By Zhang Yundi
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Around a week ago, three student protesters were barred from boarding on the airplane to Beijing. Alex Chow, Nathan Law and Eason Chung are Hong Kong students who were leaders in the student association and they played important roles in the pro-democracy protests that happened recently. On 15th Nov, they showed up at Hong Kong airport aiming to fly to Beijing and many supporters with yellow umbrellas in their hands were at the airport to greet them. However, when they were trying to board passes for a flight of Cathay Pacific, they were told their Home Return Permits had been cancelled by mainland authority, which means they cannot get on the plane.[i]
By Yeung Ho Wai
The widespread fear of Ebola virus has increased the tension in the world. Workplace has no exception. In respond to the precaution of Ebola, the employers restrict their employees’ access to workplace under certain condition. There is a policy that bars the potentially exposed employee from returning to work for 21 days after travelling to the impacted areas like West Africa. Definitely, employers are responsible to protect their employees and customers by preventing the spread of disease in workplace. However, there are legal risks that the employees may get involved in unfair labor practice. Such health emergency policies may actually harm the employees’ privacy.
By Yao Yi Yun
On August 25, 2013, a self-help travel tourist fell off a cliff in A Cheng Diao kettle Scenic Spot. The cliff is 55 meters high and when the police reached the bottom of the cliff, the tourist was found dead. Emergency personnel carried out on-site rescue but the miracle didn’t occur. Subsequently, notified families rushed to the scene to deal with the funeral. According to what the witness said, there was a fence on the edge of the cliff and many other tourists warned the tourist that taking photo over the fence was fairly dangerous.
By Xu Mengyao
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Nowadays, the abortion issue seems to be got back to title aspirations. On September 27th, a group of women in Ireland lifted underpants to support the legalization of abortion. Three days later, On September 30th, Brazilian citizens also carried catafalques to endeavor for it. As one of the most heated issue, abortion never fails to arouse ethical debates. This blog will first look at this problem by analyzing current situations, and then move on to recommended solutions.
Analysis on Abortion
(i) Why choose abortion?
The reasons for women who conducted abortion can be manifold. Some married women choose to abandon those delicate lives because of poverty. Some unmarried women decide to do so due to the ethical problems and pressure arising from the surroundings. However, laws are never flexible for every single affair.
(ii) Current situations
Abortion is currently illegal in a large number of countries, most of which have religious beliefs. Embryos are treated as individual lives enjoying the same living right as babies and even adults. To put it another way, abortion is seen as murdering in those countries.
However, in some other countries, abortion seems to be generally acceptable by both the public and the law but relevant medical security system has not been reinforced in turn. According to China’s abortion provisions law, abortion is generally accepted under most circumstances, and some prohibition is not that powerful at all. According to Susheela Singh (2010), some poorer women are more likely to turn to traditional practitioners and unsafe methods, and therefore to experience health complications.
(iii) Ethical contradiction
Whether abortion is disguised murdering bears an ocean of debates. Certain boundaries to distinguish embryos from babies cannot perform efficiently in most of the circumstances. “If we get the ‘Life Issue wrong we’ve got it all wrong.” Steve Ray strongly stated in one of his article in 2011. Consequently, the ambiguity in defining “right” and “wrong” just arises from here.
From another perspective, the legal right of women is also well worth concerns. Those pregnant women who seek for abortion may have no extra competence to bring up their babies in most cases. Under no circumstances should it be decided by others what kind of life they are going to lead. Such opinion can be supported by Thomas L. Hayes, “the human individual develops biologically in a continuous fashion … the rights of a human person might develop in the same way”
- Recommended Solutions
From my perspective, abortion should not be absolutely banned. To largely eliminate the negative effects, I suggest that the solutions separated into three levels as following:
Instead of banning abortion with absoluteness, I suggest that abortion be partly permitted with strict limitations and following formal procedures, which should be regulated by domestic laws. With legal grounds，such issue could be normalized to a large degree. Relevant regulations such as household registration system in China should also be reformed to back up such adjustments.
A major method to get laws effective is to strictly restrict the acceptable situations, which comes to the responsibility of the government. On the one hand, the government is responsible to guarantee impartiality of the previously mentioned procedure. On the other hand, it is also the government’s duty to reinforce the supervision of the hospitals in case that any one conducts illegal abortion.
(iii)Public & Individual
Public respect should be given to pregnant women regardless of their marital status. Last but not least, women should be responsible for their behaviors not only for being mothers, but also for being independent individuals.
- Susheela S. (2010). Abortion Worldwide: A Decade of Uneven Progress. Guttmacher Institute. Retrieved from: http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/Abortion-Worldwide.pdf
- Deborah M. & Donna C. (2011). Abortion: Facts and Figures. Population Reference Bureau. Retrieved from: http://www.prb.org/pdf11/abortion-facts-and-figures-2011.pdf
- Steve R. (2011). Should This Baby Be Aborted? You Decide.
- Mary Anne Warren. (1997). On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion. Retrieved from http://www.amber-hinds.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/warren-moralandlegalstatusofabortion.pdf
- Thomas L. Hayes(1999). A Biological View. Commonweal
- Law of the People’s Republic of China on Maternal and Infant Health Care (Adopted at the Tenth Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Eighth National People’s Congress on October 27, 1994, promulgated by Order No.33 of the President of the People’s Republic of China on October 27, 1994, and effective as of June 1, 1995), Articles 18-19, 32, 36-37.*
By Wong Man Chi Vanessa
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10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman
As observed from the above video, if you are female, chances that you will be more likely to suffer from degrading catcalling behaviour primarily projected by men. There has always been a global trend of women having to endure unsolicited comments from strangers in public spaces, where the activity isn’t as regulated as, say, a workplace or campus. Hong Kong has recently shone a bit of light on the issue, when female Occupy/Umbrella Movement protestors were verbally assaulted by assailants, but the question remains as large: how much harm can catcalling inflict, and how can we prosecute it?
By Qi Jufeng
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Alibaba’s IPO with US$68 per share refreshed the record, which made it well-known globally (Mac, 2014). This was not the end of miracle. On November 11, Tmall, B2C online retail of Alibaba, hit the total volume 57.1billion RMB in one day (Arakali, 2014). The share price also reached the highest value on that day (Jin, 2014). Obviously, consumers contributed greatly to Alibaba’s success. Nevertheless, infringements on consumers’ rights and interests were prevalent on Tmall during this 11-11 shopping spree.