Memphis Councilman JB Smiley Jr. sponsors reproductive autonomy bill

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Memphis City Councilman JB Smiley Jr. said Wednesday that he'll introduce a resolution that urges the Shelby County District Attorney General and local law enforcement not to prosecute women seeking abortions or medical professionals performing the procedure, Samuel Hardiman reports.

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The Shelby County Health Department, meanwhile, announced its new Board of Health members on Wednesday morning, Lucas Finton reports.

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