‘There will be a lot of disappointment in the law’

  • Judge Sonia Sotomayor said on Wednesday that “there will be many disappointments in the law.”
  • Sotomayor pointed to a recently passed Texas law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
  • “I can not change Texas law, but you can,” she told an audience at a virtual summit.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who has been sitting in the Supreme Court for 12 years, told law students in a speech Wednesday that work in the field does not come without disappointment.

“There are a lot of disappointments in the law, a huge amount,” Sotomayor said practically at a diversity summit hosted by the American Bar Association, according to the Washington Post and CNN.

“When you study cases and look at results you disagree with, it can get frustrating,” she continued, according to The Post. “Look at me, look at my disagreements.”

Sotomayor’s comments come on the heels of a highly worded disagreement she wrote earlier this month in which she criticized her co-judges for refusing to block a Texas law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.

“The court ruling is astounding,” she wrote of the controversial 5-4 vote, adding that the Texas statute is “flagrantly unconstitutional” and “a majority of judges have chosen to bury their heads in the sand.”

On Wednesday, Sotomayor urged the public to stand up to laws they are taking trouble with, e.g. Texas law.

“I can not change Texas law, but you can,” she said, The Post reported. “You can, and everyone else who may or may not like it, can go out there and be lobbying in changing laws that you don’t like.”

“But the point is, there are going to be a lot of things you don’t like,” Sotomayor added per The Post.

Justices’ remarks also come just days before a blockbuster Supreme Court hearing begins on Monday.

The court will consider a number of high-profile cases, including one on abortion. That case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, could threaten the constitutional right to an abortion guaranteed in the court’s 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling.

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