Mary FioRito

Cardinal Francis George Fellow

EPPC Cardinal Francis George Fellow Mary Hallan FioRito is an attorney, public speaker, and radio show and podcast host. Her areas of expertise are human life issues, primarily abortion law and policy, post-abortion aftermath, and the Consistent Ethic of Life. She holds a degree in English Literature from Loyola University Chicago and a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois.

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EPPC Cardinal Francis George Fellow Mary Hallan FioRito is an attorney, public speaker, and radio show and podcast host. Her areas of expertise are human life issues, primarily abortion law and policy, post-abortion aftermath, and the Consistent Ethic of Life.  She holds a degree in English Literature from Loyola University Chicago and a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois.

In 1993, she was selected by the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin to serve as Director of Pro-life Activities for the Archdiocese of Chicago, where she served for seven years. Ms. FioRito was responsible for all programs related to abortion, post-abortion counseling, assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Ms. FioRito was named the Archdiocese of Chicago’s first female Vice-Chancellor in 2000, the same year she was honored by Newsweek Magazine as one of their “Women of the New Century,” highlighting her contribution to the nation’s conversation about abortion law and policy. In 2003, she was promoted to the position of Executive Assistant to the late Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., a role she held until the time of the Cardinal’s death in April 2015. She joined the EPPC shortly thereafter.

Ms. FioRito’s professional experiences give her a wealth of knowledge and insight into issues affecting the Catholic faith and its impact on women and the family. She regularly lectures and participates in a variety of academic and professional conferences. Speaking appearances include Legatus chapters, pregnancy resource center dinners, bar associations, and women’s conferences.

For more than two decades, Ms. FioRito has been a sought-after presenter and debater on the college and university speaking circuit. Venues include Princeton University, the University of Tennessee, the University of Arkansas, Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame, Northwestern University School of Law, and Colby College. She is known for her cordial, civil and persuasive advocacy of the pro-life position.

In addition to her expertise on the abortion issues, Ms. FioRito’s essays and opinions on topics ranging from perinatal hospice to the role of women in the Catholic Church have been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, National Review, and many religious publications. She is the contributor to two books: Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves, edited by Helen M. Alvare, and Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Complementarity, Feminism, and the Church, a selection of essays by Catholic women scholars edited by Mary Rice Hasson.

Ms. FioRito’s television and radio appearances include all major Chicago area news outlets, NPR, EWTN, and other local and national religious media. She is regular contributor to Relevant Radio’s Morning Air program, and the host of a weekly Chicago-area radio show, Winds of Change, which airs on EWTN’s local AM and FM stations. She also hosts the EDIFY podcast, a project of CatholicVote.

Ms. FioRito is also the concurrent Cardinal George Fellow at the deNicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, where she advises the Women and Children First initiative.

She serves on the Board of Directors of and is a consultor to numerous arch/dioceses, and pro-life and charitable organizations, including Aid for Women, a pregnancy resource center and maternity home, and Life House, a maternity home and women’s shelter serving the Black community on Chicago’s South Side. She has received numerous awards and honors for her work on behalf of the Catholic Church and the pro-life movement, including the Woman of the Year Award from St. Joseph College Seminary and the Catholic Press Association’s 2022 Henry Hyde Award.

She and her husband are the parents of three daughters and live in the Chicago area.

 

 

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The Consistent Ethic: Context and Controversy, Application, Misunderstandings, and Practical Considerations

Mary FioRito

Among the movements for social justice and equality, the pro-life movement is quite possibly the most diverse and inclusive.

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Who Was Caryll Houselander, and Why Was She Called ‘a Divine Eccentric’?

Mary FioRito

Caryll Houselander’s writings contain the depth and insight of a theologian, although she had no formal theological training. Her artwork, children’s stories, and letters provided inspiration, guidance and comfort to a generation of English Catholics during and after the two World Wars.

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Simply Catholic / September 25, 2019

Melinda Gates Is Wrong: Birth Control Isn’t Poverty Control

Mary FioRito

Even if the poor do achieve a momentary “lift” from the widespread use of artificial contraceptives, as Melinda Gates contends, it is a lift that will likely have no lasting impact. You don’t eliminate poverty by eliminating the poor.

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National Catholic Register / August 14, 2019

A Better Choice Than Late-Term Abortion: Perinatal Hospice Care

Mary FioRito

The idea that late-term abortions are sometimes the only way to spare children from a life of constant pain is unsupported.

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America Magazine / April 9, 2019

Why ‘Unplanned’ is the R-rated movie every Catholic should see

Mary FioRito

It’s a good thing that “Unplanned” exposes abortion for the violence that it is; it’s part of the reason I recommend it.

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Our Sunday Visitor / April 1, 2019

In Illinois, a Pro-Life Democrat and Not So Pro-Life Republican

Mary FioRito

Governor Bruce Rauner and congressman Dan Lipinski run for reelection. Each faces a tough primary opponent challenging his views on abortion.

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National Review Online / February 12, 2018

The GOP Governor Will Pay a Price for Taxpayer-Funded Abortion in Illinois

Mary FioRito

Last week, Republican governor Bruce Rauner took an action so shocking in its duplicity and so out of step with the views of Illinois voters that many political watchers say it has likely ended his career in electoral politics.

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National Review Online / October 5, 2017

Celiac Disease Does Not Mean “No Eucharist for You!”

Mary FioRito

Hysteria aside, celiac disease is serious business. The Church can better address this issue with more consistent treatment of parishioners with the disease.

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Aleteia / July 12, 2017

Here’s The Graceful Commencement Speech Hillary Clinton Should Have Given This Year

Mary FioRito

Hillary Clinton missed an opportunity to share with young women what it is like to win the popular vote but still lose the election, and nevertheless get up in the morning to fight another day. In one way or another, this sort of thing happens to all of us (although in a less public and spectacular way).

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The Federalist / June 23, 2017

Hanson’s New Life-Affirming Single is Impossible to Resist

Mary FioRito

In a musical world filled with lyrics that degrade, shock, and diminish others, ‘I Was Born’ is an inspiring (and addicting) antidote.

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The Federalist / May 31, 2017

How Dr. Seuss Can Help Explain the March for Life to Children

Mary FioRito

As today’s March for Life unfolds in Washington, D.C., parents may find themselves asking how to get across the pro-life argument to young children in a way that doesn’t seem either terrifying or harsh.

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Crux / January 27, 2017

The March for Life and the Women’s March: Can We Walk on Common Ground?

Mary FioRito

While it might seem to the casual observer that participants in the Women’s March on Washington don’t have much in common with the March for Life, it’s almost too bad both groups won’t be there at the same time.

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Crux / January 13, 2017