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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, 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
 Defiling Shabbat


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