Scientology's Control

Scientology's religious order, Sea Organization, has been accused by its female members of forcing them to have abortions, the reason being that children make the women unproductive.

Scientology's religious order, Sea Organization, has been accused by its female members of forcing them to have abortions, the reason being that children make the women unproductive. "More than a dozen women said the culture in the Sea Org pushed them or women they knew to have abortions, in many cases, abortions they did not want. Some said colleagues and supervisors pressured them to abort their pregnancies and remain productive workers without the distraction of raising children. Terminating a pregnancy and staying on the job affirmed one's commitment to the all-important work of saving the planet. 'You just have a way of thinking,'' said Sunny Pereira, who was 15 when she entered the order. 'It all has to do with the Sea Org and what we're trying to accomplish. Everything that is a distraction is scorned.'"

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