I've been a huge fan of Mr. Prachett's for years, and was extremely sad two years ago when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Reading his statement, which I've linked above, really only further solidified my opinions on the issue-I have always been in favor of being able to die in a dignified fashion.
Are you for or against people selecting their own time to die? If you're generally against it, would someone's suffering from a terminal illness change your position?
Most of the folks in the UK who are still of a mind to make these kinds of preparations are heading to clinics in Switzerland where they can have assisted suicides.
Personally, I don't like that term, but it is, in essense what it is. Needless to say, I would rather like the choice if fate decides I am going to get that much warning.
I'm also a huge fan of Sir Terry and like Anna, was gutted when I heard that he had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers. For a man whose brain is quite that remarkable, to be in a position to have to watch it deteriorate, must be horrible.
Do I have any ethical objection to someone making plans for how they should pass? No. If they can make that choice and want to depart with a little dignity rather than be a burden to loved ones, or seeing out their days in hospitals or old folks homes etc. why deny them that.
Anyone with religious objections should feel free to voice their opinions, but not take away someone's rights to what little quality of life they may have left.
Anyway, if it turns out there are higher powers, I'm sure they have 'got it covered' if a slap on the wrist for suicide is needed.