The purpose of the release may have been to:
elicit massive protests eliciting ‘adjustments’ in the opinion.
force wavers, Roberts, Barrett, Kavanaugh, to firm up so as not to appear to cave to public pressure.
push people to the polls and to activism.
throw the court into an even lower trust level.
reduce the credibility of the court in light of Alito’s disparaging and contemptuous tone toward justices finding for Roe.
The reaction if Roe is overturned might be:
calexit and the like, pushing some states to realize that despite larger populations, to many states with small populations will continue to control the outcome of court decisions, not the will of the majority, in some particular issues, a vast majority, of the people. (Many of the minority opinion believe it is their duty to stand against the majority because they represent not the people’s will but god’s will. Ref: Sodom and Gomorrah)
the rise of support networks to get women safe abortions either here or abroad (since there is talk of Congress passing a bill outlawing abortion nationwide)
a rise in emergency services in light of the figures Barbara McQuade cited: pre-Roe 4000 botched abortion cases showing up in Chicago ERs every week.
cities become islands e.g. Atlanta in Georgia, Tucson in Arizona, Austin in Texas, and so on.
the credibility of SCOTUS is destroyed as its totally political nature is revealed.
party lines will harden to an 1861 level and the election of a president, with or without voter fraud and voter suppression, firmly committed to one or the other position, sets off some form of national partition. At least parties will lose all semblance of being anything but ideological fronts rather than pursuing reasonable policies directed to all citizens.
precedent in the judiciary becomes “moot.”
And it should be pointed out that the word ‘unprecedented’ names exactly what Trump voters were aiming for, actions in economics, immigration, finance, business, the military, foreign affairs, health care, education and on and on that are unprecedented. They got it.