While Wednesday might be Hump Day, President Donald Trump certainly hasn't been a slouch in the White House, with a flurry of executive order after executive order flying from his desk since taking office less than a week ago. There have been 10 executive orders signed by Trump so far, with two more executive actions focused on immigration and his infamous Mexico border wall signed Wednesday afternoon. There's no denying that these executive orders have the power to impact millions of people, but believe it or not, pregnant women will be hurt by them, too. Here's
how Trump's executive orders will affect pregnant women — and some of them are quite surprising.
It's important to note that I'm not solely considering how
Trump's executive orders will affect pregnant women in the United States — some of Trump's executive orders will affect women around the world, such as the reinstatement of the Mexico City policy. Others, like the approval of both the Dakota Access and Keystone Pipelines will affect pregnant women in ways that might not immediately come to mind when you first think about it — which is exactly why I've taken this deeper dive into the myriad ways that Trump's policies will hurt pregnant women, while not specifically taking aim at them. Repealing The Affordable Care Act MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images Reinstating The Global Gag Rule Instituting A Federal Hiring Freeze
federal hiring freeze doesn't sound like something that could affect pregnant women, it absolutely can. Trump's executive order putting a federal hiring freeze in place is devastating news to veterans, who made up almost 44 percent of full-time federal hires in 2015. If you're the pregnant spouse or partner of a veteran returning home looking for work, this federal hiring freeze will make it that much more difficult for vets to find jobs — thus putting more financial burdens on growing families. Greenlighting The Dakota Access & Keystone Oil Pipelines Scott Olson/Getty Images News/Getty Images Building A Wall Along the U.S.-Mexico Border GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images
Trump's infamous Mexican border wall does not pose merely some figurative barrier for pregnant women in Mexico: It could be a very real deterrent for
Mexican women seeking safer abortions in the United States, a trend that's been noted for more than a decade at clinics in San Diego, California. Banning Refugees From Muslim Countries KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images
Trump has signed an executive order
temporarily banning refugees from Syria and six other countries in the Middle East and Africa, according to Reuters. Pregnant women from these countries seeking refuge in the United States from totalitarian and oppressive regimes will have to flee elsewhere. Denying Federal Grants To Sanctuary Cities
Trump has squarely taken aim at
punishing sanctuary cities — cities that protect undocumented immigrants from deportation by making it more difficult to work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. On Wednesday, Trump signed an executive order denying federal funds to sanctuary cities. If there's one thing low-income pregnant women who happen to live in a sanctuary city don't need, it's less federal funding that could aid programs to help them.