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Women drivers could suffer damage to ovaries, says Saudi Sheikh

Women who drive risk having children born with clinical disorders, he told a news outlet in the kingdom

Women drivers could suffer damage to ovaries, says Saudi Sheikh
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A Saudi sheikh has warned women that driving could affect their ovaries and pelvises, it was reported.

Sheikh Salah Al Luhaydan warned their health could be at risk if they get behind the wheel and that driving “could have a reverse physiological impact”.

“Physiological science and functional medicine studied this side [and found] that it automatically affects ovaries and rolls up the pelvis,” he told Saudi news website sabq.org, the Daily Mail newspaper reported.

“This is why we find for women who continuously drive cars their children are born with clinical disorders of varying degrees.”

It is illegal for women to drive in Saudi Arabia, but the Kingdom has faced recent renewed protests from some women calling for the ban to be lifted.

The Daily Mail also referred to a 2011 “scientific” report commissioned by Saudi’s religious council that claimed that relaxing the ban would see more Saudis - both men and women - turn to homosexuality and pornography.

The report, in conjunction with Kamal Subhi, a former professor at the King Fahd University, assessed the possible impact of repealing the ban in Saudi Arabia, the Mail article said.

It warned that allowing women to drive would “provoke a surge in prostitution, pornography, homosexuality and divorce”.

Within ten years of the ban being lifted there would be “no more virgins” in the Islamic kingdom, the report claimed.

It also said a “moral decline” could already be seen in other Muslim countries where women were allowed to drive.

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are not permitted to drive. The ban has been in place since the establishment of the state in 1932.

ABC 6 years ago

....wait, what? you were not joking??

steve 6 years ago

I am trying to find something to say but I just can't find words.

Abood Abu Saad 6 years ago

Ya Rabb! Save us Muslims from such ignorance.

Jay 6 years ago

Sheikh Salah
I will be polite and ask what evidence have you got for this statement and be specific on what disorders your talking about
It's the 21st century and I would have expect more from an educated man as you do mankind a disservice making these silly statements
Women have driven since cars were invented with no effects
Shame on you and wake up
Saudi women are entitled to drive and nowhere in the Quran does it say no

Annoyed 6 years ago

Words of wisdom !
Oh, the Nobel committee , are you listening in Sweden ?
Here is one worth the Nobel prize for invention in the field of Medicine.

Mick 6 years ago

Women have been driving for nearly a century. This has never been an issue. Has anyone enlightened him that in the rest of the forward thinking world.....that women driving is a normal thing and has no proven detriment outside of accidents (of which more men are the cause, than women)?
Well, I guess this means that they are at the end of the argument when they need to fumble around for weak stuff like this.

HD_dxb 6 years ago

I don't know if I should laugh or cry. Very sad and disgusting.

Max 6 years ago

Since when did you become the Pan Arabia Enquirer?

Lily 6 years ago

I don't know which one to cry about, Driving could damage the ovaries or "It warned that allowing women to drive would “provoke a surge in prostitution, pornography, homosexuality and divorce”.
Palm firmly applied to the face!!

Johan 6 years ago

This is the clearest form of propaganda I have ever seen. Do you mean to tell us that a woman will damage her ovaries if she sits in a chair as well?? Cars do not have anything to do with sin.