Erika Bachiochi

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EPPC Fellow Erika Bachiochi is a legal scholar specializing in Equal Protection jurisprudence, feminist legal theory, Catholic social teaching, and sexual ethics. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Abigail Adams Institute in Cambridge, MA, where she founded and directs the Wollstonecraft Project. Her newest book, The Rights of Women: Reclaiming a Lost Vision, was published by Notre Dame University Press in 2021.

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EPPC Fellow Erika Bachiochi is a legal scholar specializing in Equal Protection jurisprudence, feminist legal theory, Catholic social teaching, and sexual ethics. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Abigail Adams Institute in Cambridge, MA, where she founded and directs the Wollstonecraft Project. Her newest book, The Rights of Women: Reclaiming a Lost Vision, is forthcoming from Notre Dame University Press in 2021.

Ms. Bachiochi’s essays have appeared in publications such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public PolicyChristian Bioethics (Oxford University), The AtlanticFirst Things, CNN.com, National Review OnlineNational AffairsClaremont Review of Books, SCOTUSblog, and Public Discourse. Particularly noteworthy are law review articles, “Embodied Equality: Debunking Equality Protection Arguments for Abortion Rights” (2011) and “A Putative Right in Search of a Constitutional Justification: Understanding Planned Parenthood v Casey’s Equality Rationale and How It Undermines Women’s Equality” (2017). 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 is an occasional contributor to Mirror of Justice and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Common Good Project, the Catholic Women’s Forum, and the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum. She is a co-founder of St. Benedict Classical Academy in Natick, Massachusetts where she served as President of the Board from 2013-2015. She and her husband live outside of Boston and are the happy parents of seven children.

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There’s No Good Case Against Confirming Amy Coney Barrett

Erika Bachiochi

Given the strength of Judge Barrett’s record, perhaps playing to the fears of the American public — who aren’t likely to be reading commentaries on the upcoming Supreme Court term but are voting soon — was the Democrats’ only play.

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CNN / October 13, 2020

Amy Coney Barrett: A New Feminist Icon

Erika Bachiochi

Feminism is changing, and Barrett’s replacement of Ruth Bader Ginsburg will show how.

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Politico / September 27, 2020

What I Will Teach My Children About Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Erika Bachiochi

Justice Ginsburg lived a heroic life in many ways. But to truly realize across our culture her noble vision for caregiving, we will have to point our children to others, those who recognize unborn children not as potential hindrances to the contributions we might make in the world but as reasons for greater solidarity with one another.

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America Magazine / September 24, 2020

How Women Made the Moral Case for Suffrage

Erika Bachiochi

The suffragists worked for seventy years to convince both males and other females that women ought to share in the political responsibilities of republican government. The arguments that won the day one hundred years ago should help us think correctly about rights today.

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First Things / August 26, 2020

What Does Justice Roberts’s Ruling Mean for the Pro-Life Cause?

Erika Bachiochi

Pro-lifers have waited nearly a half century for the Court to repudiate its entire ill-founded abortion jurisprudence.

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Public Discourse / July 2, 2020

The Chief Justice Restores the Casey Standard Even While Undermining Women’s Interests in Louisiana

Erika Bachiochi

A jurisprudence that treated women’s interests as distinct from those of abortion providers might come rather to see abortion for what it really is: a quick, easy, and relatively cheap way to keep women from demanding more, more of men, more of employers, more of medicine, more of the community at large.

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SCOTUSblog / June 30, 2020

The Troubling Ideals at the Heart of Abortion Rights

Erika Bachiochi

Equality premised on the power to end life is not true equality at all.

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The Atlantic / January 24, 2020

In Trump’s Court Pick, Who Won?

Erika Bachiochi

Should the President have another chance, and should that chance come in the form of the retirement of an aged Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Trump should pull the trigger and nominate Amy Coney Barrett.

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CNN / July 10, 2018

A Putative Right in Search of a Constitutional Justification: Understanding Planned Parenthood v. Casey’s Equality…

Erika Bachiochi

The justices’ concerns about women’s equality are the key interpretative lens through which to understand the controversial reaffirmance of Roe v. Wade, but one which has been inadequately explored and critiqued on the part of those critical of Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

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Quinnipiac Law Review / November 15, 2017

Reflections on My Time in Rome as a Speaker at the Conference Commemorating Popularum Progressio

Erika Bachiochi

The Church must prioritize the health and strength of every marriage – for who else in the world right now knows how important each and every marriage is to the development of persons and of nations?

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Mirror of Justice blog / April 6, 2017

I’m a Feminist Against Abortion. Why Exclude Me from a March for Women?

Erika Bachiochi

An authentic women’s movement—one that properly extols human dignity, care, and non-violence—must be unabashedly pro-life.

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CNN / January 18, 2017

Families, Schools, and Churches: The Building Blocks of a Healthy Social Ecology

Erika Bachiochi

To create a society in which human beings can flourish, we must support child-raising families, schools that intentionally cultivate the intellectual and moral virtues, and local church communities.

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The Public Discourse / January 18, 2017