For the first time in modern history, a draft decision from the Supreme Court has leaked while a case is still pending. The draft decision in question would overturn Roe v. Wade entirely, and Politico itself, which published the leak, stated that the leaked decision "is bound to intensify the debate over what was already the most controversial case on the docket this term."
We can safely infer that the leak of a decision for a case still in a highly controversial contest within the court was done specifically to "intensify the debate" outside the court. In other words, someone on the pro-Roe side wants ginned-up outrage outside the court to influence the decision-making inside the court.
Let's ignore the substance of the alleged decision, written by Justice Samuel Alito. The real controversy is the leak itself, as egregious an attempt to terrorize justices into stealing a court decision as the Jan. 6 riots were an attempt to terrorize congressmen into stealing a presidency. Countless sources around the court already opine to anyone willing to listen that the justices will surely need extra security after the release of their decisions for the infamous Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization case, which challenges the constitutionality of Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban. But what about now — now that the most unhinged adherents of the pro-choice movement know that they're on the cusp of losing but their cause is not quite lost just yet? Desperation is always dangerous, especially in a matter such as abortion — a literal matter of life or death.
Much ink will be spilled over the actual draft of the decision — which again, may not even reflect the final majority decision. But as far as the integrity of our judicial process goes, the leak poses a much greater threat to our constitutional order as a whole.