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Hard to Even Rationalize': Hillary Clinton Backs Saudi Women Defying Driving Ban

"It is an issue that is symbolic."

AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis

LONDON (TheBlaze/AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton supports Saudi women who this week defied their kingdom's ban on female driving.

"I'm all for it," the former U.S. secretary of state said at a London event Friday. "It is an issue that is symbolic." She added that the ban is "hard to even rationalize" in today's world.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during the Chatham House Prize award ceremony in central London, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. (Credit: AP)

Clinton was speaking at London's Chatham House international affairs think tank on Friday. The organization awarded Clinton its annual Chatham House Prize to recognize her contribution to international diplomacy and work in furthering gender equality.

Late last month TheBlaze reported on a leading Saudi cleric who warned women that driving could damage their ovaries and pelvises and could result in babies born with medical problems.

Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Luhaydan, decribed by Reuters as “one of Saudi Arabia’s top conservative clerics” cautioned that driving “rolls up the pelvis.”



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