In Jewish law, an unborn fetus is not considered a person. Rather, the fetus is regarded as a part of the mother’s body and not a separate being until it begins to exit the womb during childbirth.Read more
Texts and Traditions
The intersection of Jewish law, Jewish ethics, and general ethical principles.
According to Jewish law, human life begins when the child's head emerges from the womb.
Traditional sources point to the cessation of breathing as the moment of death.
The Talmud maintains the prohibition on active killing, even with the terminally ill.
Four texts dealing with non-traditional forms of insemination.
Jewish authorities do not object to fertility technology, but they have some caveats.
Contemporary Jewish thinkers have expressed a wide range of opinions on this issue.
Many issues related to these topics have yet to be addressed in Judaism.
In light of the Jewish obligation to save lives.
Rabbis raise (and in some cases, answer) moral questions about surrogacy.
Jewish thinkers balance the desires to preserve life and alleviate suffering.
A Jewish perspective.
Jewish ethicists approve of therapeutic cloning, but have trouble with reproductive cloning.
Test-tube conception might be okay, but where should unneeded genetic material go?
The Jewish community has a poor track record when it comes to organ donations.