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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Threatening Violence, Trans Activists Expel Un-PC Research At Medical Conference

Mary Rice Hasson

The drama at a recent medical conference on care for transgender persons reveals a disturbing picture of a medical community unable or unwilling to exercise independent judgment in the face of trans rage.

Articles

The Federalist / February 27, 2017

Do Catholic Hospitals Discriminate?

Mary Rice Hasson

Transgender patients raise issues of identity and language for Catholic health care facilities.

Articles

OSV Newsweekly / February 2, 2017

A Simple Gesture, a Grateful Heart: A Thanksgiving Lesson from Staff Sgt. Milosevic

Mary Rice Hasson

Ideologues may work to shred our cultural memory and thin the roots of our gratitude, but ordinary Americans can replant the seeds of deep gratitude on a daily basis.

Articles

Washington Examiner / November 28, 2016

Feminists’ Post-Election Panic Over Birth Control Is Shallow And Manipulative

Mary Rice Hasson

What matters most to feminist progressives is the need to help women keep their ‘uteruses as vacant as Antonin Scalia’s Supreme Court seat.’

Articles

The Federalist / November 15, 2016

Report Debunks ‘Born that Way’ Narrative and ‘Transgender’ Label for Kids

Mary Rice Hasson

Political correctness about human sexuality is fostering horror stories for some of the nation’s most vulnerable children and their families. A new report attempts to clear that away to present the science.

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The Federalist / August 24, 2016

New Study Refutes LGBT ‘Born that Way’ Theory, ‘Transgender’ Labels for Children

Mary Rice Hasson

It turns out those popular soundbites about sexual orientation and gender ideology are generally wrong, writes EPPC Fellow Mary Rice Hasson, as she and co-author Theresa Farnan unpack The New Atlantis report that dispels popular myths about sexual attraction, identity, and transgender children.

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OSV Newsweekly / August 22, 2016

Reality Check: Gender Diversity is Driven by a Top-Down Ideological Movement

Mary Rice Hasson

How did transgenderism, gender fluidity, and the like gain such traction? And can we just wait it out? We must counter gender ideology now, before we find ourselves in a world we no longer recognize.

Articles

MercatorNet / June 9, 2016

Bathroom Guidelines Open Cultural Fault Line

Mary Rice Hasson

The Obama Administration’s latest “guidance” confirms that schools are ground zero for the promotion of gender ideology. But even ideologues can’t change reality — and it’s up to us to have the courage to say so.

Articles

Our Sunday Visitor / May 16, 2016

‘Choosing’ Gender Ignores Truth of Human Person

Mary Rice Hasson

Target’s bathroom policy stems from a gender ideology that is ultimately incompatible not only with reality, but also with Christian anthropology.

Articles

Our Sunday Visitor / April 27, 2016

Remarks Upon Acceptance of John Paul II New Evangelization Award

Mary Rice Hasson

EPPC Fellow Mary Rice Hasson and her husband, Kevin “Seamus” Hasson, received the 2015 Saint John Paul II Award for the New Evangelization from the Catholic Information Center in Washington, D.C.

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Catholic Information Center / October 30, 2015

Catholic Education: Antidote to ‘Ideological Colonization’ in America

Mary Rice Hasson

It should trouble us that public schools, which are heavily invested in promoting a warped view of sexuality and a deformed view of the person and human freedom, direct the social, intellectual and, at times, moral formation of our children.

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Catholic Education Daily / October 22, 2015

Missing Pieces

Mary Rice Hasson

In the essay “Missing Pieces,” published in First Things as part of the “Letters from the Synod” collection, Mary Rice Hasson, the the Director of EPPC’s Catholic Women’s Forum, and Prof. Theresa Farnan of Franciscan University, analyze fundamental deficiencies in the working document of the Bishops’ Synod on the Family.

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Letters from the Synod / October 15, 2015