MAURICE RIVENABRK | Times
The weekly visit. Most Fridays, full-time mom Laura Dieckman takes 3-year-old Kylie and 2-year-old Tristan to her mother and father's house. They all go out for breakfast and come back to the house and hang out. Here she and Tristan play in her mother's dining room.

Laura Dieckman

Age: 31
Joined Sea Org: at age 12, in 1991; left in 2004
Married: at age 16
Abortion: in 1996
Today: Lives in Albuquerque with father of their 3-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son. She is a stay-at-home mom.

"It became like I didn't have a choice anymore. I didn't know how extensive the pressure or coercion would be. I knew there were people who had gotten abortions. But I didn't know how much pressure there was. I hadn't seen it first hand, at that point."

BY JOE CHILDS and THOMAS C. TOBIN, Times Staff Writers

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