A Catholic nursing home in Belgium is being fined for refusing to help a terminally ill patient end her life. The Catholic Herald reports that the patient asked to be put to death by lethal injection. But the nursing home declined this request by blocking the doctor who would administer the injection from seeing her.

After the patient died days later, her family sued the nursing home for causing their mother “unnecessary mental and physical suffering.” A federal court in Belgium then ordered the care home to pay more than $6,000 for their actions. The judges who presided over the case say “the nursing home had no right to refuse euthanasia on the basis of conscientious objection.” READ MORE