AceShowbiz - Abortion rights took centre stage at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, May 18, as activists staged a red carpet demonstration before a documentary premiere about the hot topic.
Director Juan Solanas explores the issue in "Let It Be Law", about the battle to legalise abortions in Argentina, where lawmakers rejected a proposal last year (18), leading women's rights supporters to hit the streets in protest.
They have since adopted green handkerchiefs as a symbol of the pro-choice campaign, and shortly before the film was screened at the annual French event, dozens of women involved in the project took the opportunity to show their support by waving the coloured accessories in front of photographers.
They also carried a large banner promoting their cause, which will be hitting headlines in Argentina again later this month as a new version of the bill to allow terminations is set to be introduced to Congress.
The red carpet demonstration took place as women's rights come under scrutiny in the U.S., where politicians in a series of conservative states, including Georgia and Alabama, have voted to outlaw almost all abortions.
Lawmakers in Missouri became the latest to pass strict termination regulations on Friday, May 17, with the new HB 128 legislation banning terminations after eight weeks. Although there are exceptions for medical emergencies, babies conceived as a result of rape and/or incest are not permitted for abortion.
Republican Governor Mike Parson is expected to sign the bill into law in the coming days.