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Susan Jajou Celebrates a Culture of Life Victory But Says The Momentum Must Continue
By Ann Bahri :: Wednesday, April 18, 2007 :: 113098 Views :: Article Rating :: Law & Order, Government & Society

Washington DC, USA –  Chaldeans overwhelming applaud America’s Supreme Court's majority who has upheld the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 that president Bush singed into law.  Chaldean activists continue to fight hard alongside others throughout the world to stop the killing of babies.  “Over 95% of abortions are performed out of social convenience.  It is sad that the ignorant among us are being manipulated into killing their babies.  We are the abolitionists of our time.  We must protect the weak and innocent and stop those who believe these babies are not human,” says UCLA’s Right to Life student leader Susan Jajou.

The 5-4 decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy has the Culture of Life groups cheering.   Reacting to the ruling, Bush said that it affirms the progress his administration has made to defend the "sanctity of life."  Bush added, "I am pleased that the Supreme Court has upheld a law that prohibits the abhorrent procedure of partial birth abortion," he said. "Today's decision affirms that the Constitution does not stand in the way of the people's representatives enacting laws reflecting the compassion and humanity of America."

America’s leaders are applauding the Supreme Court’s decision.  "I applaud the Court for its ruling today, and my hope is that it sets the stage for further progress in the fight to ensure our nation's laws respect the sanctity of unborn human life," said Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, Republican leader in the House of Representatives.

Jay Sekulow, a prominent abortion opponent who is chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, said, "This is the most monumental win on the abortion issue that we have ever had."

Abortion corporations such as Planned Parenthood have released a dramatic flurry of press releases and comments expressing their frustration.  Planned Parenthood's founder, Margaret Sanger remains controversial over her prejudicial stance against African Americans and her plan of eugenics and segregation. 

“Dubbed "Abortion Central" by the Wall Street Journal, Planned Parenthood seeks to increase its share of the lucrative abortion market and sees this recent ruling as a threat to their money stream,” says Jajou.  “They (Planned Parenthood) admits to killing over 250,000 babies in 2006, making nearly a $100 million dollars.  Women in desperation come to them and are fooled into having expensive and dangerous abortions.  Less than 1% are ever referred to adoption agencies.”

The Chaldean student leader who prefers to consider herself as an abolitionist has helped gather petition signatures, contributed money, written responses to newspapers, radio, and television, helped organize boycotts against businesses supporting Planned Parenthood, and organize groups to be just involved as I am.  “This is our defining moment in history.  Just as slavery was definitive moral crisis of America’s pas history, this is ours.  We have to fight abortion with as much zeal as the abolitionist of the past that fought another gravely immoral act – slavery.”

When asked why she is so passionate she replies, “I have educated my friends and family members about the truth.  There is so much evil in the world and abortion is one of the worse.  When my father talks about the death toll in Iraq I tell him it is very sad and if he could do something he should.  Since we are no longer in Iraq, I urge him to join me in helping those that are being slaughtered in America.  If we lose this battle of defending the most vulnerable and innocent of humanity the world will spin out of control and the ugliness we now will pale in comparison to what will follow.”

More than 1 million are killed each year in the United State, according to recent statistics. The procedure banned by the Federal courts involves partially removing the baby from a woman's uterus, then crushing or cutting its skull until the baby is dead.  Abortion opponents say the law will not reduce the number of abortions performed because an alternate method — killing the fetus in the uterus — is available and, indeed, much more common.

The Republican-controlled Congress responded in 2003 by passing a federal law that asserted the procedure is gruesome, inhumane and never medically necessary to preserve a woman's health. That statement was designed to overcome the health exception to restrictions that the court has demanded in abortion cases.

But federal judges in liberally controlled California, Nebraska and New York said the law was unconstitutional, and three appellate courts agreed. The Supreme Court accepted appeals from California and Nebraska, setting up Wednesday's ruling.

Those opposing the ruling are alleging that a woman’s health is at risk because of the ruling.  Although the upheld law allows the procedure to be performed when a woman's life is in jeopardy, Justice Kennedy said the court could entertain a challenge if some doctor feels otherwise and found it necessary to only perform this procedure on a patient suffering certain medical complications.

Jajou says this is only the beginning and that those who oppose attacks on babies and children need to remain vigilant.  “We can not slow down the momentum to end this sort of abuse.  We have to continue putting pressure on our local, state, and federal politicians.  We have to get the truth out to everyone and show the horror of abortion.  We have to cut funding to all those who support abortion.  Like the abolitionist of our past we have to fight just as hard, be just as organized, and just as committee – our future is at stake.”

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St. Thomas, MI USA

St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Church
6900 Maple Rd.
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Tel: (248) 788-2460
Fax: (248) 788-2153

Founding Pastor:
Rev. Hanna Cheikho

Current Pastor:
Rev. Frank Kalabat

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Jirjis Abrahim

Rev. Emmanuel Rayes, Retired  

Rev. Frank Kalabat

Rev. Frank Kalabat was born in 1970 in San Diego, California and entered St. Francis Seminary of San Diego, California.  The admission to the Catholic seminary made him the first born U.S. Chaldean to enter an American seminary.  In 1992, Fr. Kalabat continued his studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.  In July 1995, shortly after graduation he was ordained as priest by His Excellency Bishop Ibrahim N. Ibrahim.  

Fr. Frank chose Mother of God Parish in Southfield, MI. as his first assignment serving the Chaldean community as an associate pastor for half a decade.  In 2001, Fr. Kalabat was elected to serve as Pastor of St. Tomas Parish in West Bloomfield, Michigan where he remains today.   

Rev. Jirjis Abrahim

Rev. Jirjis Abrahim was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1942. Upon graduation Fr. Abrahim was admitted to St. Peter Chaldean Seminary in Baghdad, Iraq.  After a decade of studies and numerous degrees, Fr. Abrhim was ordained a priest in 1967.  He chose to continue ministering in Baghdad, Iraq.  There he was appointed the headmaster of the catechism at Mother of Sorrows Cathedral.  Fr. Abrahim also assisted St. Therese Church in Baghdad until 1978.  Afterward he was asked to assist St. Joseph Church in Baghdad and was appointed Parochial Vicar from 1978-1992. 

In 1992, Fr. Abrahim was called upon to assist the growing Chaldean population in Michigan.  Upon his arrival he was assigned to St. Joseph Church in Tory, Michigan.  Two years later Fr. Abrahim was asked to become the pastor of a Parish community in Windsor, Canada  where he remained the parish pastor until 2001.

Continuing demographic changes in Michigan required Fr. Abrahim to return to St. Joseph Parish in Tory as a Parochial Vicar, where he remained until 2006.  In 2006 he was elected to St. Thomas Parish as Parochial Vicar in West Bloomfield, MI. where he currently serves the Chaldean community.


Rev. Emmanuel Rayes

Rev. Emmanuel Rays was born in Araden, Iraq in 1930.  He studied at St. John Dominican Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in 1954.  The Chaldean catholic ambassador ministered in northern Iraq from 1954-1963, in Syria and Lebanon from 1963-1980, and in the United Stated from 1980 to the present day.
Form 1980-1983, he was appointed associate pastor at Mother of God Parish in Southfield, Michigan.  From 1983-1989 he served as pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit, Michigan.  During the early 1990’s he ministered to the Chaldean community in Farmington Hills and was at St. Joseph Parish in Tory where he was Parochial Vicar until 2000.

Although Fr. Rayes retired in 2001, he remains active in serving the community.  He is the author of many articles in Arabic and is the editor-in-chief of the Al Mishal and Al-Tariq magazine.  He has translated and continues to translate many books from French and English into Arabic.