Abolitionists sought to end slavery. They were a varied collection of reformers, and often disagreed about how to accomplish their goal. Both white reformers and many free blacks were active abolitionists.
Abolitionism is a bioethics movement which proposes the use of biotechnology to maximize happiness and minimize suffering. â€œAbolitionâ€ is used for the name of this movement, in the context of â€œthe abolition of suffering".