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Jewish Bioethics Quiz

When 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. True or false: In some situations, Jewish law actually requires a woman to have an abortion.


Question 3. From a Jewish perspective, what is the best way of screening for genetic diseases?
 Carrier screening
 Pre-implantation screening
 Prenatal testing
 No screening is allowed at any point


Question 4. 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 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. 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 7. 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 8. True or False: There is a case of genetic engineering in the Bible.


Question 9. True or false: The Jewish community has a poor track record of post-mortem organ donation.


Question 10. 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