With the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, and the likelihood President Donald Trump will appoint a conservative justice to replace him, the debate over the passage of the Reproductive Health Act in New York will become a much more pertinent one.

It’s not impossible that the bill, which has stalled in the Republican-controlled state Senate, will become a centerpiece issue for Democrats running at all levels this fall in New York.

The bill would change abortion’s status as an exception to homicide in New York and allow abortions in the third trimester of a pregnancy in order to protect the mother’s health.

It would also shift language for abortions from the state’s penal code to the public health law.

In essence, the bill would codify the Roe v. Wade ruling, which stands a likely chance of being overturned by a conservative-majority court with Kennedy gone.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014 pushed for the RHA’s passage, along with nine other planks in a women’s equality platform that also dealt with gender discrimination in housing and the workplace, as well as anti-trafficking measures. All of those bills have become law, save for the abortion-rights plank.

Presumptive Republican nominee Marc Molinaro last month in Albany said he opposed the RHA, but would not touch existing abortion rights.

“I do not believe in the expansion to late-term abortion,” Molinaro said, while referring to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s father, the late former Gov. Mario Cuomo, “Like his father, I have a personal belief. But I also believe it’s settled law.”

But abortion rights won’t just be an issue aired in the gubernatorial campaign. The attorney general’s office is open and the state Senate, where Republicans hold the narrowest of narrow majorities, is potentially up for grabs.

The bill was the subject of a see-saw battle in the state Senate at the end of the year, with Democratic lawmakers and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul attempting to add the provision as a hostile amendment, a procedural move that highlighted the 31-31 split in the chamber.

Republicans have insisted the measure is an unwarranted expansion of existing abortion rights and is largely an academic argument — one that will likely seem less academic in the coming months.