The Supreme Court 5-3 ruling is the court's first abortion decision in almost a decade. (Photo: iStock)

A divided U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas abortion restrictions that had threatened to close three-quarters of the state’s clinics by putting new requirements on facilities and doctors.

The 5-3 ruling is the court’s first abortion decision in almost a decade. It invalidates provisions that required clinics to meet hospital-like surgical standards and forced abortion doctors to get admitting privileges at a local hospital.

Texas said the rules safeguarded patient safety, while opponents said the real aim was to reduce access to abortion.

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