Mary Rice Hasson

Kate O’Beirne Fellow

Mary Rice Hasson, J.D., is the Kate O’Beirne Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. She directs the Catholic Women’s Forum, a network of Catholic professional women and scholars, and co-founded the Person and Identity Project, a new initiative that equips parents and faith-based institutions to counter gender ideology and promote the truth of the human person. An attorney and policy expert, Mary served as keynote speaker for the Holy See during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, addressing education (2018), women and work (2017), caregiving (2019), and gender ideology (2019). She currently serves as a consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family, Life and Youth.

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Mary Rice Hasson, J.D., is the Kate O’Beirne Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. She directs the Catholic Women’s Forum, a network of Catholic professional women and scholars, and co-founded the Person and Identity Project, a new initiative that equips parents and faith-based institutions to counter gender ideology and promote the truth of the human person. An attorney and policy expert, Mary served as keynote speaker for the Holy See during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, addressing education (2018), women and work (2017), caregiving (2019), and gender ideology (2019). She currently serves as a consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family, Life and Youth.

Mary speaks frequently in national and international venues on topics related to gender ideology, parental rights, religious liberty, and culture. She is frequently called upon to provide expert counsel on federal and state legislation and, in 2021, testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee against the Equality Act and before the Australian Parliament, New South Wales, in support of parental rights legislation.

She has co-authored several books on education, including Get Out Now: Why You Should Pull Your Child From Public School Before It’s Too Late (Regnery 2018), and her writing has appeared in a variety of policy journals, scholarly publications, and traditional media including The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, First Things, National Review Online, and the National Catholic Register, among others. She is a frequent media commentator in both religious and secular media.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Notre Dame Law School, Mary and her husband Seamus Hasson have seven grown children and two grandchildren.


A note about the Person and Identity Project (PIP): The Person and Identity Project aims to equip parents and faith-based institutions with the facts, resources, and expertise to promote an authentic vision of the human person and to counter gender ideology.  PIP experts speak, write, and conduct workshops on gender ideology for churches, schools, parents, and faith-based organizations. See personandidentity.com


A note about the Catholic Women’s Forum: The Catholic Women’s Forum takes its inspiration from Pope St. John Paul II, who wrote that women have “the task of assuring the moral dimension of culture…a culture worthy of the person,” (Christifideles Laici, 51). The Catholic Women’s Forum provides a network for Catholic women scholars seeking fellowship and to influence the culture, and offers a forum for Catholic women to share faith, inspiration, and resources. See catholicwomensforum.org.


Recent publications:

Appellate brief in the 9th Circuit supporting challenge to Washington law effectively mandating “affirmation only” therapy for minors, December 16, 2021.

Bringing the Christ of Christmas to a Lost Generation,” Legatus Magazine, Dec 1, 2021

 “Erasing Females in Language and Law,” Journal of Christian Legal Thought, Christian Legal Society, Oct. 21, 2021.

Is It Emotional Abuse For Parents To Deny A Child’s Transgender Claims?” National Review Online, October 17, 2021.

Time for an Exodus from Public Schools?” Our Catholic Mission, Cardinal Newman Society, October 8, 2021.

The Equality Act and the End of Females,” Newsweek, February 24, 2021.

The Pope is Catholic After All,” co-author with Tim Busch, The Wall Street Journal, February 13, 2020.


Books and Book Chapters:

Chapter author, “Sexual Identity, Gender Ideology, and Religious Freedom: The Tug of War over ‘Who We Are,’ – Schools as Battlegrounds,” in the Handbook of Church and State, Shannon Holzer, ed. (New York, NY: Palgrave, expected publication fall 2022)

Co-author, with Theresa Farnan, PhD, of Get Out Now: Why You Should Pull Your Child From Public School Before It’s Too Late (Regnery: 2018)

Chapter author, “What About Sex: Habits of Heart for a Fulfilling Sexual Relationship and a Happy Marriage,” in Venus and Virtue: Celebrating Sex and Seeking Sanctification (2018).

Editor, Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and the Church (Our Sunday Visitor: 2015)

Co-author, with Michele Hill, of the reportWhat Catholic Women Think About Faith, Conscience, and Contraception (EPPC 2012)

Co-author, with Kimberly Hahn of Catholic Education: Homeward Bound (Ignatius Press: 1996).


Selected Presentations and Interviews:

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EPPC Scholars File Ninth Circuit Brief Supporting Challenge to Washington Law Effectively Mandating “Gender-Affirmation-Only” Therapy…

Mary Rice Hasson

This week, EPPC Kate O’Beirne Fellow Mary Rice Hasson and EPPC President Ryan T. Anderson filed an amicus curiae brief in a case challenging a law in Washington state that effectively mandates that therapists serving minors use a “gender-affirmation-only” approach and that denies effective psychotherapy to minors seeking psychological help to explore alternative pathways, including the possibility of desisting from a transgender identity.

Articles

Publications / December 16, 2021

Bring the Christ of Christmas to a Lost Generation

Mary Rice Hasson

George Barna’s sobering new report, Millennials in America, exposes the anxious yearnings of a generation with little sense of the God who loves them. For Christians, the call to action is inescapable.

Articles

Legatus / December 1, 2021

Erasing Females in Language and Law

Mary Rice Hasson

The Equality Act and gender ideology privilege “gender identity” claims over the sex-based rights of females and thereby lead to erasing females, destroying the difference that grounds the idea of woman and women’s rights.

Articles

Is It ‘Emotional Abuse’ for Parents to Deny a Child’s ‘Transgender’ Claims?

Mary Rice Hasson

If parents are no longer free to acknowledge biological reality, speak the truth to their children, or refuse consent for ideologues to experiment on their children, then gender ideology has put freedom and truth on the chopping block — for everyone.

Articles

National Review Online / October 17, 2021

Time for an Exodus from Public Schools?

Mary Rice Hasson

A good education forms the whole person: intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual. But today’s public schools promote a curriculum that is radically antagonistic to Judeo-Christian morality and anthropology. Public schools of past generations were not perfect, but they incorporated an implicitly Judeo-Christian moral viewpoint and vision of the person (anthropology). No more.

Articles

Our Catholic Mission / October 8, 2021

Mary Hasson’s Testimony on Michigan Girls’ Sports Bill

Mary Rice Hasson

EPPC Kate O’Beirne Fellow Mary Rice Hasson presented testimony to the Michigan State Senate Committee on Education and Career Readiness on SB 218, which provides for single-sex high school athletics, determined on the basis of biological sex.

Articles, Testimony

 

INTERVIEW: Catholic Scholar Addresses ‘Gender Ideology’ and Transgender Issues with Compassion, Honesty

Mary Rice Hasson

EPPC Kate O’Beirne Fellow Mary Rice Hasson discusses both the Equality Act and transgender issues more broadly with the Arlington Catholic Herald.

Articles

Testimony of Mary Hasson to Australian Parliament in Favor of Parental Rights Bill

Mary Rice Hasson

EPPC Kate O’Beirne Fellow Mary Rice Hasson submitted testimony to the Parliament of New South Wales, Australia, in support of legislation that would prohibit the teaching of gender fluidity and to protect the primacy of parental responsibility for instilling core values in their children.

Articles

Testimony / April 29, 2021

Testimony of Mary Hasson on the Equality Act

Mary Rice Hasson

EPPC Kate O’Beirne Fellow Mary Rice Hasson delivered testimony at a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on the Equality Act.

Articles, Testimony

Senate Judiciary Committee / March 17, 2021

The Equality Act and the End of ‘Females’

Mary Rice Hasson

The Equality Act spells disaster—not only for females, but for all of us who believe that our laws and language must be grounded in reality.

Articles

Newsweek / February 24, 2021

INTERVIEW: Mary Rice Hasson on Person and Identity Project

Mary Rice Hasson

EPPC Kate O’Beirne Fellow Mary Rice Hasson spoke with Rod Dreher of The American Conservative about the launch of the Person and Identity Project, a new web resource from EPPC’s Catholic Women’s Forum that provides formation, resources, and pastoral guidance on issues of faith, “gender,” and sexual identity.

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The American Conservative / February 9, 2021

What Catholics Need to Know About Biden’s Executive Order on Gender Identity

Mary Rice Hasson

The disparate reactions to President Biden’s executive order on gender identity represent more than America’s polarized politics; they hint at deeper conflicts over the nature of the human person and the common good.

Articles

Our Sunday Visitor / January 29, 2021