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Belgian Catholic nursing home fined for refusing euthanasia

July 05, 2016

A Catholic nursing home in Belgium has been fined for refusing to euthanize a patient.

A civil court in Louvain ruled that the St. Augustine home had "no right to refuse euthanasia on the basis of conscientious objection." Under Belgian law doctors can refuse to administer lethal injections, but the court said that this "conscience clause" protection applies only to individuals, not to institutions. 

The patient, a 74-year-old woman with lung cancer, was eventually taken from the nursing home to her own home, where a doctor provided the fatal dose. The court ruled that St. Augustine home should pay a fine of €3,000 ($3,320), and €1,000 to each of the deceased woman's three children, because of her "unnecessary mental and physical suffering." 

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  • Posted by: rjbennett1294 - Jul. 05, 2016 5:29 PM ET USA

    This kind of immoral thinking and behavior can only lead to the eventual disintegration of the European Union. No society grounded on such a depraved and unprincipled philosophy can survive in the long run. No such society ever has. Meanwhile, Islam is slowly filling the spiritual vacuum in Europe, and it will continue to do so. There is no individual and no institution that would even dream of trying to stop it.