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. 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 2. Which of the following denominations allow organ donation?
All of the above
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. Couples should be genetically screened
Before they get married
In the week after they get married
After they have conceived a child
Between their first and second children
Question 5. According to traditional Jewish sources, when does death occur?
When the heart stops beating
When breathing totally and irreversibly ceases
When a person says the Shema and closes his/her eyes for the last time
Any of the above
Question 6. True or false: Judaism sees the termination of a pregnancy as murder.
Question 7. 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 8. 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 9. According to Jewish law, actively hastening the death of a dying person is akin to what?
Putting a stumbling block in front of a blind person
Question 10. The traditional Jewish principle guiding end-of-life decisions is that nothing can be done to hasten death, but _____________ can be removed.
Anything that hindrances death
Feeding tubes and IVs
Medications other than those that combat pain