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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

  • 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.