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. Which of the following biblical characters seems to have requested an assisted suicide?
Question 2. According to Jewish law, is the morning-after pill permitted?
Yes, because the fertilized egg does not count as a pregnancy until 40 days have passed
Yes, because the fetus is not viable on its own, and thus doesn't count as a person
No, because all forms of abortion are prohibited
No, because abortions have to be performed by specially trained Jewish doctors in order for them to be sanctioned by halakhah
Question 3. The concept of a surrogate mother is introduced in the Bible with which characters?
Hagar and Sarah
Hannah and Peninah
Rachel and Leah
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. 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. In the Talmud, the vital sign distinguishing life and death is
the heart beating
the ability to say the name of God
Question 7. True or false: In some situations, Jewish law actually requires a woman to have an abortion.
Question 8. 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 9. True or False: All Jews are pro-choice.
Question 10. What is the rabbinic position on stem cell research?
The majority of contemporary halakhic authorities sanction it
The majority of contemporary halakhic authorities prohibit it
It is prohibited because equally good cells can be gathered from an umbilical chord
It was forbidden by the rabbis of the Talmud, but has been permitted by contemporary Orthodox authorities