Jewish Bioethics QuizWhen Jewish thinkers consider issues like euthanasia, abortion, and organ donation, they articulate diverse positions on the relationship between Jewish law, Jewish ethics, and secular ethics. How much do you know about Jewish bioethics?
Question 1. Nazis claimed that
Jews were predisposed toward breast cancer
Jews were predisposed to be very smart
Jews were genetically inferior to non-Jews
Jews all wanted to be blond
Question 2. What is the one principle that can be singled out for its prominence in Jewish bioethical discourse?
God is at the center of all decision making
There is a duty to save and preserve human life wherever possible
Preventing pain is the most important factor in all medical decisions
Both A and C
Question 3. According to Jewish law, when does a fetus acquire the rights of a person?
When it is conceived
When its movements are perceptible by the mother
When it reaches its due date
When it is born
Question 4. According to Jewish law, the permissibility for a healthy person to donate an organ (such as a kidney) is dependent on what?
Whether or not one is a priest
Whether or not one is a religiously observant person
The risk of the procedure
Whether or not the recipient is a religiously observant Jew
Question 5. BRCA1 and BRCA2 are
Lung diseases common in Sephardic families
Asthma conditions common in the Hasidic community
Breast cancer genes commonly found in Jewish women
Screening procedures for Jewish genetic diseases
Question 6. Which of these legal and ethical issues are still up for debate among Jewish authorities?
If several people need a given organ, how do we decide who gets priority?
Can organs be sold?
Can organs be used without permission?
All of these
None of these
Question 7. True or false: Jewish law always forbids organ donation.
Question 8. True or False: There is a case of genetic engineering in the Bible.
Question 9. Which Jewish tenet overrides all others in the debate regarding whether organ donation should be permissible acccording to Jewish law?
Saving a life
Love your neighbor like yourself
Question 10. True or false: The Jewish community has a poor track record of post-mortem organ donation.