoned-in-church-punishment-facility/

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    The Church of Scientology is facing a growing scandal after a former member claimed the church forced her to have an abortion and later falsely imprisoned her, forcing her into painful punishments.

    Laura DeCrescenzo is claiming that when she was 17 years old, the Church of Scientology forced her to abort her pregnancy. As KABC reported, DeCrescenzo had originally filed a lawsuit in 2009 and won a ruling this week from the L.A. County Superior Court for the case to move forward.

    DeCrescenzo has a laundry list of other claims against the church, the OC Weekly reported. They include false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, unfair business practices and wage-and-hour violations. Laura claims that church officials intimidated her after she became pregnant as a teenager, telling her that she would be left homeless and unemployed and that she would never see her husband again if she decided to keep the baby.

    Her time with the church remained strained after that. DeCrescenzo claimed that in 2001, she was sent to a punishment program known as “Rehabilitation Project Force.” Laura claims that she was “beaten down” during the three years that followed, forced to do manual labor and physical punishments like push-ups or running around a basement.

    “I wasn’t allowed to speak with my family. You’re not allowed to have more than twenty dollars on you at any given time. You’re not allowed to go anywhere without another person. You’re watched 24/7,” says DeCrescenzo.

    DeCrescenzo remained in the church another 12 years after the alleged forced abortion, but left in 2008 after coming across an internet message board where former members shared their horror stories of the church.

    Officials from the Church of Scientology have vehemently denied DeCrescenzo’s claims.

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  34. Former Scientologist allegedly forced to have abortion wins major legal victory against church.

    Raw Story: Former Scientologist forced to have abortion wins major legal victory against church
    https://www.rawstory.com/2016/05/fo...tion-wins-major-legal-victory-against-church/

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    Former Scientologist forced to have abortion wins major legal victory against church

    Tom Boggioni

    01 MAY 2016 AT 09:15 ET

    Itook seven years, but a former Scientologist will see her lawsuit against the church — which she says kept her captive and forced her to have an abortion — go to trial, KABC reports.

    Laura Ann DeCrescenzo, who began doing volunteer work for the Church of Scientology at the age of six, received good news this week when Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John Doyle denied a motion by lawyers for the Church of Scientology International to dismiss her case.

    DeCrescenzo is suing the church for false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, unfair business practices and wage-and-hour violations, as well as claiming that the church coerced into having an abortion at the age of 17.

    According to DeCrescenzo, she was kept a virtual prisoner by the church for years.

    “I wasn’t allowed to speak with my family. You’re not allowed to have more than twenty dollars on you at any given time,” explained DeCrescenzo. “You’re not allowed to go anywhere without another person. You’re watched 24/7.”

    DeCrescenzo says she remained a member of the church for years after the abortion, stating that church officials psychologically abused her after she became pregnant, telling her that she would be left homeless and unable to find a job and denied the ability to ever see her husband again.

    According to the woman, she finally escaped the church in 2004 when she pretended to attempt suicide by swallowing a cup of bleach.

    She abandoned the church for good four years later.

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  36. Ex-Scientologist Can Go to Jury Trial Over Forced Abortion, Judge Rules

    The following is a very good article that understands the legal posture of the case, summarizes the history and facts well, quotes Tony Ortega, and includes the Knowledge Report video of Gary Morehead on Forced Abortions. As I result, I'm not going to even try to excerpt it. Recommended reading.

    Broadly: Ex-Scientologist Can Go to Jury Trial Over Forced Abortion, Judge Rules

    https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/arti...o-jury-trial-over-forced-abortion-judge-rules

    by Tanja M. Laden MAY 3 2016 8:30 PM
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