An Orthodox understanding of Jewish law work to balance preserving life and alleviating suffering.
Beliefs & Practices
The Jewish position on abortion is nuanced, neither condoning it nor categorically prohibiting it.
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Rabbis across the denominational spectrum question the morality of surrogacy, but some believe that these concerns can be allayed.
Traditional rabbinic authorities forbid instigating the death of a terminally ill patient.
Most authorities permit test-tube conception, but worry about what to do with the unneeded genetic material.
The Torah prohibits murder, and the Talmud maintains the prohibition on active killing, even with the terminally ill.
Contemporary Jewish thinkers have expressed a wide range of opinions about the permissibility and parameters of euthanasia.
Most rabbis permit artificial insemination using the husband's semen, but donor insemination raises more complicated questions.
Jewish views on organ donation are overridden by a single halakhic (legal) concept: pikuach nefesh—the Jewish obligation to save lives.
Though most rabbinic authorities allow organ transplants, the Jewish community has a poor track record when it comes to donations.
Does a fetus have the same legal status as a person?
Using genetic technology for therapeutic purposes is acceptable, but many related issues have yet to be addressed.
Most Jewish ethicists approve of therapeutic cloning, but question the morality of reproductive cloning.