Driving Miss Crazy: Saudi Sheikh says driving affects ovaries and damages pelvises

Published September 28th, 2013 - 09:01 GMT
A Saudi Sheikh has asked women to consider the health repercussions before sitting behind the wheel. (Image credit: Shutterstock)
A Saudi Sheikh has asked women to consider the health repercussions before sitting behind the wheel. (Image credit: Shutterstock)

Saudi women seeking to challenge a de facto ban on driving should realize that this could affect their ovaries and pelvises, Sheikh Salah al-Luhaydan, also a psychologist, told Saudi news website sabq.org (site in Arabic).

Al Arabiya quotes the sheikh as saying 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. This is why we find for women who continuously drive cars their children are born with clinical disorders of varying degrees,” Sheikh al-Luhaydan said.

Saudi female activists have launched an online campaign urging women to drive on Oct. 26.

More than 11,000 women have signed the oct26driving.com declaration that says: “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.”

Sheikh al-Luhaydan urged these women to consider “the mind before the heart and emotion and look at this issue with a realistic eye.”

“The result of this is bad and they should wait and consider the negativities,” he said.


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