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Texans vary on social issues facing Legislature

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A majority of Texans want women to get a sonogram before an abortion, but don't support legislative efforts to defund medical practices that provide abortions, according to a new public policy poll.

The poll by non-partisan group Texas Lyceum showed that 58 percent of likely voters support a new law requiring doctors to do a sonogram before performing an abortion. Abortion has been a hot-button issue dominating debate in the legislative session.

But Texans don't support attempts by conservative lawmakers to strip state funding from all hospitals and clinics that provide abortions or "abortion-related services." Poll numbers show 58 percent of likely voters oppose the measure.

The majority of those polled want Arizona-type immigration legislation, with 63 percent of likely voters saying they would support a law.