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Chaldeans Bring Attention to March of Life 2008
By Huda Metti :: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 :: 65050 Views :: Health & Fitness, Religion & Spirituality, Government & Society, Chaldean Justice League, ECRC

Rena Oram considers herself a modern day abolitionist.  “The stain on world history to enslave other humans is deplorable.  It took abolitionist to convince the world that every human life has value. Today, we are called ‘aborlitionists.’   We are modern day abolitionists that work to convince the world that babies in the womb also have the right of life and freedom.”

Oram helped organize a student group that traveled to Washing D.C. for the annual March for Life.  The Chaldean activist was joined by hundreds of thousands of other young adults from across the country. 

The Annual March for Life draws attention to the millions killed due to the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision to legalize abortion in the case of Roe v. Wade.  Although nearly half a million gathered to protest the effects of the Court’s decision on the rights of the unborn, the march receive little coverage in mainstream media. 

“The media won’t cover our march because they foolishly believe this is a privacy or woman’s choice issue.  It is not.  A baby is a natural consequence to a choice that has already been made.  It drives me crazy that people just won’t accept personal responsibility for their behavior,” says Oram. 

Michigan has been a hot-bed in the ongoing struggle to end infanticide.  Recently Students for Life of America secretly captured a speech by abortion provider Dr. Alberto Hodari on Wayne State University’s campus where the doctor claims doctors of have a license to lie to a patient to perform the necessary procedures. 

Dr. Hodari is being investigated for a 2004 charge of killing patient Tamia Russel after performing an abortion on a 6 month fetus.

A speech by abortion provider Dr. Alberto Hodari, captured on video and posted on YouTube and the Students for Life of America Web site, has put the controversial physician in the spotlight once more.

In 2004, a 15-year-old girl, Tamia Russell, died the day after getting an abortion at Hodari's Detroit clinic, WomanCare. The medical examiner called the infection that killed Russell, who was six months pregnant, a "normal" post-abortion condition. In 2007, Hodari spoke to the media about the "dangers" of banning partial-birth abortion.

The clinic reported Russell claimed to be 19 and was brought to the clinic by her 24-year-old boyfriend's sister. The parents were not notified - a legal requirement in Michigan for underage girls seeking an abortion.

To view Hodari's complete speech, click here

"It was terrifying to see a medical professional with so little regard for human life," Joanie Barrett, a founding member of Students for Life of America at Wayne State.  "He said he never feels bad or guilty about his work, which includes performing abortions on viable babies, babies who are old enough to live outside the womb."  Barrett said she is disappointed that knee surgery prevented her from joining the largest gathering of Students for Life in America to date. 

The March for Life takes place in the third weekend of January, beginning at 7th St. and Madison, N.W. in Washington, D.C. 

Chaldeans have long been involved in the battle to protect the unborn.  Mar Addai church in Oak Park, Michigan has been leading the effort to education the Chaldean community about abortion.  Following their lead, the Chaldean Justice League has been working to host debates, essay contests, video productions, and educational programs for the community.  Eastern Catholic Re-Evangelization Center (ECRC) has organized prayer picketing sessions and special sessions in the theology relating to abortions.

“The abolition movement was successful because it was able to get people involved.  We can not do this alone.  Like slavery we are fighting big corporations like Planned Parenthood that give tens of millions to politicians and political groups to keep abortion legal.  Just like the slave traders,” says Oram.   “We need more Chaldeans to get involved.  Anyone can easily get involved.  They can write editorials, leave comments on blogs, write to politicians, newspapers, radios, or television shows to tell the truth about abortion.  Chaldeans can boycott businesses that support abortion and help spread the truth about babies being killed out of convenience.”

Pro-life advocates often complain that the media distorts or ignores the truth about abortion.  The lack of attention given to the March of Life by major media outlets is sited as an example.  Ignoring the concern of such a large group has forced pro-lifers to turn to the internet to share information, produce videos, and music exposing the truth about abortion.

Some of the leading videos include a sonogram called the silent scream.  The video shows an abortion procedure being conducted.  During the procedure the baby fights to stay alive.  Losing the battle as a suction knife begins to tear the baby apart it withers in pain and reels back kicking and fighting.  The baby's face contorts and produces what many doctors consider to be a scream for help.  

The video has caused controversy on as the clip continues to be added and removed based on user complaints.  
Mar Addai Church, MI USA

Mar Addai Chaldean Catholic Church
24010 Coolidge Hwy.
Oak Park, MI 48237
Tel: (248) 547-4648
Fax: (248) 399-9089

Congregation Organizer:
Rev. Michael J. Bazzi

Church Founding Pastor:
Rev. Stephen Kallabat

Current Pastor:
Rev. Stephan Kallabat

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Fadi Habib Khalaf

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Sulemina Denha


Rev. Stephen Kallabat

Fr. Stephan Kallabat was born in Telkaif, Iraq.  After completing seven years of scholarly work for the priesthood in Mosul, Iraq Fr. Kallabat was accepted at the prestigious university in Rome.  There he spent six additional years of scholarly work in the areas of philosophy and theology and an additional four years in scriptural studies. 

Ordained a priest in 1966 by Pope Paul VI he returned to Iraq to serve the Holy Family parish until his departure to Michigan, U.S. in 1979 to serve the growing population of Chaldeans.  Fr. Kallabat was appointed assistant pastor, then pastor of Mar Addai Parish in Oak Park, Michigan. 

Hitting the ground running, Fr. Kallabat is credited with raising the necessary funds to provide Chaldeans in the local area a church and community center of their own.  Fr. Kallabat continues to serve the parish and Chaldean community as their pastor.   

Rev. Fadi Habib Khalaf

Fr. Fadi Habib Khalaf was born in Baghdad May 10, 1974.  Fr. Khalaf graduated from Baghdad University in 1997 and soon after joined the Chaldean seminary in Baghdad.  While there Fr. Khalaf earned a scholarship to attend the Urbanian Pontifical University in Rome.  There he earned another bachelor’s degree in theology and was ordained deacon in Rome on May 8, 2004. 

Fr. Khalaf then returned to Baghdad where he was officially ordained as a priest.  Afterward Fr. Khalaf returned to Rome to further his studies.  In 2006 Fr. Khalaf was appointed to serve Chaldeans in the United States.  

In the summer of 2006 he arrived to the Chaldean diocese of St. Thomas the Apostle and was cardinated into the Diocese and elected to serve at Mar Addai parish on March 15, 2007 as the Parochial Vicar.

Rev. Suleiman Denha

Rev. Suleiman Denha was born in Telkaif, Iraq.  He began his priestly studies in 1951 in Mosul, Iraq and was ordained in 1959.  Fr. Denha taught in Telkaif until 1961, when he was appointed pastor in Basra, Iraq in 1966. 

After immigrating to the Unite States in 1979, he was appointed to serve the Chaldean community in Virginia.  A year later, Fr. Denha was recruited to assist the much larger population of Chaldeans in Detroit. 

Upon his arrival Fr. Denha assisted Fr. Yasso at Sacred Heart Church.  In 1982 he was asked to temporally assist St. Joseph Church in Troy, returning a year later Sacred Heart. 

In 1991, he was appointed to Mar Addai Church in Oak Park, Michigan as the Parochial Vicar, where he still serves the community today.