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Belgian Court Rules Catholic Nursing Home Cannot Refuse Patients' Euthanization

Belgian Court Rules Catholic Nursing Home Cannot Refuse Patients' Euthanization

July 8, 2016

A Catholic nursing home in Belgium faces a 6,000 euro fine for refusing to allow doctors to euthanize a woman on their property.

Mariette Buntjens was a 74-year-old woman living in the Sint-Augustinus Catholic care home in northern Belgium. Buntjens, who was suffering from terminal lung cancer, had arranged an end-of-life plan with her doctor. However, when Buntjens wished to receive the lethal injection, the nursing home denied the doctor access to the property.

Buntjens’s relatives transported her to her home, where the injection was administered by her doctor “in peaceful...

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