Women, Sex and The Church: A Case for Catholic Teaching


"The women who write in this volume challenge the common misconception that the Catholic Church's teachings are antiwomen and anti-sex. Rather, these women believe that it is precisely the Church's controversial teachings on abortion, sex, marriage, and contraception that bespeak the Church's love of women and reverence for sex. Recent empirical evidence reveals just how harmful breaking from these teachings has been for women, their children, and our culture over the past few decades. Indeed, the women who write these chapters argue that contrary to popular belief, following Church teachings on sex and marriage, in spite of the sometimes arduous difficulty of doing so, actually helps women to flourish-physically, emotionally, relationally, and socially."

--  from the Introduction of Women, Sex and the Church

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       About the Contributors                      Publishers Weekly Review
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Praise for Women, Sex and the Church 
"...10 stimulating essays on just about every hot-button issue at the intersection of women's lives and the Catholic moral imagination." (Read review here)

George Weigel, Best Selling Author of Internationally acclaimed
"Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II"

"This book takes on both the thorniest dilemmas and the best kept secrets of the Catholic Church's teachings concerning women, with thoroughness, intelligence, and honesty."

Helen Alvare, J.D. , Associate Professor of Law,
George Mason University School of Law

"This presentation is a tour de force-highly recommended."

Kimberly Hahn, Author of Life-Giving Love:
Embracing God's Beautiful Design for Marriage

"[R]equired reading for every son, brother, fiancee, husband, father, seminarian, and priest. These women know something about life, and in listening to them you come away wanting to become a better man."

Rev. Paul McNellis, S.J. , Boston College

"As a highly readable, provocative exposition of the case for the Church's vision of sex, marriage, and sexual difference, it could not be more timely."

Mary Shivanandan, Professor of Theology,
John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America

"A remarkable work, and a great read."

Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. , Director of Education,
The National Catholic Bioethics Center

"This book, a work by Catholic feminists, fills us with hope." (Read review here)

Mgr. Antonio Grappone , Pontifical Council for the Laity

The Cost of "Choice"

"We are now more than thirty years away from the Supreme Court case of Roe vs Wade, yet the controversy over abortion has not diminished. Although the "pro-choice" forces increasingly acknowledge the central claim of the "pro-life" side--that abortion is a morally portentous act--they continue to insist that the well-being of women is absolutely dependent on the legal right to abortion. The twelve essays in The Cost of "Choice," all written by women active in the public square, dispute this claim. These authors argue that over the last three decades, legal abortion has had harmful effects on women-- socially, medically, psychologically and culturally.'"

Contributors include Mary Ann Glendon and the late Elizabeth Fox Genovese. Jean Bethke Elshtain writes the Preface.

View the Table of Contents. More about The Cost of "Choice". Buy it.

Read what lifelong Democrat Eunice Kennedy Shriver, National Review Washington Editor Kate O’Beirne, and Emmy Award winning actress, Patricia Heaton have to say.

Read Chuck Colson's review at Breakpoint, or reader reviews on Amazon


Selected Articles

"I'm a feminist and I'm against abortion," CNN, Jan 22, 2015
"Erika Bachiochi Champions the Rights of Women, Born and Unborn" (interview), National Catholic Register, February 5, 2015
"Life Matters: Roe Plus 40," USCCB Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, 2013 (pamphlet)
"Women, Sexual Asymmetry & Catholic Teaching," "Women, Sexual Asymmetry & Catholic Teaching," Christian Bioethics (Oxford U), 2013
"Why UN Feminists Would Want to Partner with the Holy See," Public Discourse, March 26, 2013
"40 Years Later: Let's Get Honest About Abortion, Roe & Women's Equality," Mobilizing Ideas, March 4th, 2013 (rejoinder)
"Symposium: Planned Parenthood v. Casey's Impact on Abortion Jurisprudence," AUL, May 2012 -- [Watch here @ 23:00]
"The Pill is Not Good for Women," National Review Online, February 21, 2012
"Embodied Equality: Debunking Equal Protection Arguments for Abortion Rights," Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Summer 2011
"40 Years Later: How to Undo the Autonomy Argument for Abortion Rights," thepublicdiscourse.com, August, 2011
"It's Time for a Pro-Woman Defense of Controversial Catholic Teaching," Insidecatholic.com, September 2010
"Palin, Abortion & the Feminists," Human Life Review, Winter/Spring 2009
"Miss Americas," Touchstone Magazine, September 2008
"The Easy Road to Heaven: Love, Sex and the Cross," Crisis Magazine, December 2006
"Warrior for Choice," New York Post book review, February 26th, 2006
"How Abortion Hurts Women: The Hard Proof," Crisis Magazine, June 2005
"Whose Child-Care Crisis?" New York Post book review, January 30, 2005
"The Abortion Debate", Washington Times, October 29, 2004

Contributor, Mirror of Justice (a blog dedicated to the development of Catholic Legal Theory)

"Embodied Equality: Debunking Equal Protection Arguments for Abortion Rights," Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy,
Summer 2011

"Women, Sexual Asymmetry & Catholic Teaching ," Christian Bioethics (Oxford U),

"Legal Abortion Necessary for Sexual Equality?" (A Debate)

"Symposium: Planned Parenthood v. Casey's Impact on Abortion Jurisprudence," AUL, May 2012 [@ 23:00]

Past Speaking Appearances

First Annual Boston Catholic Women's
   Conference, Keynote Address

Indiana Catholic Women's Conference
Vermont Right to Life Annual Conference,
   Keynote Address

University Faculty for Life Annual
   Conference, Plenary Address

Harvard University
Harvard Law School (review)
Princeton University
Dartmouth College
Boston College Law School
Notre Dame Law School
Boston College
Boston University
Wellesley College
Providence College
Valparaiso University
Wheaton College
Catholic University Law School
St. Mary's College
DeSales University
The College of St. Elizabeth
The Archdiocese of Denver
American Association of Pro-life
   Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Legal Center for the Defense of Life
Legatus Boston
Women Affirming Life
Montrose School
Murray Hill Institute
Various Parishes
Visitation House -Watch (Worchester, MA)

Topics Include

On Pro-Life Feminism
  The Impact of Abortion on Women
  Toward an Embodied Equality (or Sexual     Equality Does Not Require Abortion)
  Growing Up in the Culture of "Choice"
  Authentic Reproductive Justice

On Church Teaching
  The New Feminism
  Women and the Church
  The Kinship Between the Social and Sexual

On the Spiritual Life
  The Return of a Prodigal Daughter: A Love
    Story (my conversion) Listen to Excerpt

  A Personal Meditation on Deus Caritas Est
  On Suffering
  On Discernment

Contact Erika to schedule a speaking engagement: ebachiochi@yahoo.com

TV & Radio Appearances

Nationally Syndicated
"EWTN, Faith & Culture"
"Phyllis Schlafly Live"
"Janet Parshall's American Salem Radio"
"Daybreak USA"
"Point of View"

Listen to Erika on "Morning Bulletin"

Listen to Erika on "The Good Catholic Life"

Local Shows
“The Mark Johnson Show” WDEV (Vermont), “The Good Catholic Life” WQOM (Boston), “Society Under Fire” KMBH, “Spirit Morning Show” KVSS, “Voice for Life” Immaculate Heart Radio, “Kresta in the Afternoon”, Ave Maria Radio, “Lifeline w/ Craig Roberts” KFAX (Bay area), “Christian Bookshelf”, WSHO (New Orleans), “What's up?” KTEK (Houston), “Bob Dutko Show”, WMUZ (Detroit), “Jerry Bowyer Show” WPTT (Pittsburg), “Viewpoint” WTKF (Moorehead City, NC), “Morning Bulletin” KBUL (Billings, MT), “Mornings with Tim and Al” KJSL(Creve Coeur, MO), “Morning Show” WLEA (Hornell, NY), “Small Victories” KJSL (St.Louis), “Martha Zoller Show” WDUN (Atlanta), “Crosstalk” WVCY (Milwaukee), “Issues, Etc.” KFUO (St. Louis)
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