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Duggar Family Helps Launch Ohio Push For Heartbeat Abortion Bill

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A TV family that has celebrated 19 children came to Columbus Thursday to help launch a new push to pass one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, the parents featured in the TLC show "19 Kids And Counting" are backing the so-called heartbeat bill.

They were joined by lawmakers at the Ohio Statehouse Thursday.

The reality TV stars might have been the main attraction to the announcement of the revival of the heartbeat bill, but Ohio lawmakers are behind the that would effectively ban abortions after the first fetal heartbeat is detected -- as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

House Health Chairman Lynn Wachtmann (R), said the proposal has close to 40 co-sponsors.

The measure died last year after the Senate's GOP leader blocked it from a vote. He has since retired due to term limits.

The bill, if signed into law, would likely provoke a challenge in the Ohio Supreme court.

Pro-choice groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, are unequivocal in their opposition to the heartbeat bill.

The bill was first introduced in February 2011.

The Ohio House passed the bill in June of that year, but it stalled in the Senate committee in November.

Renewed effort to get senators to consider the bill began again in January 2012, but again, by November, senators refused to hold a full vote.

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