Mercy killing, or euthanasia (greek, means good killing), is the practice of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering. Euthanasia is the deliberate advancement of a person"s death for the benefit of that person. These are the two types of mercy killing and the moral and legal reference toward them is different. Active euthanasia is prohibited in most of the countries, whereas the moral and legal discussion is regarding passive euthanasia. Canadian parliament abolishes suicide and attempted suicide as crimes under the criminal code: 1980. First pro-euthanasia group (dying with dignity) is founded in canada: 1983. Law reform commission of canada release report on euthanasia, aiding suicide and. Cessation of treatment & recommend decriminalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide: 1987. Law reform commission releases proposed changes to criminal code & recommend that mercy killing get treated as 2nd-degree rather than 1st-degree murder (premeditated).