Bachiochi, Erika
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Erika Bachiochi is an independent scholar whose most recent book, Women, Sex & the Church: A Case for Catholic Teaching, was published in 2010. This essay was inspired by themes in parts III & IV of her recent article "Embodied Equality: Debunking Equal Protection Arguments for Abortion Rights" (Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Summer, 2011), now available online.


Erika Bachiochi on the Future of Pro-Life Feminism

The question that divides us is how we ought to respond to reproductive asymmetry: the reality that women carry disproportionate burdens due to our special role in human reproduction. What makes one a feminist is the view that this basic inequality at the heart of reproduction is one that deserves, in justice, an affirmative cultural response. We wish not only for maternity to be celebrated for the true privilege it most certainly is, but also for women to be encouraged and supported in other contributions they make. This requires that the burdens of childbearing ought to be shared not only within the family, but also across the wider society too.

Date posted: 2020-11-17

Families, Schools, and Churches: The Building Blocks of a Healthy Social Ecology

To create a society in which human beings can flourish, we must support child-raising families, schools that intentionally cultivate the intellectual and moral virtues, and local church communities. The second of a two-part series.

Date posted: 2017-02-04

Safeguarding the Conditions for an Authentic Human Ecology

If we are to safeguard the moral conditions for an authentic human ecology we must take far more seriously the care, nurture, and cultivation of children and young people in virtue. The first in a two-part series.

Date posted: 2017-02-04

Rendering the Sexed Body Legally Invisible: How Transgender Law Hurts Women

The gross misappropriation of executive power to utterly remake the meaning of very basic legal terms threatens not only the structure of our government. It threatens the rule of law itself. This distortion of legal language is a particular threat to laws concerning women.

Date posted: 2016-06-24

40 Years Later: How to Undo the Autonomy Argument for Abortion Rights

In response to pro-choice appeals to autonomy in support of abortion, we feminists should advocate that parents -- both mothers and fathers -- have binding duties to their unborn child as the product of their life-giving sexual act.

Date posted: 2011-09-27