Mary Rice Hasson

Kate O’Beirne Senior Fellow

Mary Rice Hasson, J.D., is the Kate O’Beirne Senior 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 Senior 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:

[See also the videos collected on the Person and Identity Project website]

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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.

Articles

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

‘It Isn’t Hate to Speak the Truth’: J.K. Rowling Takes a Stand against Gender Ideology,…

Mary Rice Hasson

The transgender movement’s rapid redefinition of what it means to be a human person — who we are — threatens our culture, religious freedom and human flourishing.

Articles

Our Sunday Visitor / June 15, 2020

COVID-19 Relief and Saving Catholic Schools

Mary Rice Hasson

Catholic schools, along with other faith-based schools, are a vital gift to the families they serve and to our country. America’s COVID-19 relief efforts should support the educational choices of all families and work to save Catholic schools.

Articles

Public Discourse / May 27, 2020

The Pope Is Catholic After All

Mary Rice Hasson

Pope Francis’s affirmation of church doctrine is encouraging for anxious parishioners.

Articles

The Wall Street Journal / February 13, 2020

Why States Are Trying to End Hormones, Surgeries for Gender-Confused Children

Mary Rice Hasson

In nearly a dozen states, lawmakers are seeking to ban experimental medical treatments for children who experience gender dysphoria or who identify as transgender.

Articles

Our Sunday Visitor / January 31, 2020

The War on Parents’ Rights

Mary Rice Hasson

Public schools across the country routinely invoke district “gender policies” to justify hiding information about children’s gender transitions from their parents.

Articles

Washington Examiner / January 23, 2020