LIVE FROM LOS ANGELES: Summary Judgment Hearing in DeCrescenzo Forced-Abortion Lawsuit - 2013-10-23

F347.png LIVE FROM LOS ANGELES: Summary Judgment Hearing in DeCrescenzo Forced-Abortion Lawsuit October 23, 2013, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

We're in Los Angeles this morning for a crucial hearing in Laura DeCrescenzo's lawsuit against the Church of Scientology. DeCrescenzo is suing over the abuse she says she suffered while a member of Scientology's "Sea Org," including, she alleges, being forced to have an abortion by the church at 17.

The hearing comes less than two weeks after DeCrescenzo filed explosive new evidence gleaned from thousands of pages of documents that Scientology was forced to turn over after the church appealed all the way to Supreme Court to try and keep the material hidden. Please see our story about the contents of those files, which describe Laura's struggles as a homesick 12-year-old working 98-hour weeks for pennies an hour.

There were also documents which bolstered Laura's assertion that the church knew that she had not wanted an abortion when she found out she was pregnant in February 1996. She was told by supervising Sea Org officials that she needed to do what was best for "the greatest good for the greatest number of dynamics," and she felt pressured to terminate the pregnancy.


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