In lieu of spending on an Emmy FYC campaign this year, the creative team behind Mom has decided instead to launch a public support campaign and make a $250,000 donation to support Planned Parenthood and the Los Angeles affiliate.
Allison Janney has joined forces with Mom co-creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre to help raise awareness for the organization amid the American Health Care Act's threat to PP's funding.
For her part, Janney said, "It makes sense because our show is all about women, and we don't shy away from issues that affect women and families". Planned Parenthood's role as a provider of birth control and abortions has made the org a target of anti-abortion activists and some conservative lawmakers.
Indeed, an earlier vote on Planned Parenthood funding suggests Republicans have no votes left to spare on future fights on the matter. This news comes as the Senate is working on legislation that would block low-income patients from using the Planned Parenthood preventative care measures.
The comedy hopes its donation will encourage fans and non-fans alike to contribute to the national non-profit given the situation in Washington D.C. The American Health Care Act, which will repeal Obamacare and is now being considered by the U.S. Senate, would block Planned Parenthood from being reimbursed for providing services like birth control and cancer screenings to Medicaid recipients and other low-income patients. "It's such a critical time".
Planned Parenthood serves 2.5 million people a year throughout the country, include those in areas where other affordable health care facilities are not available.More news: Deadline to register to vote in General Election 2017 just days away
According to Variety, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles Sue Dunlap claimed Los Angeles county receives 2,000 calls a day from people wanting services and that birth control, cancer screenings, and STD testing and treatment will be out of reach for many without Planned Parenthood.
Lorre and Janney were both wearing Planned Parenthood pins and Janney was wearing an "I Stand With Planned Parenthood" t-shirt, which she showed off.
"When we discussed with Warner Brothers. what our Emmy campaign might be, I blurted out 'Let's give the money to Planned Parenthood!' and they took me seriously", Lorre said. She was nominated in the same category previous year.
Janney won back-to-back supporting comedy actress Emmys for her "Mom" in 2014 and 2015.
Over the past seasons, "Mom" has seen storylines involving topics including teen pregnancy, drug abuse, gambling addictions, domestic violence and homelessness. Faris supports the Global Alliance to Prevent Premature and Stillbirths.