The speculation about Justice Anthony Kennedy retiring has been swirling for some time but it just got a new infusion of energy thanks to Senator Dean Heller (R-Nevada).

On the campaign trail, Heller made a statement that indicated Kennedy may retire sooner rather than later.

Audio of Nevada’s Dean Heller speaking at a recent event in Las Vegas obtained by POLITICO showed his view that the departure of the justice would be a boost for his reelection campaign this fall.

“Kennedy is going to retire around sometime early summer,” Heller, who is viewed as vulnerable in November after Hillary Clinton won Nevada in 2016.

LifeNews.com naturally welcomed the news from Senator Heller.

Since 1973, pro-life people have been yearning for the day that a majority pro-life Supreme Court would overturn Roe v Wade. Although the high court has been closely divided over the years it has always stayed at least one vote on the pro-abortion side.

Justice Anthony Kennedy is one of those votes in favor of keeping Roe vs Wade in place and its allowance for virtually unlimited abortions nationwide. But the latest news today indicates he may possibly be retiring this summer — opening the door for another justice who respects the value of human life or at least the rule of law without using the Supreme Court to invent a fictitious right to abortion.

Whether Heller’s prediction is true or not, the specter of Kennedy’s impending retirement will raise the stakes for the 2018 mid-term elections. Democrats will be desperate to regain control of the Senate in order to eliminate any threat to their sacred Roe v Wade decision.