Former Scientologist Claims Women in Sea Org Who Become Pregnant Forced to Obtain Abortion

A former Scientologist asserted in an interview for the A&E series “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” this week that women who are part of the group’s elite Sea Organization are forced to obtain an abortion should they become pregnant—a charge that leaders in the so-called Church of Scientology deny.

“If a woman got pregnant, she would instantly be scheduled to go and get an abortion,” Claire Headley stated in the episode. “If she refused in any manner, she would be segregated, not allowed to speak with her husband, put under security watch, put on heavy manual labor and interrogated for her crimes…”

Remini’s co-host, Mike Rinder, agreed, remarking that it is considered a “mortal sin” to become pregnant while serving in the Sea Organization.

“If you were in the Sea Organization and you got pregnant, you were expected to have an abortion,” he said.

Headley expressed sorrow in recounting that she was forced into ending the life of her unborn child. After leaving Scientology in 2005, she and her husband had three children.

“I have three beautiful children who are my life, but it doesn’t make it any easier to deal with it (the abortion),” she said.

But representatives of the “Church of Scientology” released a statement denying the accusations, stating that they only advise couples to wait until they are out of the group to have children.

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“While Sea Organization couples may marry, those desiring to have children do so outside the Sea Organization. The Church never advocates abortion to Church staff or to parishioners,” it said.

An attorney for the organization made similar statements earlier this year in a legal brief responding to a lawsuit from a California woman who says she suffers trauma after being forced to have an abortion.

“To be clear, defendants do not argue that a church may physically force a woman to have an abortion,” attorney Bert Deixler wrote. “But that is not the issue here. Under the First Amendment, churches may encourage a minister of a religious order to forego child rearing so she or he may continue a religious life. Courts may not interfere with those efforts.”

As previously reported, Laura Ann DeCrescenzo has been fighting for the past seven years to have her case heard by the courts and was granted her request in May. She says that by age twelve, she had moved out of her parents’ house and into the Church of Scientology’s “Pac Base” in Hollywood and signed a billion year contract with the Sea Organization.

When she became pregnant at 17, DeCrescenzo contends that she was forced to have an abortion and told that it was “only tissue.”

“Defendants forced Plaintiff to have an abortion by threatening Plaintiff with losing her job, housing, and losing her husband if she did not have an abortion,” her lawsuit reads.

DeCrescenzo says that as the result of the abortion, she “suffers from severe emotional stress, including anxiety, embarrassment, humiliation, shame, depression, feelings of powerlessness and anguish.”

“I never agreed to have an abortion,” she told reporters. “Did I concede? Yes, I did. Does it kill me every day? Yes, it does.”


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  • Amos Moses

    been watching since the first show ……. scary real ……. another “of the world churches” wanting you to do do do ……….. to the tune of thousands of dollars ……. christianity “It is done” …

    • Brian Jackson

      Amos, as a practicing Roman Catholic we are NOT strong armed into anything. Every Mass is open to anyone who wants to attend, or leave. Sunday tithing is a suggested donation (many people don’t give $). There’s no ‘outing’ anybody. The measure of our faith is outward, toward helping others, the disenfranchised, poor, where Scientology is inward and singularly focused on the individual. There’s no barred windows and doors keeping you in in my faith.

      • Bob Crouch

        I agree. Lumping in Scientology with religions in general is only doing the cult’s bidding.

  • johndoe

    Read the book “Going Clear,” excellent introduction to this creepy bogus religion.

    • Amos Moses

      the HBO movie also is worth a look ………….. same name ……….

      • Mark Foster

        Also: check out the book LET´S SELL THESE PEOPLE A PIECE OF BLUE SKY by Jon Atack

  • noplefforatx@yahoo.com

    Scientology is all about control and money. How they got their tax exempt status is beyond me. They have fixed price “donations” and once they get a hold of a person they will squeeze every penny out of them Their non-profit status is a joke, a bad joke.

    • daytoncapri

      If you would like to know how they got their IRS tax exempt status, then search this phrase: “The Shadowy Story Behind Scientology’s Tax-Exempt Status”

      • noplefforatx@yahoo.com

        Thank you for posting this. The tax-exempt status of Scientology is a disgrace Scientology is a serial abuser of human rights; forced abortions are only part of that story. I myself know of worse horror stories than Leah Remini could speak to. Another issue is their treatment of their workers who don’t pay into social security. What does Scientology do for those who grow too old to work any longer? Nothing. They get tossed unto the street and left to fend for themselves which usually means that the taxpayers end up paying for them in welfare and medicaid expenses.

      • http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-youtube-and-internet-journalism-destroyed-tom-cruise-our-last-real-movie-star-4656549 elle

        What crap. I know about this issue close up and inside. You echo propaganda, not being interested in the truth. You should call the IRS and give them heck. Tell them “the truth” because they don’t know and will thank you for enlightening them. Try that.

        • daytoncapri

          Oh, don;t so touchy elle, it’s only a conversation. Let the readers research and draw their own conclusion, they’re grown-up enough to do that, right?

        • Bob Crouch

          The cult’s IRS swindle is amply documented. All you’re offering is “take my word because I know better.” If you are the lone correct voice, where’s your evidence? “Crap” won’t cut it!

  • John Davis

    Scientology policy is very clear on abortion. Please check out the Dianetics book. Scientology policy does NOT recommend abortion. If any Sea Org member suggested another staff member get an abortion, he or she was operating AGAINST Scientology policy.

    • Amos Moses

      so which version was that ……….. it has been changed over the years …… and just because a “policy” is no longer written down … does not mean it is not enforced ……… one of the points that the show makes is just that …. “disconnection” is not a “scientology policy” and “not enforced” …. but it is PAINFULLY OBVIOUS from the show ….. THAT IT IS ……….. to this day ……….

      • Brian Jackson

        Thank you Amos.

      • John Davis

        Like I said, your reference to Scientology policy re abortion is in the Dianetics book, also Science of Survival and many bulletins Hubbard put out from the early ’50’s. Of course, if you’d rather use your imagination . . .

        I know of several cases where the wife of a Sea Org member has gotten pregnant. These were on staff at Sea Org only locations. Nobody said anything about abortions. They were posted to outer orgs, where there are facilities such as creches and schools.

        My guess is that this is an isolated case of someone who was operating off policy. It happens. Of course, it shouldn’t, but hey, welcome to planet Earth!

        • Amos Moses

          and the scientology organization keeps changing the books and the requirements for each level to milk more money out of its participants and they are proven LIARS ……….. no matter what was originally written or written since …………. just more do, do, do ……. you can defend it all you want …… the truth is coming out …..

        • http://umbraxenu.no-ip.biz/mediawiki/index.php/Main_Page RMycroft

          You really think someone in Int Management at Gold would be an isolated case, operating off-policy? Report to Cramming.

          • John Davis

            We are talking about things that happened a long time ago. There were some crazy senior execs who were very “flexible” with policy – people like Rinder and Rathbun. But, as I say, I’ve been around Scientology since 1970 and I’ve never heard of anyone suggesting that a staff member or Sea Org member have an abortion. I think it’s one isolated incident or one insane person who managed to get on staff for a while – like Rinder and Rathbun.

          • Mark Foster

            If you have been around since 1970, John, then you know that your group pulled off the largest domestic espionage operation against the federal government in US history? Yes? You know that your group has been investigated for fraudulent and abusive criminal behavior by the governments of England, the US, Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada…?
            And this bit about abortions being a result of Rinder´s And Rathburn´s decisions? Nope, they were in OSA; Rinder handled PR, while Rathbun was the IG(Inspector General), so he ¨handled¨ critics and ex-members and journalists and investigators and any others perceived as ¨enemies¨ with the usual impressive array of ¨fair game¨tactics. John, it´s your boy, 4 foot 13 himself, Fleet Admiral Miscavge, who was directly responsible for all policies governing the Sea Org-and Hubbard, of course.
            And there is plenty of documentation to support those assertions, out here in the real world, beyond the confines of the cult kool-aid world.

          • http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-youtube-and-internet-journalism-destroyed-tom-cruise-our-last-real-movie-star-4656549 elle

            Or, John, a liar could be lying. Some people have an evil streak, and some people think they can make big bucks by suing or by being a “witness.” There are affidavits by some ex-members who tried to lie o the stand, got caught, and revealed how the ambulance chasing attorney orchestrated the narrative and wrote the lying documents submitted to the court. One of these was a woman who said the ambulance chaser had a stable of witnesses he could call on to lie. Long fun stories there.

            You will pick up some stalker hecklers here. I have blocked mine. I call them OT’s—Ortega’s Tools 🙂

          • Bob Crouch

            As usual generalities with ZERO evidence. elle standard m. o. for ya!

          • johninokinawa

            Yes, Elle. A lot of insane people around. Sites like this are full of them.

          • http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-youtube-and-internet-journalism-destroyed-tom-cruise-our-last-real-movie-star-4656549 elle

            I see some of them are blocked to me. Parrots from the bunker, stalkers and hecklers. Not an intelligent word among them.

          • Bob Crouch

            And not one word from you, intelligent or otherwise, addressing any of the issues. Sorry but attacking the messengers doesn’t cut it!

          • noplefforatx@yahoo.com

            Mike Rinder and Marty Rathbun were Sea Org executives, they were not on “staff” nor was it a “while.” You are obviously a shill for Scientology and of course you know that Rinder rose to be in charge of OSA Int.RTC and Marty IG RTC.. They didn’t “manage” to get on “Staff” for a while, they worked their way up from the bottom of the Sea Org. Both had pictures in Scientology publications for many years. If they were “insane” they would have fit in well with Scientology dictator David Miscavige.

          • tftillman

            John, we are talking about things happening today.

          • Bob Crouch

            So you’re admitting to the coerced abortions then. You just blame it on imaginary execs who somehow managed to force staff to have abortions–all under the watchful eye of “captain” Miscavige. NOT a very credible scenario. But then again, you have only been “around $cn.” So perhaps, you are NOT informed on these abortions that many have testified to.

            Mesrs Rinder and Rathbun were not people who “managed to get on staff for a while.” Both of them rose through the ranks to top posts, working directly for Miscavige. Both were in the cult for at least 3 decades each! If they were that evil, how did they manage to work in these positions and escape the $cn interrogation and snitching “tech” for so long? Is $cn THAT poorly managed by Miscavige? Is this “tech” so ineffective? Or are you just simply grasping at straws?

          • johninokinawa

            Just seen this reply. One of your good ones, Robert. Full of the usual venom and hate. Just a request. Please don’t get into this cheap changing the letter S into a dollar sign. One gets your message, but it’s so trite.

            Robert you speak to me as if this were some kind of trial. I’m not admitting to anything. I didn’t know that I was being accused. Were there coerced abortions? Beats the merde out of me, Roberto. I didn’t say it WAS an isolated case. I said that I THOUGHT it might be. I don’t know. I wasn’t there. But what I DO KNOW for sure is that there is NO POLICY that this would happen. And I do know that LRH was against abortion as a thing.

            As for the two types you mention. A lot of time has passed since these guys were on staff. Things have changed. In the “Aims of Scientology,” Ron writes, “We may err, as we build a world of broken straws.” Rinder and Rathbun were broken straws of magnitude. It’s not that the tech doesn’t work, but that it wasn’t applied.

            LRH left this incredible legacy of tech about Life, the Mind, the Spirit and practical ways to achieve huge gains in ability and awareness. Don’t confuse people who didn’t use this with lack of effectiveness of the tech. If a driver steps on the accelerator instead of the brake pedal, it’s not the car’s fault there was an accident, is it?

          • Bob Crouch

            Always a pleasure hearing from my good buddy Johnny. Better late than never.

            So you don’t know certain things because you weren’t there. But you DO know that two men who worked for the cult for decades, and rose to top positions, were “broken straws of magnitude?” That they did not apply the “tech?” Odd how you weren’t there but you’re regurgitating the cult’s propaganda without questioning. Odd that the vaunted “tech” never sniffed those two out but kept promoting them to be the little psycho “pope’s” right-hand men, no?

            Thanks for telling me that this sci-fi hack left an “incredible legacy.” He certainly thought so. Too bad that no one outside of the cult thinks so. Why do real scientists laugh about the drugged crazy? Why is there NOT ONE ounce of peer review or other independent corroboration for discoveries so great and unprecedented?

            If his “tech” and self-declared “science of mental” were all that, why did he have to declare them “religion.” Or did he only do that because, in his own words, “one has to found a religion to make millions?” And you wonder why people attach the $ to the “church” of the double-cross!

        • Mark Foster

          John is re-writing history. It WAS policy. There are literally hundreds of ex-Sea Org staff that experienced it first-hand. There are videos on Youtube from ex-Sea Org staff that talk about ENFORCING the policy and also about being subjected to it.
          For those interested, check out the court documents that are available on SCRIBD regarding Laura DeCrescenzo´s forced abortion lawsuit against the Church of Scientology. Tony Ortega has also written extensively about the case on his blog, The Underground Bunker.
          John Davis, if you are a scientologist, know that you have been lied to about this phenomenon. Scientology supposedly helps people to think for themselves, communicate better, and become more literate. If you are a scientologist, i would encourage you to bring all of your critical thinking and research skills to the table and search the internet for the data I refer to. It´s heart-breaking and disgusting, but…true.
          Good luck.

        • Mark Foster

          Actually, the references for Sea Org policy are the voluminous Sea Org policy letters, advices, orders of the day(OOD´s) and other reams of Hubbard´s writing, much of it available on Wikileaks.
          The arbiter and enforcer of all Sea Org policy since Hubbard´s death has been David Miscavge. There are numerous accounts of the existence of a POLICY of forced abortions , as well as the PRACTICE OF SAID, from numerous former male and female Sea Org members, both from those who enforced the policy and from those who were directly affected by it, since Miscavige has been in charge.
          Also,in the documents for the current DeCrescenzo forced abortion case
          against scientology, church attorneys protest that the numerous abuses outlined by her come under the protection of the 1st amendment…They don´t deny them!
          Scientology´s policies are abusive and manipulative, by design, and always have been.

        • noplefforatx@yahoo.com

          Forced abortions in the Sea Org are very common and the stories of women who have suffered that abuse are easily found on the net. Children have not been allowed for Sea Org members for many years and when they were allowed the children were poorly treated, got second rate educations, in some cases no education, and spent almost no time with their parents. Some cases were very bad, Google “Tonya Burden.”

        • tftillman

          There is nothing isolated about it. It is standard policy, Per the biggest SP ever, David Miscavige.

      • Mark Foster

        Amos, here´s the long and short of it regarding scientology and truth, from the founder of the so-called religion:
        “THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN CONTROL PEOPLE IS TO LIE TO THEM. You can write that down in your book in great big letters. The only way you can control anybody is to lie to them.”
        L. Ron Hubbard, “Off the Time Track,” lecture of June 1952, excerpted in JOURNAL OF SCIENTOLOGY, issue 18-G, reprinted in TECHNICAL VOLUMES OF DIANETICS & SCIENTOLOGY, vol. 1, p. 418

      • http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-youtube-and-internet-journalism-destroyed-tom-cruise-our-last-real-movie-star-4656549 elle

        So read the Dianetics book. It has not changed. If it isn’t written, it isn’t true.

        • daytoncapri

          Hi elle, good to see you again. This abortion discussion must be particularly distressing to you, given your past posts about being pro-life.

          I am curious about what you wrote. “So read the Dianetics book. It has not changed. If it isn’t written, it isn’t true.”

          That Dianetics book goes back to when Hubbard was still alive, it also goes back to a time before Scientology was founded.

          Are you maintaining that, in the time since the book was published, the faithful and leaders in Scientology have not strayed from Hubbard’s earlier teachings?

          • http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-youtube-and-internet-journalism-destroyed-tom-cruise-our-last-real-movie-star-4656549 elle

            Read what I wrote to Amos just above you here. LRH restoration project was long arduous. Original materials are in use. Case closed.

          • daytoncapri

            Are you still pro-life, elle?

          • http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-youtube-and-internet-journalism-destroyed-tom-cruise-our-last-real-movie-star-4656549 elle

            I see you are stalking and heckling again. You sneer at and ridicule my position and the position of my religion. You think you are making some point–really just heckling–by telling me that someone I don’t know and who has not taken a polygraph was kidnapped, bound and gagged, was dragged into an abortion clinic and forced to have an abortion decades ago. Then you wave Remini around as some expert. Very weak, very not credible.

          • daytoncapri

            I didn’t make any of those claims elle. Nor do I stalk you, but I might bump into you from time to time. I usually find you to be interesting each time.

            But geesh, how long has it been since we’ve communicated? Six months? A year? Seriousy elle, are you confusing me with someone else?

            In the past, you and I have hadfriendly exchanges, even though we have differences in views. I welcome those.

            Again…You, yourself, have posted pro-life views, am I correct? Or is this the reverse case in which I am confusing you with someone else?

          • Bob Crouch

            Pro-life except where the cult decrees otherwise. Pro-human rights except when the cult commits atrocities. Pro-religion except when it comes to the right to leave Scientology or expose it as a fraud.

            I can’t help but think that even elle is well-intentioned in her own way. Too sad that her cult twists and perverts that beyond recognition!

          • Bob Crouch

            All semicolons fixed. Soon it will be the Golden Age of Tech III. The “tech” will still be a useless joke but they will fix all the commas and force their marks to buy the same junk over again for thousands of dollars.

        • Amos Moses

          Scientologists are required to buy any and all new material ….. the answer is not in what LRH wrote …… it is in what has changed since ……….. and in other materials …….. watch Leah Reminis show ….. it is streaming available ….

          • http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-youtube-and-internet-journalism-destroyed-tom-cruise-our-last-real-movie-star-4656549 elle

            You can buy or not buy, but only the LRH materials are accurate. A decade of listening to what someone else says or writes about it will not instruct you. That includes Remini’s lies to forward her agenda. A huge restoration project took place to ensure original LRH material was published. We were all very happy and relieved about it.

          • Amos Moses

            Sure …. got it ….. if they are not in scientology then they are liars ….. ok ….

          • noplefforatx@yahoo.com

            The restoration project made a lot of money for Scientology. The people who were forced to buy it as part of an ethics cycle or amends project or just plain browbeaten into buying it weren’t so happy. These useless books are filling many an attic and garage, all unread. BTW, Wherever Scientology raises its ugly snout you will find three things: Scandals, Lawsuits and Untimely Deaths. These are the hallmarks or Scientology.

          • Jack99

            Elle was so happy about buying The Basics, again, for the full price, without all the darn semi colons. Plus, probably, a second or third set to donate to libraries, because people are just dying to read that stuff. Lots of members left the church because of The Basics. Not elle though, no siree bob.

          • Bob Crouch

            Speaking of libraries. The irrelevance of Hubbard’s dreck can be easily checked. Go online and see if your library has ANY of his garbage. Despite all those fleecings, aka fundraising, to place this stuff, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any of it. Including his glorious fiction. How can a writer of his alleged stature be so universally ignored?

            Of course, you can buy most of it on eBay for pennies. Unless you’re in the cult. Then you’re forced to shell out thousands of $$$ for what no one else wants!

          • Bob Crouch

            Leah’s lies? Why hasn’t such a litigious cult sued her yet? Or better yet, why haven’t they shown even just ONE of her statements to be untrue? Shouldn’t be that hard if it’s all lies!

    • tftillman

      John Davis, You are 100% misinformed. The abortion policy is very well known.
      You should wake up.

      • http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-youtube-and-internet-journalism-destroyed-tom-cruise-our-last-real-movie-star-4656549 elle

        It is you who is misinformed. Davis isn’t being “informed,” he is reading and listening to the actual original materials whereas you only hear what someone said that some one said. A nun once used to say repeatedly You are only as intelligent as you are able to follow instructions. You have to read the instructions, duplicate them, and follow them to KNOW the tech of anything. I’m surprised you don’t understand that, you being so brilliant and all.

        • Ben Franklin

          “You are only as intelligent as you are able to follow instructions. You have to read the instructions, duplicate them, and follow them to KNOW the tech of anything.”

          Intelligent people use their brains and question if what they are doing is right or wrong, moral or immoral. Stupid people just instructions like robots.

          • http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-youtube-and-internet-journalism-destroyed-tom-cruise-our-last-real-movie-star-4656549 elle

            Next time you need to assemble your IKEA shelving, I suggest you ignore the instructions and just question the shelves. That will work.

          • Ben Franklin

            Life is not a shelf from Ikea

          • Bob Crouch

            Well, people in your cult talk to ashtrays since the mentally ill, drug-addled cult founder told them to. So isn’t it a bit hypocritical to take exception to someone (in your highly contrived example) talking to IKEA shelves?

        • Bob Crouch

          This is all fine. Unless the instructions have been consistently shown to be crap. As they have here!

    • Bob Crouch

      The issue is not whether a “Sea Org member suggested another staff member get an abortion.” The issue is whether SO members were FORCED by their SUPERIORS to have abortions. There is plenty of evidence for that long-standing policy!

  • Martha Bartha

    So Sexy!

  • Martha Bartha

    Forced Abortions? Not a Religion, a God Damn Cult!

  • jlbhouston

    Doesn’t sound like God or the Bible enter into the Scientology belief system. I imagine there will be an enormous power struggle when Mr. Miscavige isn’t around anymore.

  • johninokinawa

    A WORD ABOUT ANTI-SCIENTOLOGISTS

    “Let’s take us for example. We are best friends, and I am a Scientologist and you are not. That’s great. You know, I’m going to be your friend regardless. I want the best for you, you want the best for me. You start every day talking about something that I believe in and you start being disrespectful to my religion, to me you’ve crossed the line. But that’s on any religion. I wouldn’t be disrespectful to any of my friends religion. Or think that they should put up with that. It’s just disrespectful.”

    Leah Rimini – BBC interview 2007

    • Bob Crouch

      Her acclaimed documentary on A&E and her NYT bestselling book put quotes such as that one into context. As everything, it works best when one considers such context. So if you REALLY wanted to know, you would consult those sources.