I agree with you rook,(in terms of it being a 'cowards way out'), unless you've been to the point when you've almost committed suicide - how can any one know how that feels? I don't think its ever an easy decision or a 'cowards way'. They are just suffering and deeply. It's just that some people know how to handle and others don't, some people can get help others can't - what ever the situation.
On the topic of it being illegal - I couldn't help but laugh, what they gonna do? xD