If it’s a Presidential election year, there will be some issues emphasizing abortion. It’s as much a part of the quadrennial as primaries or leap years. This year promises to be no different with two separate incidents this week sure to rile partisans on both sides, which I’m sure is no accident. Here, we’ll look at the first one, Komen vs. Planned Parenthood. Tomorrow, I’ll write about Obama vs. Catholic hospitals, another battle being fought on this same set of issues.

This week, Planned Parenthood announced that Susan G. Komen for the Cure, an organization that has been in existence for 30 years, and which has the goal of defeating breast cancer, had stopped providing grants to its affiliates to provide breast cancer screenings. Last year, these grants amounted to about $700,000. Komen agrees with this set of facts. From there, we get into motivation, where the stories of the two sides diverge.

Komen insists that it had no choice but to stop the grants, since it has a new policy which forbids providing funding to organizations that are under investigation. Cliff Stearns, a Florida Representative, is investigating whether Planned Parenthood is using federal funds to pay for abortions, which is forbidden by law.

Planned Parenthood claims that this is a ruse. It contends that Komen recently chose a new senior vice president for public policy, Karen Handel, who is adamantly pro-life, and strongly opposes Planned Parenthood. It argues that Handel and her allies within Komen decided to make the funding change so that Handel could use this to establish her bona fides when she decides to run for public office again. Handel lost a gubernatorial campaign in Georgia not so long ago.

So, who cares? Planned Parenthood receives over $1,000,000,000 per year from different sources. To them, $600,000 is tip money, as we like to joke. They’ll get more than that in increased contributions this year, I’d guess. They’ve already, since this news came out on Tuesday, received a gift of $250,000 from some Texan oilman. Besides, it’s not as if Planned Parenthood sets out to be a nonpartisan organization. Their supporters, I’d bet, generally come from the West Coast and the Northeast. Luckily for them, there’s plenty of money in those places.

Komen is in a trickier situation. For years, because of its alliance with Planned Parenthood, a number of Catholic dioceses and Southern Baptist churches have refused to engage in its ubiquitous pink ribbon campaign. Now, these two religious organizations will support its goals. So, in the short term, Komen, I’d anticipate, will find an increase in contributions. But long term, I would guess, will find a much changed story.

Until now, Komen was in an ideal policy space. People from both the left and the right supported its noble cause. Once it has moved out of that space, though, a number of organizations that have aligned with it, including the NFL, which strives to stay out of the partisan arena, will move away from active support for fear of antagonizing some of its fans. The same is true for businesses that have coordinated with Komen. Why take a chance on losing a customer if you don’t have to.

Right now, the issue serves to get the juices running for both sides of this policy debate. And there’s still 9 months until the election.