Scotland Figures Show Sexually Transmitted Diseases Up Despite Plan B Promotion

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 4, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Scotland Figures Show Sexually Transmitted Diseases Up Despite Plan B Promotion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 4
, 2009

Edinburgh, Scotland (LifeNews.com) — Abortion advocates who promote the Plan B drug say that it will lead to a reduction in the number of abortions. Figures from Scotland have already shown that is not the case and, now, new numbers from the government there show that the number of sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise.

Scotland is an area where the morning after pill has been promoted heavily and the government has made it available over the counter. Abortion advocates pressed hard for the FDA to allow non-prescription sales in the United States, too.

Now, the Scottish government indicates the number of teenagers diagnosed with chlamydia has risen by 27% over the past four years. And the cases of the sexually transmitted infection among 10 to 15-year-olds increased from 249 to 318 between 2004 and 2008.

The figures also showed that recorded cases of genital warts among children increased from 54 to 62 from 2004 to 2008, while cases of gonorrhoea rose from five to seven.

The figures on sexually transmitted disease come after a May report showing abortions rose to an all-time high there.

The new Scottish data shows there were 13,817 abortions in 2008, an increase of 79 over the previous year. That’s despite the latest figures from England and Wales showing a 1.6% drop in the number of abortions carried out in 2008.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the head of the Scotland Catholic Church, was disappointed by the new numbers, saying they should "shame and debase us all," according to a BBC report.

"The 2008 abortion statistics confirm the abject failure of the so-called ‘sexual health strategy’ of recent years," he said.

"In 2007 I claimed that we kill the equivalent of a classroom full of school children every day and many objected to the vehemence of my language," he added. "Grotesquely, since then we have seen classroom sizes in Scotland fall and abortion numbers rise."

"Were this carnage to take place among children lucky enough to have been born our outrage would be boundless," he continued.

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