With a trial looming in 6-year forced-abortion lawsuit, Scientology cries 'but we're a religion!' - 2015-08-13
Laura DeCrescenzo In 2013, the Underground Bunker provided live coverage as Laura DeCrescenzo's forced-abortion lawsuit survived a major challenge by the Church of Scientology. Laura sued the church in 2009 because she alleges that she was abused as a "Sea Org" worker who, for example, was made to work 90-hour weeks for pennies an hour — and that's when she was 12 years old. When she turned 13, she was moved to an adult schedule of 112-hour weeks. At 17, while still technically a child, she says she was coerced into having an abortion — something other women have alleged was standard policy in the Sea Org, where having children was forbidden because it would prevent them from working so much.
After four years of complex legal wrangling — which even included Scientology's failed attempt to have the US Supreme Court intervene — DeCrescenzo's legal team convinced LA Superior Court Judge Ronald Sohigian that there was enough evidence of Scientology's shocking treatment of Laura that a jury should sort out who was telling the truth. Sohigian denied Scientology's motion for summary judgment. Sohigian then retired, and the new judge in the case scheduled trial for December 7, 2015.
But now, as that trial date looms, Scientology has filed yet another voluminous motion for summary judgment — and this time, it's a familiar refrain.