Human cloning. Genetic identity. Assisted suicide. Surrogacy. Significant progress — but thorny ethical issues. Modern medical advances can improve and prolong life but also raise dilemmas about its sanctity and dignity — and Judaism has a lot to say about it. This 10-session course explores the positive, negative, beneficial, and detrimental aspects of the new technologies in the medical field and the wisdom Judaism offers us in our encounters with them. The course was designed and written by world-renowned medical ethicist, Rabbi Elliot Dorff, PhD (author of Matters of Life and Death: A Jewish Approach to Modern Medical Ethics).
Table of Contents
Lesson 1 - Cloning of Plants, Animals, and Humans
Lesson 2 - Prenatal Interventions and the Termination of Pregnancy
Lesson 3 - Surrogate Motherhood and Multiple Parents
Lesson 4 - Sperm Banking and Posthumous Sperm Retrieval
Lesson 5 - Genetic Identity
Lesson 6 - Gene Testing
Lesson 7 - Pain Management and Drug Addiction
Lesson 8 - Passive Euthanasia: Heroic Efforts vs. Letting Nature Take Its Course
Lesson 9 - Assisted Suicide/Aid in Dying
Lesson 10 - The Distribution of Health Care: Who Gets It? Who Pays for It?