I believe that there should be the option to end ones life if they believe this is what they want.
However as was put forward last night by Terry Pratchett, it should not be done for trivial reasons, this option should only allowed when there is no medical option for cure
If i was suffering an illness that meant i would suffer until the end of my days then i would take this option, i would hate for my family to remember me as someone who withered away racked with pain/disability etc. and frequently this happens.
Likewise i don't think this option of assisted suicide should be seen as a way of 'offloading' elderly members of the family when they become a burden.
The stories that have been in the press over the last few years cover a number of different scenarios, some of which i could agree with and other i couldn't....
My only concern comes when a person suffers from an illness/disability who cannot communicate effectively but yet may be mentally astute, how wuld they then communicate their wishes, or object to their relatives wishes?