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 the Talmud, when does a soul enter a baby's body?
After the first trimester
When the child first answers Amen to a blessing
No one knows
Question 2. From a Jewish perspective, what is the best way of screening for genetic diseases?
No screening is allowed at any point
Question 3. According to Jewish law, which of the following is true of abortion?
Life begins at conception, so abortion is tantamount to murder
Traditional Jewish law does not consider a fetus to be a human being
If a woman's life is endangered by her pregnancy she still must have the baby
Abortion is permissible under all circumstances; the rabbis did not claim ownership over women's bodies
Question 4. Which of the following denominations allow organ donation?
All of the above
Question 5. According to Jewish law, what is a goses?
A terminally ill patient, who is expected to die within 72 hours
Someone who has been given a terminal diagnosis, but whose life expectancy is unknown
A corpse within one day after death
A person who wants to die
Question 6. True or false: In some situations, Jewish law actually requires a woman to have an abortion.
Question 7. 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 8. According to Jewish law, is therapeutic genetic engineering and gene manipulation sanctioned?
It is sanctioned because it may help save lives in the future
It is prohibited, because it does not help save lives in the present
Is it prohibited because it is tampering with God's work
It is sanctioned because it is fixing God's mistakes
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. True or false: Jewish law always forbids organ donation.