When does life begin? Examine Jewish beliefs on the origin and value of human life. Learn about Jewish attitudes to the sanctity of life, as well as opinions on abortion and euthanasia.
What does the term ‘sanctity of life’ mean?
The removal of the foetus before it can survive on its own
The extent to which the human life is considered precious
A gentle and easy death
What do Jews believe is meant by sanctity of life?
God gave life and so it must be respected and protected
People have the freedom to do what they want with their lives
God will decide how people behave in their lives
What does the term ‘pikuach nefesh’ mean?
That women should have the right to choose what happens to their own bodies
That life is precious
Preserving human life should overrule any other religious considerations
What is an abortion?
The live birth of a baby
The deliberate prevention of conception
Which quotation supports those who believe abortion is wrong?
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you."
"Her life takes precedence over its (the foetus') life."
"As long as it did not come out into the world, it is not a living thing."
When does Jewish law permit an abortion?
If the mother is aged under 18
If the mother's life is in danger
If the family cannot afford another child
What does 'euthanasia' mean?
Deliberately killing someone
Making the dying suffer
Gentle and easy death
Which of the Ten Commandments can be applied as an argument against euthanasia?
You shall not kill
You shall not steal
You shall not commit adultery
Which Jews may agree with the view that it is acceptable for the dying to refuse further treatments or resuscitation?
Why are many Jews against the use of euthanasia?
It is a way to show compassion to a neighbour in pain
No one should shorten life which God gives
It might result in a helper going to prison