Magazine article The Quill

South Dakota Paper Refuses to Editorialize on Abortion Ban

Magazine article The Quill

South Dakota Paper Refuses to Editorialize on Abortion Ban

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The Argus Leader, the largest newspaper in South Dakota, is refusing to editorialize on the abortion ban recently passed by the state legislature, Editor & Publisher reported March 9.

"Part of it was that we wouldn't change people's minds, and part of it, regardless of which side we came down on this, is that people would read into it things that are not true," Chuck Baldwin, Argus Leader editorial page editor, told Eo-P. "People would think our coverage is tainted, and not just on abortion but on everything. Abortion is different from other issues. It is a hot-button issue at the core of everyone's soul. It will not change no matter what."

Argus Leader Editor Randall Beck wrote in a March 5 column, "We agonized, we argued, we spoke passionately and personally. …

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