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, when does a fetus acquire the rights of a person?
When it is conceived
When its movements are perceptible by the mother
When it reaches its due date
When it is born
Question 2. True or false: In some situations, Jewish law actually requires a woman to have an abortion.
Question 3. 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 4. True or False: All Jews are pro-choice.
Question 5. True or false: Jewish law always forbids organ donation.
Question 6. According to most traditional Jewish authorities, who is legally considered the father of a child born via donor sperm?
The man who raises the child
The man who provides the sperm
They are both considered fathers of the child
The child is considered to have no father
Question 7. 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 8. Which of the following biblical characters seems to have requested an assisted suicide?
Question 9. 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 10. Jewish genetic diseases occur
only in the Ashkenazi community
only in the Sephardic community
only in those who descend from converts
in all Jewish communities