Look Who Just Donated $250,000 to Planned Parenthood
Instead of spending money on an Emmy campaign — one TV sitcom took a very controversial route
The comedy sitcom “Mom” has donated $250,000 to the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.
“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,” the show’s co-creator and executive producer, Chuck Lorre, said on “CBS This Morning” Thursday.
“Our show is all about women, and we don’t shy away from dealing with all issues that affect women and families.”
The CBS and Warner Bros. TV sitcom took a highly political stance on Thursday.
“It’s not a statement about the Emmys. We’d love to be included, but it just seemed like such a better way to put that money to work,” Lorre said.
“Mom” star Allison Janney and Lorre “launched the effort to raise awareness of the threat to Planned Parenthood funding as the Republican-backed American Health Care Act makes its way through Congress,” Variety.com reported Thursday.
On the “CBS This Morning” appearance, Janney and Lorre reportedly encouraged “fans to donate to the non-profit family planning and health care org through a special link established as part of the ‘Mom’ campaign,” according to Variety.
Conservative lawmakers have repeatedly tried to stop taxpayer funding from going toward the support of the abortion industry.
“Generous support from our community fuels this work, and we are honored that the team behind ‘Mom’ is launching this campaign at this critical time,” said Sue Dunlap, president-CEO of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The “Mom” plot revolves around a newly sober single mom navigating her life.
“It makes sense,” Janey, 57, said on “CBS This Morning.” “Our show is all about women, and we don’t shy away from dealing with all issues that affect women and families.”
“Planned Parenthood is such an important organization that helps gives health services to millions of women and families,” Janey went on. “It’s in danger. The House of Representatives voted to defund it. It made sense that we stand up now and say something and encourage other people to donate to this organization.”
In the past, the show has earned Emmy nominations.
“In its first three seasons, ‘Mom’ earned five Emmy nominations. Three of those nods have been for Janney, resulting in two wins for Best Supporting Actress,” as TV Guide noted. “For the first time, Janney will be competing … for this year’s race for ‘Mom’s’ fourth season.”