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Garden of remembrance: a home for dead embryos

出自香港新聞網 - 樹仁新傳系學生實習習作

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By Tony Mak 12 March,2019


Law should be regulated to legalise public cemetery for burying dead embryos under 24 weeks, says a Father at the assembly of Shue Yan University.


Dominic Chan, Vicar General of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese said dead embryos which are less than 24 weeks are treated as medical waste according to Hong Kong Law, therefore lots of dead embryos are not buried well as the perspective of Catholic.


“Every dead embryo should be respected and treated as human,” Chan said. He said the government has already accepted the applications to differentiate areas for burying dead embryos under 24 weeks in 5 private cemeteries in Hong Kong.


However, Chan said the government should follow the standards of foreign countries like the United State, which treats dead embryos under 20 weeks as medical waste, so dead embryos over 20 weeks are treated as normal human remains and can be buried.


Moreover, Chan said ‘’Garden of remembrance’’ is not only a “home” for dead embryos under 24 weeks, but also a place that can relieve the pain and sadness of the parents.


“Most of the parents would blame on themselves,” he added. He said ‘’Garden of remembrance’’ provides a place for them to grieve their children and help them overcome the issue.


Dicky Cheung, a well-known artist and catholic shared the experience of miscarriage of his wife, and said people pay less attention and care for male. “Don’t overlook the pain of male.”


Chan said if there was ‘’Garden of remembrance’’ at that time, he and his wife would overcome the issue easier. “As a civilized society, Hong Kong needs a place like Garden of remembrance.”

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