The following article was written by Aaron Saxton, a former member of Scientology management. Abortion is obviously an emotionally-charged subject, and I happen to disagree with Aaron’s viewpoint; I am pro-choice. But the thing I respect and admire most about Aaron – and the reason I am willing to post his writing here – is that he has always been brutally honest about the things he did in Scientology. I believe he does this is because it is important to him (as it is to me) that outsiders understand the true nature of Scientology, and that making people understand is more important than making himself look good. He sees the bigger picture.
I have chosen to post Aaron’s opinions just as he wrote them. If you are strongly pro-choice, you may find some of what he says objectionable. Please understand that Aaron’s purpose in writing this – and my purpose in posting it – is to explain the issue of abortion in the Sea Org. The issue here is not whether abortion is right or wrong; it is that someone could not only completely compromise his personal morals and ethics, but convince others to do the same, and both with alarming ease. It is an illustration of just how strong a grip Scientology has on the minds of its followers, and it presents clear evidence that, despite what the Independents may say, abortions in the Sea Org are not merely the will of David Miscavige, but in fact a belief that is inherent in Scientology.
Thank you in advance for reading with an open mind. — Caliwog
The topic of abortions in the Sea Org is a touchy subject.
It is more about the viewpoint held on children vs. the needs of the world, more so than the topic of abortions itself. In this society and others, the subject raises emotions that cause riots, fighting and even murder. The subject of abortion will be up for debate for many years. Is it murder? Does the fetus have a right to live? We are all entitled to our own opinions on such.
However, in the Sea Organization (SO) a much more insidious approach is not used, but installed by L. Ron Hubbard even before the person has become pregnant. LRH ran the SO in the early years for over 15 years, and for a man who “loved children” he sure saw to it that raising them in the SO was so terrible, no one would want one. Or is there even more evil to it than first can be seen?
If you, the reader, for example were to learn that your unborn child would be born with a severe disability, and probably have a poor life ahead of them, not to mention your inability to raise them to their full potential, would you consider abortion? It certainly is a different thought process you run through, isn’t it, than if you knew your child was going to be born and become the President. So mindset is everything when making a decision. Sometimes theft is survival, other times it is petty. Sometimes killing is defense, and other times it is plain murder. Circumstances. So let us look at SO circumstance.
In the Sea Org I ordered abortions from women as young as 14 years of age.
The rationale behind it was based on a set of logic principles that the reader will have to adjust to in order to understand it. To this day, I am somewhat quiet on the subject of abortions. I have always, my whole life, been against abortion, yet I was prepared to order it and enforce it, without orders from others. In a relationship outside of the SO I was asked by a woman I got pregnant to attend an abortion. The hoses, the dead fetus thrown in the bin was a horrible experience for me – for her it was life changing. It opened my eyes, but I never allowed the emotion of that incident to cloud my judgment about what I had done, and why I did it.
LRH management terminals* since the early days of the SO (60’s) have done the same, women and men.
(* Terminal: L. Ron Hubbard’s word for a person who does a job. Note the dehumanization inherent in the term. — Caliwog)
It is going to be important to instill in the reader another viewpoint, one which is hard to adjust to because you are probably a sane, rational person. Sea Org members who ask for abortions, and those that carry out abortions (i.e. the staff and the pregnant women and their inevitable spouses) often abort, or direct another to have an abortion (as LRH did and others since) for another reason.
One has to imagine the following set of circumstances and BELIEVE with all your heart and mind, that the following is 100% true:
- The world is going to run itself into the ground in a few years because of evil people.
- People have been around for 74 quadrillion years and we are nearing the end of the swindling spiral, meaning redemption and salvation is near impossible.
- There is no other technology that can free the mind of man other than LRH technology.
- That the only group capable of performing the impossible task of clearing Earth and the other millions of planets is the Sea Org.
- At this precise moment Scientology is in danger of being shut down, and if that happens, man will lose his last chance ever at salvation.
- Death and forgoing this life is no big deal. If you’re going to come back again and again, you can “do other things in other lifetimes” and THIS lifetime is the FIRST lifetime you have ever had a chance to HELP mankind.
These are laughable, however these are the very factors one must envelop themselves in, if they are to understand what it means to be in the Sea Org. Imagine for a moment that Hitler had won and that the majority of Earth was under the third Reich. And imagine for a moment there was a group that could possibly stop it, and they required your immediate support. Would you abandon them to have a child if “just another 10 years” would make the difference?
Cults often use “Time emergency” as a factor. There is always a judgment day, always an end date. LRH set it for 2000, although that Flag Order is not quoted much anymore. It is a common technique in all cults to install a time restriction where in the individual feels that there is a limited amount of time. This means the person has no time to think, or act, or live a normal life – all activities must be directed towards the goals of the Cult in order to see its success. The individual does this to ensure their own success and also the success of future generations.
Through this mindset we will now add more factors:
- You are in the Sea Org.
- You work from 9am until at least 11pm every single day. There are no holidays. There is no difference between Sunday and Thursday, or this year and next year.
- You live with the people you work with. Life is work, there is no free time. “Home” means a bed, plain and simple.
- When you join the Sea Org, you know, agree and accept that you are doing it because dedication above and beyond other humans is required. As part of this, you accept to forgo all freedoms. You agree that your hobbies, your family, music, TV, parks, holidays, trips, indeed all things in life are forgone in order to accomplish the goals of the Sea Org.
- You find it easy to not be very human, and a child is something you will have to attend to when for years you have attended to nothing but your group. You haven’t cooked in 20 years, you haven’t driven a car in 20 years, had an ATM card, a cheque book, shopped for food, you haven’t been around children, studied nothing about them, haven’t gone t school in 20 years – what the hell do you know about children?
Now add children to the equation.
They do not work. It is natural, as it is genetic, that a woman yearns to be a mother. And it is natural that a man wishes to see their partner or any number of partners have children. It is not a conscious decision, although in current society we are asked to make it a conscious decision. Our genetic makeup means we have no say in the matter.
We do however have a say in our conscious choices to avoid situations that threaten our survival.
If you are of the belief as stated above, then anything that detracts from this, is of course, contra-survival. And evil. The same reason you do not go off and spend time with your family is the same reason why you do not want to have children – they are distractions. And expensive.
Abortions in the Sea Org are often the choices those individuals make. More hurtful however, is that often it is just one of the partners who desires the abortion, while the other partner desires the child. The problem is that having a child means leaving the Sea Org, at least for a few years, and with that comes feelings of guilt that one is letting down the team. Remember the mindset here – review the above points and you will see how this can happen. There is no difference in routing out* of the SO and having a child if it means your abandoning your team. Remember, it is a time emergency, there is no time left for Earth and you going off to have family is off-purpose.
(* Routing out: Following the correct procedure to leave, as opposed to “blowing,” which means leaving suddenly without following procedure. — Caliwog)
Because of this, we can see how easy it is to get an abortion.
But sometimes, the abortion is not desired, and both parties will desire the child’s birth. They know that it can’t be good for the group if they go, but they want the child – this is where survival (as correctly established by evolution) takes over and provides a driving force in the person. These people are hurt the most.
However, from a SO point of view with the task at hand for civilization, it is better for mankind to have the child killed. They do not need a policy on abortion – just on what is best for mankind.
This was my rational when asking such persons to do exactly this. “Consider the greatest good for the greatest number” and within that statement one must consider what LRH stated about the condition of Earth and man’s chance without Scientology.
As far as children go, one can see how Scientologists treat their children. See Marty Rathbun’s blog on Karen, Heber Jentzsch’s ex-wife. She discusses her Child being in the SO at the age of 10 – yet what was she doing allowing this to happen?
Simply put, she considered it the greatest good for her child, herself and mankind. Now she has found an out – although it makes no sense to blame the SO, when she put her kid there in the first place! Blame and finger pointing is a favorite pastime of independent Scientologists as it gives them someone and something to blame for their stupidity.
If we disassemble the lies in Scientology and we see that Scientology is no solution for mankind, nor is its technology of any real benefit, we would not have people considering abortions. For the public Scientologist it is hard to understand why SO members would have abortions – although they can clearly see members for 25 years not having children – but say nothing. They too are under the spell that Scientology must be preserved at all costs and they are totally aware that without the SO, Scientology would have already been banned and thrown away many years ago.
To understand abortions, you must understand cults. Remember, a lot of Scientologists blow $200,000 on Scientology and will not even pay for their own children to go to worthless universities. Their logic has been warped by using an equation that can sometimes get the right answer, but for the purposes of Scientology, always gets the right answer to screw them up a little more.
Without understanding the commitments that SO members face, you could never really understand this issue. While others will say it is from management, I must disagree. I never receive orders to ask anyone to have an abortion, ever. I instigated the action on my own cognition as do many SO members – it is based on the LRH formula “Greatest good for the greatest number” which does not have to include human qualities, human emotions, morality or the well being of any individual above and beyond a mere mathematical calculation.
Such a formula then compared with LRH data on where we are – take for example RJ67* – and we see the choice is clear: Give all to Scientology, and if you don’t, you are a namby pamby… as in Keeping Scientology Working Series One**. Even Scientology’s biggest follower Tim Cruise said as much in his video – you are either in all the way, or you are out.
(* RJ67: Ron’s Journal 67, a taped lecture in which LRH talks about the discovery of OT III (the Xenu story). You can download RJ67 from this Wikileaks page. — Caliwog)
(** Keeping Scientology Working (KSW): LRH policy basically saying that Scientology is the only truth. Perhaps the most important policy in Scientology. You can read it here. — Caliwog)
In the SO this is even more cut and dried.
While I feel for those who have had abortions, I can assure you none were tied down or given drugs to force them. They were brainwashed BEFORE they were pregnant, and all they had to do was be shown the LRH policies in order to make their decision final.
I never forced anyone to abort – I showed them the LRH references**. And there has never been a Knowledge Report* on me or anyone else for asking for an abortion (and if there are, they are far and few) because at the end of the day all you have to do is show someone specific LRH references and you can make them consider murder is acceptable.
(* Knowledge Report: A report submitted to Ethics about off-policy acts. Scientologists are encouraged to tattle on each other with KRs. — Caliwog)
(** I wanted to ad my $0.02 on this, because it’s an important point. Scientology teaches that “What’s true for you is true.” However, notice that all that Aaron had to do was show the LRH policies and people would make the desired decision. “What’s true for you” implies that if you don’t believe in abortion, you shouldn’t have one – yet look at the results Aaron got. That’s what Scientology does – what’s true for LRH is true for you. — Caliwog)
If you can convince people to give up their lives, give up their families, money, give up being part of a civilized society, what would make you think it would be hard to make them kill a child?
Nothing. As plenty of affidavits have shown.
And the biggest thing that upsets these people is not that they were asked to abort, but that they agreed and on some level saw it as the right thing to do. They killed their own children. And to that I say, they must learn to forgive themselves and move on.
Not everything can be healed by finger pointing or an auditing session.
Humans make bad choices and live to not make them again. That is pain, it is real and it is human. I am glad that at least they can cry about those lost children, because some in the SO who had an abortion never shed a tear.
And that is the truly terrifying thing.
Aaron Saxton, July 2010