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Published on May 30, 2010
Leland Traiman is the founder of Rainbow Flag Health Services, a unique known-donor sperm bank. The philosophy and goals of the Rainbow Flag Health Services are always with the best interests of the child foremost. In this interview Traiman, a gay man of Jewish descent discusses genital integrity and the policy of his business not to offer services if the child is at risk for genital mutilation, aka circumcision.
With reference to this issue and religious freedom: A human being is not born with a particular set of religious beliefs. A child, born from parents of a particular religion, is not a member of that religion by choice. The issue is not the religious freedom of the parents, but the human rights of the child. When there is a clash between children's human rights and parental rites, Rainbow Flag Health Services is on the side of the children. "The constitutional guarantees of freedom of religion do not sanction harming another person in the practice of one's religion." Committee on Bioethics, American Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatrics, January 1988.