“Islamic sharia does not have a text forbidding women driving."
Not that this will necessarily change things any time soon in the Saudi Kingdom, but it's a promising turn of events, and women are continuing to lobby (as they have been for a very long time) for permission to drive. There's even an online campaign- oct26driving.com- set for October 26, where Saudi women are being urged to get in a car and drive, and are demanding they be given driving tests and licences if they pass.
In response, we now have some loon telling women that driving will cause female problems. Yep, Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Luhaydan told women that he believes that if they drive,
“.. [it]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."The good Sheikh happens to be a judicial and psychological consultant of some sort, to the Gulf Psychological Association.
Al Arabiya has some good responses from the Twittersphere.