Members of the House State Affairs Committee react to statements Governor Noem made about her abortion bill

PIERRE, S.D.(WNAX)- Governor Kristi Noem was sharply critical of members of the House State Affairs Committee for failing to introduce her bill that would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

State Affairs Committee Chairman, Representative Kent Peterson of Salem, says that bill didn’t fit their process.

Representative Chris Johnson of Rapid City says he offered the bill in committee.

Johnson says there was no advance agreement to not hear the bill.

Legislators were briefed by a lawyer that endorsing that bill could be a problem in a legal case between the state and Planned Parenthood.