Emily Wagster Pettus

Emily Wagster Pettus is an author at Religion News Service.

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Mississippi, under judge’s order, starts allowing religious exemptions for childhood vaccinations

By Emily Wagster Pettus — July 17, 2023
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — His ruling came in a lawsuit filed last year by several parents who said their religious beliefs have led them to keep their children unvaccinated and out of Mississippi schools.

Judge: Mississippi must give religious exemption on vaccines

By Emily Wagster Pettus — April 19, 2023
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — One of the families who are plaintiffs in the lawsuit believe 'God has created humans with functioning immune systems that were well designed to counteract threats,' the lawsuit said, adding that they only seek out medication 'when an intervention is clearly necessary.'

Abortion debate epicenter: Mississippi clinic stays open

By Emily Wagster Pettus — December 1, 2021
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the Supreme Court early Wednesday ahead of the arguments, their opposing positions marked by signs that included “Her Body Her Choice” and “God Hates the Shedding of Innocent Blood.”

Mississippi governor: Christians are ‘less scared’ of COVID

By Emily Wagster Pettus — August 31, 2021
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Republican governor Tate Reeves said he believes Christians are ‘a little less scared’ of COVID-19 because of their belief in eternal life.
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