A PRO-LIFE group has severely criticised proposed measures to combat the epidemic of sexually-transmitted diseases.
Nuala Scarisbrick, a trustee of Life, the pregnancy counselling charity, said it was “absurd” to simply throw money at contraceptive services.
She said it was far more important to teach young people the values of chastity and fidelity so that they were less likely to catch diseases in the first place.
“When will they learn that it is precisely the Government’s relentless promotion of valuefree sex education and ever more available contraception for ever younger children which is a major cause of the problem?” she asked.
“Sexually transmitted infection rates rose by 57 per cent between 1995 and 2003 and are still rising. The number of chlamydia cases went up by 200 per cent; syphilis cases rose by 1,400 per cent.
“These diseases are reaching epidemic proportions in many of our cities. One in 10 young women is now infected.
“And what is our purblind Department of Health’s response?
“Public Health Minister Melanie Johnson has announced that another £300 million is being poured into the “sexual health” programme, including funding for “campaign work” and more contraception. This will simply make matters worse.
“It will encourage yet more promiscuity among the young and this in turn will inevitably increase sexually transmitted disease and pregnancy rates.”