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Chaldeans Bring Attention to March of Life 2008
By Huda Metti :: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 :: 79178 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.  
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St. George Chaldean Catholic Church
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Pastor: Rev.
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Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Basel Yaldo

Rev. Emanuel Shaleta 
Rev. Emanuel Hana Isho Shaleta was born in the village of Peshabur in northern Iraq. After completing his primary education he applied and was admitted in September 1971, to the illustrious St. John Seminary in Mosul, Iraq. In 1977 Rev. Shaleta was awarded a scholarship to study philosophy and theology in the renowned Urbaniana Pontifical University in Rome. There he obtained a Ph.D. in Biblical Theology. 
The reverends impressive work earned him the honor to be ordained to the priesthood by the hands of Pope John Paul II, in St. Peter Basilica in Rome on May 31, 1984. 
On June 3, 1987, Fr. Shaleta was assigned to serve as pastor for St. Paul Assyrian Chaldean Catholic Church in North Hollywood, California, where he served for just about a decade and a half. 
In December 2000, Fr. Shaleta was called to assist St. Jospeh Catholic Chaldean Church in Troy, Michigan and shortly thereafter was appointed pastor in 2002. Fr. Shaleta’s impressive leadership merited a unanimous appointment as the first pastor of St. George Chaldean Catholic Church, in Shelby Twp. Michigan, billed as the largest Chaldean church in the world. Fr. Shaleta continues to this day to impressively lead the faithful and offer wonderful opportunities and service to the community. 
Rev. Basel Yaldo
Rev. Basel Yaldo was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1970. Rev. Yaldo graduated from the National Teachers College in Iraq in 1989 and was drafted in the army in 1990. In 1993, he was honorably discharged for his service. A year later Rev. Yaldo was admitted to Babel College in Baghdad to study philosophy and theology. There Fr. Yaldo, received a scholarship to study in Rome at Urban College, where he completed his bachelor’s degree in theology in 2001. 
On November 23, 2002, Fr. Yaldo was ordained a priest by His Excellency Bishop Ibrahim N. Ibrahim, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Thomas the Apostle for the Chaldeans. Fr. Yaldo continued his studies whereby he completed a masters degree in Dogmatic Theology with a focus on Marian studies from Urban College in 2003. 
The following year he was appointed assistant director of the seminary in the Dora district of Baghdad, and taught Dogmatic Theology at Babel College. His commanding leadership and steadfast skills earned him the secretarial appointment to Patriarch Emanuel III Delly. Upon completion of his duties as patriarchal secretary, Fr. Yaldo was nominated and selected as assistant pastor to St. George Chaldean Catholic Church Shelby Township, Michigan.