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Framing of the Debate Is Key


GERALD SEIB

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Wall Street Journal
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Media/Opinion
Date:
2/21/2012

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ABSTRACTIn Catholic Contraception Debate, Framing of the Issue Is Key - WSJ.com nullnull WSJ WSJ Facebook Twitter MarketWatch MarketWatch Barron's Barron's SmartMoney SmartMoney AllThingsDigital AllThingsDigital FINS FINS More BigCharts Virtual Stock Exchange Financial News WSJ Asia WSJ India WSJ China chinese edition WSJ Japan japanese edition WSJ Europe WSJ Deutschland WSJ Americas en Español em Português WSJ Radio WSJ Wine SEARCH | The Wall Street Journal Capital Journal Welcome, Logout Customer Center My Journal Help Message Center ( new) U.S. Edition Home ↓ More WSJ.com is available in the following editions and languages: U.S. Asia India China Japan Europe Deutschland Americas en Español em Português Register for FREE Register for FREE Thank you for registering. We sent an email to: Please click on the link inside the email to complete your registration Please register to gain free access to WSJ tools. An account already exists for the email address entered. Forgot your username or password? This service is temporary unavailable due to system maintenance. Please try again later. The username entered is already associated with another account. Please enter a different username The email address you have entered is already in use. Please re-enter the email address. First Name Last Name Email (your email address will be your login) Confirm Email Create a Password Confirm Password Company Size (Optional) Please make a selection 1-99 100-499 500-999 1,000-2,499 2,500-4,999 5,000-9,999 10,000-14,999 15,000-24,999 25,000+ Not Applicable From time to time, we will send you e-mail announcements on new features and special offers from The Wall Street Journal Online. Create a profile for me in the Journal Community Why Register? Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions As a registered user of The Wall Street Journal Online, you will be able to: Setup and manage your portfolio Personalize your own news page Receive and manage newsletters Login/Register to set your edition Today's Paper People In The News Video Blogs Journal Community Subscribe Log In World » More World » More Loading… U.S. » More U.S. » More Loading… New York » More New York » More Loading… Business » More Business » More Loading… Markets » More Markets » More Loading… Tech » More Tech » More Loading… Personal Finance » More Personal Finance » More Loading… Life & Culture » More Life & Culture » More Loading… Opinion » More Opinion » More Loading… Careers » More Careers » More Loading… Real Estate » More Real Estate » More Loading… Small Business » More Small Business » More Loading… Election 2012 Washington Wire The Obama Budget Capital Journal Economy San Francisco Bay Area WSJ/NBC News Poll Journal Reports Columns & Blogs Election 2012 follow wsj election coverage: Close Close Close Politics & Policy Newsletter Sign Up Signed Up Campaign Alerts Sign Up Signed Up Manage Email Newsletters » Subscribe now for full election coverage » Latest News Races Polls Video Campaign Finance Delegate Tracker Dow Jones Reprints: This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. To order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers, use the Order Reprints tool at the bottom of any article or visit www.djreprints.com See a sample reprint in PDF format. Order a reprint of this article now CAPITAL JOURNAL February 21, 2012 On Contraception, Framing of the Debate Is Key By GERALD SEIB Article Video Comments more in Capital Journal | Find New $LINKTEXTFIND$ » Email Print Save ↓ More smaller Larger In political debate, the side that prevails often is the side that manages to define the issue in the way it prefers. And so it is with the still-simmering debate between church and state over insurance coverage of contraception. If the issue is defined as a question of birth control in the weeks and months ahead, the Obama administration and Democrats will have the upper hand. If Republicans succeed in defining the issue as a question of religious liberty, the balance will shift in their direction. WSJ Washington bureau chief Jerry Seib joins the News Hub to discuss how the method of debating such pivotal issues such as the topic of insurance coverage of contraception can be key to the campaign. AP Photo. The one thing that's clear is that this debate—over whether the government can require Catholic institutions to provide contraceptive services to their employees—isn't over. More likely, the argument is merely shifting to new ground, to Congress, where legislation that seeks to change the policy sits on the runway, and to the presidential-campaign trail, where the effort to define the issue is likely to contin.......