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Saudi sheikh warns women: Driving 'affects ovaries'

Many Saudi women defy the ban on driving Credit: Reuters

Saudi women trying to lift the country's on driving should realize that this could affect their ovaries and pelvises, according to Sheikh Salah al-Luhaydan.

The Al Arabiya website reports that the sheikh, also a psychologist, said that science has shown that driving "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."

It comes as Saudi female activists have launched an online campaign urging women to drive on October 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.”