Cleric in Saudi Arabia: Female drivers are hurting their ovaries

Cleric's statements draw ridicule on the web

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Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan said women aiming to overturn the ban on driving should put 'reason ahead of their hearts, emotions and passions.'

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A cleric in Saudi Arabia said women who drive risk damaging their ovaries and bearing children with clinical problems, Reuters reported.

In an interview published Friday on sabq.org, Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan said medical studies allegedly show "driving affects the ovaries" because it pushes the pelvis upwards.

"If a woman drives a car, not out of pure necessity, that could have negative physiological impacts," the cleric said in the interview.

There are no medical studies to substantiate his claims. 

"That is why we find those who regularly drive have children with clinical problems of varying degrees," the cleric said.

His statements drew the ire of many on Twitter. 

"When idiocy marries dogma in the chapel of medieval traditions, this is their prodigal child," tweeted Shamael Al-Sharikh.

In case you live under a rock, women in Saudi Arabia are still not allowed to get a driving license.

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