CBS’s “Mom” Spearheads Effort to Support Planned Parenthood
Allison Janney, left, and Anna Faris star in CBS's long-running sitcom "Mom" (Photo by CBS).
BURBANK, Calif. – The acclaimed comedy series “Mom,” starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney, is spearheading a donation campaign to support Planned Parenthood in response to recent partisan political efforts to target America’s leading provider of women’s health care. The U.S. Senate is currently considering legislation that would block low-income patients from going to Planned Parenthood for preventive care, like birth control and cancer screenings. “Mom” co-creator/executive producer Chuck Lorre and Emmy-winning series star Janney broke the news of the initiative today, encouraging fans and concerned citizens to stand with Planned Parenthood by making donations via the ppaction.org/MOMsupport link and rallying support by using the #StandwithPP hashtag throughout social media.
“In Los Angeles County alone, we answer approximately 2,000 calls each day from people asking us for help,” says Sue Dunlap, President/CEO of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. “Across the country, millions of women and men are relying on Planned Parenthood health centers for their basic care — like birth control, life-saving cancer-screenings, and STD testing and treatment. We are committed to being here for them, no matter what. 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.”
In lieu of spending on an Emmy For Your Consideration campaign this year, the creative team behind “Mom” has decided instead to launch this public support campaign and make a $250,000 donation to support Planned Parenthood and the Los Angeles affiliate. The “Mom” initiative furthers Janney’s longstanding support of Planned Parenthood, which her family has championed “for generations,” and continues the ongoing commitment by Lorre and Faris to healthcare-related charities and educational efforts. Lorre has been a long-standing benefactor of the Venice (Calif.) Family Clinic, where he established the Robert Levine Family Health Center in his father’s name, and Faris supports The Global Alliance to Prevent Premature and Stillbirth (GAPPS), a global effort to drastically prevent prematurity and stillbirth.
Critically acclaimed for tackling serious topics such as substance abuse, addiction, suicide and more, “Mom” follows single mom Christy (Faris), who’s trying to get her life back on track after years of questionable choices. Testing her daily is her mother, Bonnie (Janney), who Christy still considers the root of her troubles. They must both work to overcome their mistakes and build a better future for their family.