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, actively hastening the death of a dying person is akin to what?
Putting a stumbling block in front of a blind person
Question 2. 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 3. From a Jewish perspective, what is the best way of screening for genetic diseases?
No screening is allowed at any point
Question 4. True or false: The Jewish community has a poor track record of post-mortem organ donation.
Question 5. The concept of a surrogate mother is introduced in the Bible with which characters?
Hagar and Sarah
Hannah and Peninah
Rachel and Leah
Question 6. According to some Orthodox rabbinic authorities there is concern that the use of donor sperm to impregnate a woman who was having trouble conceiving would constitute what?
Question 7. 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 8. 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 9. True or false: Jewish law always forbids organ donation.
Question 10. True or False: All Jews are pro-choice.