Liberal Justice Sotomayor says U.S. Supreme Court 'mistakes' can be fixed

Liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor said on Thursday the U.S. Supreme Court's "mistakes" in high-profile cases can be corrected over time 

As she adopted a positive tone ahead of a decision in which its conservative majority is expected to curtail abortion rights. 

Sotomayor, speaking in Washington at the annual meeting of a liberal legal group, did not directly address last month's publication of a leaked draft opinion in the abortion case 

But Sotomayor said she believes the court can help people "regain the public's confidence" in government institutions. 

The leaked draft ruling, authored by conservative Samuel Alito, indicated that the court's conservative majority is set to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. 

The court has a 6-3 conservative majority, with Sotomayor one of three liberal justices. 

"Institutions are made up by humans. Because we are human, by necessity we make mistakes. 

It is the nature of the human enterprise," Sotomayor told the American Constitution Society meeting. 

Asked why lawyers on the left should have hope, Sotomayor said they have no choice but to fight. 

"There are days I get discouraged, there are moments where I am deeply disappointed," she said. "Every time I do that, I lick my wounds for a while, sometimes I cry, and then I say: 'Let's fight.'"