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. A 2018 visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, 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, and was named a finalist for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s 2022 Conservative Book of the Year award.

Ms. Bachiochi’s essays have appeared in publications such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public PolicyChristian Bioethics (Oxford University), The New York Times, 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, the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum, St. Thomas More Academy (South Bend), and EthicsFinder. She is a co-founder of St. Benedict Classical Academy in Natick, Massachusetts where she served as President of the Board from 2013-2015.

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To Find Your Life’s Mission, Follow Your Questions

Erika Bachiochi

We find our life’s mission not by seeking after some “castle in the air,” but by fulfilling the very concrete duty of each moment, one moment at a time.

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Public Discourse / June 9, 2021

Toward a Family Wage (Subsidy)

Erika Bachiochi

A direct cash benefit spreads the overwhelming costs of raising the next generation to the community, allowing parents more freedom from market work to give their children the time and attention they need to grow into happy and productive adults.

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American Compass / February 26, 2021

The Equality Act’s Implications for Abortion Would Be Devastating for Pregnant Women in the Workplace

Erika Bachiochi

The Equality Act’s sponsors seem to be trying to retool the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, transforming it from a law that is explicitly neutral as to abortion into a mechanism that may well be construed to require health care providers to perform abortions and states to fund them.

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America Magazine / February 25, 2021

The Merits of Romney’s Pro-Family Policy

Erika Bachiochi

Sen. Mitt Romney’s “Family Security Act” has many merits as a response to the bleak trends highlighted by the pandemic. More important still, it would serve as an overdue corrective to liberalism’s devastating effects on the family.

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First Things / February 11, 2021

The Contested Meaning of Women’s Equality

Erika Bachiochi

However much we might like our daughters and sons to see their fundamental equality emblazoned in the text of the Constitution, strict equality will not give mothers and fathers the support they need. A more intentional and robust family policy, on the other hand, just might.

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Interview: Erika Bachiochi on the Future of Pro-Life Feminism

Erika Bachiochi

The question that divides us is how we ought to respond to reproductive asymmetry: the reality that women carry disproportionate burdens due to our special role in human reproduction.

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Public Discourse / October 31, 2020

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