Instead, the court accepted June Medical Services as an appropriate plaintiff in the case, clearing the way for Jones to issue a ruling.
Jones in October temporarily blocked the Georgia law from going into effect while the case plays out in court, but the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia wants the injunction to be permanent. The law was scheduled to go into effect last January.
The group, on behalf of several abortion rights advocates and providers, sued the state, saying Georgia's law violates a woman's constitutional right to abortion. Attorneys for the state believe the law should be allowed to take effect.