American Sisters and the Presidents

2017-10-02 L’Osservatore Romano

It is not just a question of politics but of life itself, something that also involves commitment, suffering, the sweat of the brow and of the heart: 7,150 Catholic Sisters, who daily accompany the sick, listen to under-age mothers, the elderly and immigrants, teach in schools and fight beside drug addicts, have put pen to paper to sign a common document. Officially sent to all the senators of the United States, the document contests the law desired by President Trump because of the dramatic effects it will end up having on families. Citing Pope Francis (“Health, indeed, is not a consumer good, but a universal right which means that access to healthcare services cannot be a privilege”), the Sisters wrote that doing away with medical assistance is not a pro-life position. After interventions by experts (and non-experts) of every political alignment and religion who demonstrated that in the coming decade 22 million Americans will no longer have the money to pay for their health insurance without Obamacare, another spur to a (perhaps) definitive rejection came from these religious, living witnesses of the difficulties that America is going through today and will go on experiencing in the future.