With the incessant string of government policies that have been proposed and enacted over the past month, it's important to remember laws aren't just documents promoting abstract principles. When the law changes, the lives of people living under it change. As such, there are many ways the law affects our mental health and our physical health — and it's well worth considering them before making or voting on legislation and policy decisions.
The people most affected by government decisions are often among the most vulnerable populations, like women, LGBTQ people, racial minorities, low income people, and people with disabilities. The rights of these citizens are disproportionately in danger, and they also have less recourse if a law that endangers them is passed. You can't just up and move to Canada, after all, if your survival depends on a job based on the United States or you have people here to take care of.