7/31/12 — On July 11, the Lancet published the long-awaited 2010 euthanasia statistics based on a meta-analysis by a group of researchers.
I responded to the report by publishing an article titled: Lancet study proves significant increase in euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands.
Most of the media reported that the 2010 euthanasia statistics in the Netherlands are similar to the euthanasia numbers from 2001, before legalization. This position was based on the conclusion in the study that stated:
“8 years after the enactment of the Dutch euthanasia law, the incidence of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide is comparable with that in the period before the law.”
Is this a true statement?