She was there to support her new fiancé Joe Manganiello at a Magic Mike XXL premiere, but instead Sofia Vergara became the target of pro-life protesters.
Holding up signs with slogans like “Unfreeze your daughters, unfreeze your heart”, and “Persons not property”, the group were protesting against Vergara’s desire to destroy two frozen embryos she created with her ex-fiancé Nick Loeb.
The pair are currently locked in a lawsuit after Loeb launched a bid to prevent her from destroying the two female embryos created through IVF treatment six months before the couple called it quits.
The posters were on clear display as the actress arrived on the red carpet, but it’s not known if Vergara saw them.
According to court documents obtained by In Touch magazine, Loeb sued Vergara last August to "ensure that the female embryos" are kept safe because she "refuses to agree to their preservation under all circumstances".
In the documents, Vergara claims that her former fiance is trying to take advantage of her career by taking the fight public, while Loeb claims he is taking her to court because he views the embryos as his daughters. He says if he had known they would not be saved after they separated, he would not have agreed to the IVF treatment.
While a bitter celebrity break up isn't all that surprising to us, this one raises a new issue - what do you do with the embryos you and your partner created when you're no longer together?
According to Genea's Fertility Specialist, Dr Devora Lieberman, there are a few options you can consider.
“The embryo can be transferred into the woman, if her ex-partner consents, with the hope of making a baby,” she explains.
“Otherwise, the embryos can be discarded, donated to research or, in some clinics, they can be donated to other couples trying to have a baby.” (Post continues after gallery.)
If a couple aren't happy for the the embryos to be discarded by the clinic, another less common method (Dr Lieberman has only seen it done twice in 12 years) can also be used.
“There’s a very specific ‘implantation window’ in a woman’s menstrual cycle when the uterus is most likely to receive an embryo,” she explains.