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Laura Decrescenzo v. Church of Scientology International, Inc., et al.

Discussion in 'Legal and Government Actions Involving Scientology' started by AnonKat, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    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

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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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  2. CommunicatorIC

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  3. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

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

    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

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

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    If this does go to a jury it will be a massive triumph for the protesting community. I don't think Scientology has been made to weave its convoluted logic before a jury before. It will be massive because it will set some boundaries on this kind of cultic behaviour AND it will put on public record the dismissive regard that Scientology philosophy has for people, families and relationships.

    It will also give Laura her day of justice. At last.

  5. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    When Should Humanists Oppose Abortion? When Scientology Forces It on Church Members

    When Should Humanists Oppose Abortion? When Scientology Forces It on Church Members.

    The Humanist: When Should Humanists Oppose Abortion? When Scientology Forces It on Church Members

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    When Should Humanists Oppose Abortion? When Scientology Forces It on Church Members


    With reproductive rights constantly under attack in the United States, humanists spend a significant amount of time and effort defending abortion access, whether through volunteering and donating to pro-choice organizations or by explaining to friends and family why abortion is a valid and moral decision. However, in defending women’s right to reproductive freedom, humanists should also remember that the right to have a child is just as important as the right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. While instances in which humanists, feminists, and other pro-choice advocates must defend women’s right to carry a wanted pregnancy from religious organizations may seem rare, we must be prepared to speak out against these situations if we truly care about women’s right to bodily autonomy under all circumstances.

    Recently, an instance of a religious organization pressuring women to have abortions has come into the spotlight through a lawsuit filed against the Church of Scientology. The lawsuit was filed by Laura Crescenzo, a former Scientologist and member of the Sea Org. The Sea Org is an organization made up of Scientology’s most committed members, often children of Scientologists, who are employed by the church and exploited as employees through withheld wages, long working hours, and threats of being ostracized for leaving. Sea Org members are forbidden from having children, and those who become pregnant are coerced into having abortions, despite the official Church of Scientology’s stance
    that abortions are “traumatic physically and spiritually to an unborn child.” (The trauma an abortion may cause to the mother is mentioned almost as an afterthought.) After being forced to terminate her pregnancy and enduring even more abuse, Crescenzo spent years seeking justice from Scientology.

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    Being truly pro-choice means supporting all of the reproductive choices that a woman may make, and both abortion and keeping the pregnancy are part of the range of choices. Just as the humanist movement criticizes Catholics and evangelical Christians when they codify their religious beliefs into law, we should also criticize the Church of Scientology for coercing its members into having abortions against their will. And we should stand with other organizations, both religious and secular, that fight for women’s reproductive freedoms.

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  6. Free to shine

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    What next?
  7. prosecco

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  8. ThetanExterior

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  9. Dulloldfart

    Dulloldfart Squirrel Extraordinaire

    I remember Greg: blond hair. Wasn't he a NOTs auditor for GOWW, must have been around 1980? (Rhetorical question).

  10. ThetanExterior

    ThetanExterior Gold Meritorious Patron

    He audited me on NOTs OT Eligibility in mid 1990s.

    He could audit in Spanish as well as English, having been raised in Peru I think.

    He was married to the IAS reg from hell, Ginger Smith.
  11. prosecco

    prosecco Patron Meritorious

    He was there later than 1980. He was married to Ginger Smith, CO CMO Uk at the time, around 1990?
  12. Dulloldfart

    Dulloldfart Squirrel Extraordinaire

    I remember him from the NOTs unit at that time, where I was working in Tech Services for a couple of years around 1980/1981 (unless I completely imagined it). I left SH in 1986, and was never on staff there again. Wasn't Ginger in GOWW earlier too? GOWW got nuked in what, 1982?

  13. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    More news:
  14. Leland

    Leland Crusader

    Sounds to me like it has nothing to do with some distant relatives being in the Cult....but rather just that they are his relatives...and might end up on the witness stand.

    I can believe how long these trials drag on.....!

    I wonder if this Cult Smith person....was "disconnected".....but now is a problem for the Trail?
  15. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    There's a lot of discussion at The Underground Bunker about this. Does anyone here have an opinion?
    Personally I don't understand a 'justice system' that drags this on for years and years and they are not even at trial yet! I hope Laura remains strong.
  16. Free to shine

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  17. Free to shine

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    More news on this seemingly never ending saga.
    Docs and article here:
  18. Phoenix8

    Phoenix8 Patron with Honors

    Can someone explain to me what this means for Laura in layman's terms, please?

  19. Jump

    Jump Operating teatime

    Scientology goons tried to dick with the legal system by asking a higher court to throw out a previous legal advance by Laura.

    The higher court replied back to the Scientology goons with the one liner "Up your nose with a rubber hose."
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2016
  20. Mimsey Borogrove

    Mimsey Borogrove Crusader

    Laura won this round, and can proceed with her case. The delaying tactic by Scientology didn't work. That said, there are two higher courts of appeal they can bother: the state supreme court and the federal supreme court.

    Hubbard said (in a nutshell) you use the legal system to delay, harass and use up the opponents resources. You don't really care if you win, you want to wear down, or scare off adversaries.

    It is an interesting point of view, because it presupposes the writer knew Scientology was an indefensible scam.