ABOUT ERIKA

Erika Bachiochi is a Visiting Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, specializing in Equal Protection jurisprudence, Catholic social teaching, and sexual ethics.  She speaks widely on abortion, sexual economics, the new feminism, the impact of the new sexual norms on women and the poor, care ethics, and authentic reproductive justice.

Ms. Bachiochi’s essays have appeared in publications such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Christian Bioethics (Oxford University), First Things, CNN.com, National Review Online, Claremont Review of Books, SCOTUSblog, and Public Discourse. Particularly noteworthy is the article, “Embodied Equality: Debunking Equality Protection Arguments for Abortion Rights” (2011). She is the editor of two books, Women, Sex & the Church: A Case for Catholic Teaching (Pauline Books & Media, 2010) and The Cost of “Choice”: Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion (Encounter Books, 2004).

Ms. Bachiochi has represented the Holy See at the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations, has presented at conferences sponsored by the Vatican, and was a speaker at the World Meeting of Families in 2015.  Ms. Bachiochi serves on the Advisory Council of the Catholic Women’s Forum, is a contributor to the Law Professor Blogs Network blog, Mirror of Justice, and was a founder of St. Benedict’s, a classical Catholic school in Massachusetts where she served as President of the Board from 2013-2015.

She is working on a book tentatively entitled, Missing from the Bench: Women, Rights, and the Supreme Court. She and her husband have six children.

Contact Erika at erikabachiochi@gmail.com

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SELECT PUBLICATIONS

“I’m a Feminist Against Abortion: Why Exclude Me From a March for Women?” CNN, January 17, 2017 [my blog post re inapt title]

“Families, Schools, and Churches: The Building Blocks of a Healthy Social Ecology,” Public Discourse, January  18, 2017

“Safeguarding the Conditions for an Authentic Human Ecology,” Public Discourse, January 17, 2017

Embodied Caregiving, First Things, October 2016

“Is Hellerstedt this generation’s Roe?” Scotusblog Symposium, June 2016

“Rendering the Sexed Body Legally Invisible: How Transgender Law Hurts Women,” Public Discourse, May 2016

“Abortion and the Supreme Court’s Misguided Notions of ‘Autonomy,'” National Review Online, March 2016

“Feminism and Abortion: What Would Susan Say?” NewBostonPost, January 2016

“Just Like a Woman,” Claremont Review of Books, November 2015

 “Engaging Women: Finding a New Translation for Catholic Sexual Teaching,” in Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and the Church (Our Sunday Visitor Press, 2015)

“In Search of Sexual Integrity,” prepared for Pontifical Council on the Family in preparation for the World Meeting of Families (2015).

“It’s Feminist to be Against Abortion,” CNN.com, January 2015

“Women, Sexual Asymmetry & Catholic Teaching,” Christian Bioethics (Oxford University journal, August 2013).

“Why U.N. Feminists Should Want to Partner with the Holy See,” Public Discourse, March 2013.

“40 Years Later: Let’s Get Honest About Abortion, Roe & Women’s Equality,” Mobilizing Ideas Online Debate (Center for the Study of Social Movements at U of Notre Dame), March 2013. Response to my piece (and my response in comments).

“Women, Sex & the Church: Teaching Guide Designed for Professors and Students of Law, Feminist Theory, and Sexual and Social Ethics,” commissioned and published by the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy (2012)

“Embodied Equality: Debunking Equal Protection Arguments for Abortion Rights,” Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (Summer 2011)

“40 Years Later: How to Undo the Autonomy Argument for Abortion Rights,” Public Discourse, August 2011

 Women, Sex and the Church, editor/contributor, (Pauline Books & Media, 2010) Read the Introduction.   Study Guide.   Teaching Guide. 

The Cost of “Choice,” editor/contributor (Encounter Books, 2004)

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SELECT UNIVERSITY AND CONFERENCE LECTURES

Portsmouth Abbey Summer Conference, June 2017

Harvard Law School, April 19, 2017

Roman Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, invited speaker, Conference on 50th anniversary of Populorum Progressio, Vatican City, April 2017

Aquinas Institute at University of Colorado at Boulder, February 2017

Wheatley Institute, BYU, February 2017

Love and Fidelity Network Annual Conference, Princeton University, October  2016

GIVEN: Catholic Young Women’s Leadership Forum, June 2016

Catholic University School of Business & Economics, Conference on Human Ecology, March 2016

College of the Holy Cross, February 2016

Ave Maria University, Genuine Feminine Conference, January 2016

Georgetown University, Cardinal O’Connor Conference, January 2016

Williams College, “In Search of A Pro-Woman Response to the Hook-Up Culture,” January 2016

Pontifical Council of the Laity-Women’s Division, Invited Participant, International Conference on Women and Work, Vatican City, Rome, Italy, December 2015

Boston University Catholic Center, November 2015

Reimagining Care for the Poor, Ave Maria University, November 2015

Vita et Vertitas conference, Yale University, October 2015

World Meeting of Families, “Responding to the Hook-up Culture,” Philadelphia, PA, September 2015

Ethics & Public Policy Center, “On the Collaboration of Men and Women: the Implications of the Vulnerable Child,” (Submitted to the Pontifical Council of the Laity—Women’s Division), April 2015

Franciscan University, “On Vulnerability in the Mother-Child Dyad,” March 2015

University Faculty for Life Annual Conference, Plenary Address, “Women, Men, Sexual Asymmetry and Authentic Reproductive Justice,” Fordham University, June 2014

Scranton University, “Women, Men & Authentic Reproductive Justice,” March 2014

University of St. Thomas Law School, Presentation and Discussion with Notre Dame History Professor Gail Bederman on Women’s Equality and Abortion, November 2013

Fordham University School of Law, Keynote Speaker, “Law & the Gospel of Life II,” May 2013

United Nations, Commission on the Status of Women, “A Catholic Response to Domestic Violence,” March 2013

National Press Club, Symposium, “Planned Parenthood v. Casey’s Impact on Abortion Jurisprudence,” panelist, May 2012

Women, Sex & Church “book tour”: Clarion University, November 2013; Archdiocese of Boston, May 2012; Providence College, April 2012; Notre Dame Edith Stein conference, February 2012;Dartmouth College, April 2011; Boston College, November, 2011; St. Mary’s College, November 2010; Boston College (book launch), September 2010

University Faculty for Life, Annual Conference, Plenary Address, “Embodied Equality,” Catholic University of America, June 2010

The Center for Ethics and Culture, Panelist, “The Family: Searching for Fairest Love” Conference, University of Notre Dame, November 6-8, 2008

“The Cost of ‘Choice’” book tour: Princeton University, 2008; Wheaton College, 2008; College of St. Elizabeth, October 2006; Boston College, October 2006 and December 2004; Notre Dame Law School, March 2006; Boston University, March 2006; Wellesley College, March 2006; Harvard Law School, February 2005; Catholic University Law School, January 2005 (panel); American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Conference, January 2005

Presentations for Catholic women’s conferences, parishes, and various student groups not included

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EDUCATION

Boston University School of Law, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2002

Boston College, Masters of Theology, with distinction, 1999

  •  Bradley Fellowship, Institute for the Study of Politics and Religion

Middlebury College, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, magna cum laude, 1997

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