HOW SCIENTOLOGY COERCED A CHILD TO HAVE AN ABORTION: THE LAURA DECRESCENZO FILES - 2013-10-11
Wednesday afternoon, Laura DeCrescenzo filed explosive new information in her four-year legal odyssey against the Church of Scientology, submitting 928 pages of new declarations and exhibits in anticipation of a crucial October 23 hearing in her lawsuit against the church which alleges abuse, including allegations that she was forced to have an abortion at only 17 years of age.
Key to the new filings is information gleaned from thousands of pages of previously secret files that the church fought mightily to keep under wraps. But on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Scientology's final appeal regarding the files, paving the way for DeCrescenzo to make use of the evidence, and she wasted no time getting some of that information on the record.
For months, the Church of Scientology has been pursuing expensive appeals, arguing that forcing it to turn over Laura's "pc files" was like asking a Catholic priest to give up information admitted in a confession. Repeatedly, Scientology's attorney Bert Deixler, in his petitions to the California and U.S. Supreme Courts, has referred to the information in Laura's files as "deeply religious," and central to the nature of Scientology itself.