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Susan Wills, J.D., LL.M.

Associate Scholar

Susan Wills, J.D., LL.M., served for 20 years as Assistant Director for Education and Outreach for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, prior to her retirement in July 2013. She earned a J.D. cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law and an LL.M. in International Law from Georgetown University School of Law, where she was awarded the Thomas Bradbury Chetwood, SJ Prize for the highest academic average. Mrs. Wills has written hundreds of articles and resources on a broad array of legal, bioethical, and life issues for both Catholic and secular periodicals, including National Review, The Washington Times, American Thinker and Public Discourse. Her scholarly articles have appeared in Linacre Quarterly and The Journal of Health Law and Policy (The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law). While at the USCCB, Mrs. Wills oversaw preparation of the bishops’ annual Respect Life Program and developed training and outreach materials for the Church’s Project Rachel Ministry. She has been a frequent speaker at statewide and diocesan conferences and a guest on national radio. In 2012, she received the Catholic Bishops’ “People of Life” award. Since her “retirement,” Mrs. Wills has continued to write and edit, notably as a senior writer and editor for Aleteia in 2014 and early 2015.

Latest Research & News

  • Update: COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates and Abortion-Derived Cell Lines | September 30, 2020

    To view this chart as a PDF, see: COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates and Abortion-Derived Cell Lines   Updated June 2, 2021   Accurate information about the development and production of COVID-19 vaccines is essential, especially because many proposed candidates use newer molecular technologies for production of a viral vaccine. One concern regarding the ethical assessment of […]

  • A Visual Aid to Viral Infection and Vaccine Production | June 15, 2020

    This is Issue 1 in CLI’s On Science. To view this report as a PDF, see: A Visual Aid to Viral Infection and Vaccine Production   Updated November 2020   Introduction As a result of the rapid spread of the new coronavirus technically known as SARS-CoV-2, the United States and other governments have begun crash […]

  • The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Ethics of Triage | March 26, 2020

    by R. J. Snell, Ph.D. This paper can be viewed as a pdf here: The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Ethics of Triage   As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Italy, many hospitals are overwhelmed with patients, necessitating difficult triage decisions that can seem like choosing who lives and who dies. In the United States, already […]

  • Pro-Life Topics for Lawmakers Regarding Coronavirus | March 25, 2020

    This is Issue 43 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: On Point 43 Pro-Life Topics for Lawmakers Regarding Coronavirus.   Abortion advocates have found a new ally—COVID-19.   During this intensely stressful time, the vast majority of Americans are focused on protecting their health and the health of […]

  • Does Banning Abortions After 15 Weeks Make Any Sense? | September 27, 2021

    This is issue 68 of CLI’s On Point series. To view this report as a PDF see: Does Banning Abortions After 15 Weeks Make Any Sense?     Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act—banning almost all abortions after 15 weeks’ gestation—raises the question: “Why 15 weeks?”[1]   A person with pro-life convictions could reason that an abortion […]

  • 10 Legal Reasons to Reject Roe | June 15, 2021

    Decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court rarely attract much public interest. One news cycle and a few op-eds are probably the norm for even the most important and sweeping decisions. But one Supreme Court decision eclipses all others in the past century. Far from being forgotten, in the almost 50 years since Roe v. Wade announced that the “constitutional” right to privacy encompasses a woman’s decision to abort her child, including late-term abortions, its fame (or infamy) just keeps growing.

  • New Studies Show All Emergency Contraceptives Can Cause Early Abortion | January 1, 2014

    In this paper, CLI scholar Susan Wills compiles evidence which shows that emergency contraceptives can operate as abortion inducing drugs. Wills examines the latest scientific studies and explains how emergency contraception has been shown to prevent newly created embryos from implanting in the uterine wall, thus facilitating early abortion.

  • The Overlooked Key to the Drop in U.S. Abortions | September 4, 2012

    This report examines the declining abortion rate in the United States and questions the standard line that better contraceptives are the key to reducing abortion.