First, she fought the Sea Org just to give birth to her daughter. then, years later, she fought the Sea Org to get her back.

Natalie Hagemo

Age: 39
Sea Org: Joined at age 17, in 1988; left in 1993
Married: age 17
Remarried: age 27
Today: Lives with husband and three children in Excelsior, Minn. Works as a columnist for two local publications and does volunteer work. Stayed a Scientology parishioner until 2009.

"I had friends that wouldn't eat with me any more. You're an outcast because (getting pregnant) was horrible and the fact that you would go through with the pregnancy is unacceptable."

Shelby LaFreniere

Age: 19
Sea Org: Joined at age 14, in 2004; left three weeks later.
Today: Works for a property management company, plans to attend Normandale Community College in the fall. Lives in Excelsior, Minn. Born into Scientology, she left the church in 2009.

"I kept telling them over and over again: 'I just want to leave, I want to go home." ... They made it seem like I had to be there; there was no way I was going to leave."

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

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