Jewish views on organ donation are overridden by a single halakhic (legal) concept: pikuach nefesh—the Jewish obligation to save lives.
After learning the results of an experiment involving a decapitated sheep, Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach decided to permit organ donations.
Some worry that the discovery of "Jewish" genetic diseases will negatively affect the image and treatment of Jews.
Most (but not all) rabbinic authorities consider "partial birth abortion" on the same terms as other abortions.
In Judaism, the question of when "ensoulment" takes place is both unanswerable and irrelevant to the issue of abortion.
Health & Wellness
Rabbinic authorities have always been aware of heredity and genetic disease.
Does the genome project take imitatio dei too far--beyond imitating God, to playing God?
Though most rabbinic authorities allow organ transplants, the Jewish community has a poor track record when it comes to donations.
What is the Jewish position on RU-486 ?
Does a fetus have the same legal status as a person?
Abortions are sometimes permitted when the pregnant woman is at risk.
Using genetic technology for therapeutic purposes is acceptable, but many related issues have yet to be addressed.