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《 They are life but not medical waste》

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Reported by Leung Sze Wai


By the Hong Kong Legislation, at least 24 weeks old to classify as a still-birth baby, 174 Births and Deaths Registration Ordinance is difficult to find a legal burial or cremation service for it and treat the stillbirth as “medical waste”.


“Once they alive, they are life” Vicar General Reverend Father Dominic Chan Chi-ming shared the cases and the opinion of the issue that how to settle the burial to the students in Hong Kong Shue Yan University.


Hong Kong Catholic set up the first stillbirth cemetery, Angel Garden for those under 24 weeks and uncertified stillbirth. “Even stillbirths were not able to come with us, but they are also a life” said Father Chan.


Famous artist Dicky Cheung Wai Kin’s wife, also experienced miscarriage. “Our baby recognised as medical waste. We could not even bury it, and our family took a long time to get out of the haze,” he shared. Dicky believes that, if the Angel Garden opened earlier in time, they could have a place for remembrance and visit their baby and feeling better. He clarified there is nothing harm to take this move.


Father Chan will continue to focus on issues such as the legal abortion cycle. He believes that the Hong Kong government should adjust the boundaries of the maturity cycle. He said that the maturity line of the fetus has been basically established in the United States and elsewhere, and 18 weeks is life. However, Hong Kong is still set up for 24 weeks.He said “Hong Kong as an advanced city should depress the route. We hope to shorten from the current 24 weeks to 20 weeks, but it is still too early to make any changes at this stage.”

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