- Sep 30, 2013
Driving Likely To Damage Ovaries Says Saudi Cleric
Saudi Arabian women to defy driving ban October 26
According to CNN, Sheikh Saleh Al-Loheidan told the Saudi news website sabq.org that medical studies have shown driving to affect women's ovaries and pelvises.
"We find that for women who continuously drive cars, their children are born with varying degrees of clinical problems," Al-Loheidan said.
Al-Loheidan's comments were made in reaction to Saudi Arabian activist attempts to organize women to defy the Kingdom's ban on female drivers. Over 12,000 women have signed up on the site Oct26driving.com, declaring their intention to defy the ban on Oct. 26.
"Since there are no clear justifications for the state to ban adult, capable women from driving. We call for enabling women to have driving tests and for issuing licenses for those who pass," the petition states.
NBC reported that while no law specifically prohibits women from driving, the notorious government sanctioned religious morality police arrest female drivers based on religious edicts.