COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Backers of a bill to effectively ban abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat are declaring "round 2" in what is likely an uphill fight for the proposal.
The bill's previous sponsor, Rep. Lynn Wachtmann and several other Republican state lawmakers are reintroducing the so-called "heartbeat bill."
He knows opponents will argue this is another battle in the "war on women."
"The slayers of those young babies, the young girls in the mother's wombs, who take their lives - that is the real war on women," Wachtmann said.
Supporters want the bill to lead to the eventual overturning of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1973 on Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion until the point of viability, usually at 22 to 24 weeks.
A heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.
"This is a sign of life. This is a medical standard that will give us a chance of winning in the courts," said Rep. Christina Hagan, the bill's current sponsor.
The bill was approved by the Ohio House, but it failed to get a vote in the Senate before session ended at the end of 2012.
It could still have a tough time in the GOP-led Senate where the current backers admit there could be hesitation.
Similar laws have passed in Arkansas and North Dakota, but are tied up in courts. Ohio lawmakers don't want to wait until those cases are decided before moving forward.
Thursday's news conference featured Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, the stars of the reality TV show "19 and Counting."
A native of Cincinnati, Michelle says time to act is now.
"If we do not speak up and do something to stop this holocaust the blood of these little ones will be on our hands," she said.
The bill's author, Faith2Action's Janet Porter, says the idea is spreading with states like Mississippi, Texas, California, and Kansas are among those considering the idea.
This version of the bill in Ohio also includes adding abortion clinic inspectors to make sure the heartbeat provision is being followed.
Two groups normally opposed to each other have found common ground once again on the "Heartbeat Bill."
Ohio Right to Life opposed the bill when it was last introduced causing a rift in the pro-life movement in Ohio.
"Pro-lifers can have disagreements on tactics and strategies and that appears to be the case this time," said Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis.
They opposed the bill because they feel it faces monumental legal challenges and there are better ways to stop abortions. However, he says his group won't be a vocal opponent to the bill like they were last time. Instead, he says they're focusing their efforts elsewhere.
"At some point you have to start looking at more common sense solutions to the situations at hand and we think adoption reform is the next best case," he said.
Gonidakis knows first hand the challenges of adopting a child. His family has two adopted children, one internationally and another domestically. He admits it was actually easier to adopt internationally.
"Adoptions in Ohio are too expensive, too bureaucratic and too many lawyers involved," he said.
They're planning to introduce legislation in September that would make it easier to adopt an Ohio born child.
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio is also lining up against the "Heartbeat Bill." Executive director Kellie Copeland calls it the "heartless bill."
"It would effectively outlaw abortions with no exceptions for rape or incest or to protect a woman's health," she said. "This is dangerous legislation."
She worries that with the bill being introduced so early in the General Assembly session it will have plenty of time to work its way through both chambers at the Statehouse. The Ohio House passed it during the last session, but it flat-lined in the Senate when then-Senate President Tom Niehaus decided not to bring it to the floor for a vote. That leaves Copeland pondering one question.
"Where is Gov. Kasich on the Heartbeat Bill?"
"While the governor is pro-life and believes strongly in the sanctity of human life, we don't take a public position on every bill introduced in the General Assembly," said Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols.
Copeland believes medical decisions should be up to patients and doctors, not lawmakers. She also argues that if pro-life groups really wanted to reduce abortions they'd work together to boost sex education and family planning services.
"This isn't about reducing abortion care for them. This is about imposing their morality on other people," she said.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story)