Erika Bachiochi

Erika Bachiochi



EPPC Fellow Erika Bachiochi is a legal scholar specializing in Equal Protection jurisprudence, Catholic social teaching, and sexual ethics. Ms. Bachiochi speaks widely on abortion, sexual economics, the impact of the new sexual norms on women and the poor, care ethics, and authentic reproductive justice. Other interests include the American renaissance of classical education, the vitality of civil society with a focus on how religious institutions can help the poor and marginalized, virtue ethics, and the American founding.

Ms. Bachiochi’s essays have appeared in publications such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Christian Bioethics (Oxford University), First Things,, 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). A list of publications and speaking engagements can be found here.

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 and her husband have six children.

Ms. Bachiochi received her BA from Middlebury College, her MA in Theology as a Bradley Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Politics and Religion at Boston College, and her law degree from Boston University School of Law. She is working on a book tentatively entitled, Missing from the Bench: Women, Rights, and the Supreme Court.