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Sterilizations of the Akha
Sterilizations of Akha women without their consent are ongoing in Thailand medical facilities.
In 1978 the American Baptist Missionary Paul W. Lewis got his Phd. from the University of Oregon for a thesis he wrote about a program he set up to sterilize Akha women in Thailand. In a video interview made in the mid 1990's Paul W. Lewis says that the sterilizations were a good thing, even though he was forced to stop the program. He states that he "PIONEERED" sterilizations of tribal women. The Thai govt. said they had "too many" of these people running around and asked for his help. He states that the Thai govt. was wonderful to him and his project. After Paul W. Lewis was stopped, the other missionaries continued to justify the project, and the Thai government continued the sterilizations.
Paul W. Lewis states in his thesis that it was easier to sterilize a woman before she had a boy child if she was converted to be Christian first.
Paul W. Lewis committed an act of genocide against the Akha. He is retired in the Claremont College area of California.
The President of the University of Oregon and the State Board of Education in Oregon, are avoiding this issue. The office of the President stated that they have no problem with this thesis or PhD. as of Sept. 2007.
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