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Saud doctor dismisses claim made by cleric that driving can affect a woman's ovaries
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, September 30, 2013 10:54 AM EDT
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia
A Saudi doctor has gone on-air to dismiss claims made by a well-known cleric who caused a stir when he said medical studies show driving affects a woman's ovaries.
He was addressing remarks by Sheik Saleh Saad el-Leheidan who said that women who drive suffer from having the pelvis forced upward. His remarks were published Saturday in an interview with the website el-Sabq.
Hard-line clerics have opposed a campaign scheduled for October 26 calling on women to drive in defiance of a ban in the ultraconservative kingdom.
Another cleric this month called on people to harass women who drive.