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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Your Tuition Dollars at Work: How Colleges Promote a Perverse Sexual Ideology

Mary Rice Hasson

College and university administrations have officially endorsed—and are busy embedding—a new sexual ideology on campuses across the U.S.: the ‘sex-positive,’ morality-free, judgment-free celebration of “all forms of sexuality and consensual sexual experience.” Do board members, donors, alumni, and parents know—or even care?

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The Family in America / June 9, 2014

A Cultural Package That Sorts Winners from Losers

Mary Rice Hasson

The Triple Package authors argue that American culture spurs “instant gratification disorder” instead of success. But does “Triple-Package-style” success really yield better results?

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MercatorNet / May 30, 2014

Youth Rights: A Trojan Horse for the Left’s Sexual Agenda

Mary Rice Hasson

Parents who know nothing about their children’s sexual activities have no power to influence their children’s decisions – and that’s exactly what the Left wants.

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The Federalist / February 13, 2014

Youth Rights and the Shrinking Power of Parents

Mary Rice Hasson

The left does not need to take our children in order to isolate them from parental influence and religious values. They have found a simpler way: putting children in supposed control over their own lives.

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Abortion Zealots and the GOP’s Empty Playbook

Mary Rice Hasson

Unless the GOP plans to run up the white flag of surrender on the abortion issue, it needs a serious strategy to counter the Democrats’ “War on Women” rhetoric.

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The Federalist / November 12, 2013

What’s It Like to Torture Someone?

Mary Rice Hasson

Grand Theft Auto V is not the first video game to feature torture scenes. But having broken the taboo against interactive torture scenes, it marks the beginning, not the end, of a troubling trend.

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MercatorNet / October 21, 2013

Breaking Silence: Catholics, Contraception, and Same-Sex Marriage

Mary Rice Hasson

Many Catholics don’t accept the truth about marriage because they don’t accept—or even know—the truth about sex. It’s time to break silence and tell them the truth.

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Catholic Stand / July 8, 2013

Zero-Sum Parenting

Mary Rice Hasson

The author of a new book, One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child and the Joy of Being One, views children through a warped feminist lens, where parenting is a zero-sum game and each child is a potential threat to a woman’s ‘authentic self.’ She couldn’t be more wrong.

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MercatorNet / June 13, 2013

The Girl Scouts: A “Groundbreaking” Feminist Moment

Mary Rice Hasson

Are the Girl Scouts neutral on abortion? Hardly. They recently sponsored a live screening and panel discussion of the feminist documentary, MAKERS, which presents abortion as essential to women’s autonomy.

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Life News / June 5, 2013

The Boy Scouts Admit Gay Kids: Does It Matter?

Mary Rice Hasson

It’s simplistic to suppose that the only issues posed by integrating openly gay youth into scout troops will be issues of kindness and inclusion. It will be tough, if not impossible, for the Church to include gay Scouts without confronting, head-on, the deep divide between Catholic sexual morality and the secular creed of sexual “tolerance.”

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Catholic News Agency / May 28, 2013

“Do We Want to Know?”

Mary Rice Hasson

Abortion’s don’t “improve” with more regulation or better oversight. A clean, sanitary abortion still produces a dead baby, just as surely as Gosnell’s butchery did.

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Catholic News Agency / May 6, 2013

Will ‘Transgender’ Rights Drive Catholics Out of Public Schools?

Mary Rice Hasson

It’s bad enough that children in public school must learn in an environment that no longer recognizes God. But it’s even worse when that educational environment no longer recognizes basic truths about the human person.

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Catholic Stand / March 11, 2013