It has long been a practice in the Sea Org to pressure Pregnant SO women to have abortions. This came about as a result of the child care scene in Pac being a flappy area, with repeated Hill 10s on staffing, cleanliness, health inspections etc. It just never ran smoothly, primarily due to children being a low priority......typical Sea Org attitude. After one particularly crazy incident in the late 80's, with a CMO Pac messenger trying to get their LRH compliances stat up by trying to renovate an entire apartment block and move every family that had children in Pac plus the cadet org into this building in the same week it was being renovated, starting with the cadets, and all the parents ordered to move in Wed night. Well the resultant chaos flapped all the way to God, and a week or so later we had the first version of the SO "no babies" rule.
On paper, this rule moved all SO parents with children under 6 into Class IV orgs till their kids were bigger. In application, it created a new ethics offence. That of letting your 2nd dynamic cut across SO production. People who dared to get pregnant were subjected to lower conditions, harrassment and enormous pressure to have abortions. Some resisted and left the SO, usually not allowed to go until days before the birth, then sent to a very small downstat org with no money. Those that didn't resist would have the abortion. This became commonplace.
As anyone who has had an abortion, or been close to someone who has had an abortion, or audited someone who has had an abortion knows, the emotional trauma it causes is immense. IMO, it is also a totally unreasonable request for a church to demand of its parishoners, or an employer to demand of its employees.
Is there anyone on this board who has a personal story to tell about coerced abortion in the SO, or is a direct witness to these abortions? Particularly in Australia, where the action seems to be at the moment.