Laws did not cause euthanasia rise

Researchers analysing trends in euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide before and after the introduction of the laws in 2002 found “the incidence of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide is comparable with that in the period before the law”.

The study, published in The Lancet, also found doctors reported ending life without explicit request less often after the laws were introduced and that euthanasia and physician assisted suicide “did not shift to different patient groups”. “Euthanasia is still mostly undertaken in younger people, cancer patients, and in general practice