Taken from “ABC News” (Austrailia) March 18, 2010:
A woman who claims she was pressured by Scientologists to have two abortions has urged the Prime Minister to support an inquiry into the church.
Janette Lang was a member of the Church of Scientology for 13 years from when she was 20 years old.
She says she has been damaged by her involvement with the church and some years worked for a pay of just $2,000.
Speaking at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday, Ms Lang says she was pressured to have two abortions or risk being cut off from the church.
“On the day I had the [first] abortion I asked not to be fully sedated just in case I got the courage to say no and pull out of the operation,” she said.
The Government and Opposition have refused to support a Senate inquiry into the church but Ms Lang has urged Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Tony Abbott to allow it to go ahead.
“I say to Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott please don’t make us suffer in silence,” she said.
“I’m speaking out today because the time has come for victims of Scientology to be heard.”
Ms Lang said she had never told many of her family and friends about what she had been through while a member of the church, but she does not fear retribution.
To read the rest of the story go here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2010-03-17/ex-scientologist-pressured-to-have-abortions/368814
Here is a related story from the same news serice, March 2010. “Scientology insider’s nightmare childhood.”
A former Scientologist who says she was a “child slave” and alleges she saw a six-year-old boy chained up in a ship’s hold is disappointed the Senate has blocked a full inquiry into the religious organisation.
Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has been calling for a full inquiry into the church since revealing claims of forced abortions and other abuses in Parliament last year.
Keryn, 54, grew up in the church and has asked the ABC to identify her only by her first name.
She says she was a victim of “hard labour, mental brutality and separation” on Scientology ships, which were used for the Church’s elite band of followers in the 1960s to 1970s. She is angry the motion for a Scientology probe has been blocked in Parliament.
“Australia is an egalitarian society; Scientology is not egalitarian,” she told ABC News Online.
“There is no protection for workers and no protection for children. It’s the push for the inquiry that has brought me out of the woodwork.”
Keryn says her mother was a founding member of the church and went on to become the CEO of Scientology in South Africa.
“It should be banned; it’s a very dangerous pseudo-religion and corporate enterprise, and it really needs to be looked at very closely,” she said.
For the rest of the story go here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2010-03-12/scientology-insiders-nightmare-childhood/362772