Saudi Vice episode 36: Don’t give birth without your guardian!
It is time for another episode of:
Where we follow our heroes from the Saudi Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice as they protect and serve the Saudi public, guarding them from evil forces!
From Arab News:
The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) has officially prevented women from visiting medical clinics without male guardians.
This came after a member of the Council of Senior Scholars issued a “fatwa” (edict) prohibiting women from visiting male doctors without having male guardians present.
“Islamic law does not permit women to visit their doctors without male guardians,” said Qais Al-Mubarak, a member of the Council of Senior Scholars. “Women are prohibited from exposing body parts to male doctors in Islamic law, especially during childbirth. This does not include medical emergencies. Islamic jurisprudence makes exceptions,” he added.
If childbirth isn’t an emergency, it is unclear what is. But,hey, you can understand how Saudi male obstetricians can get uncontrollably turned on at the sight of a sweaty, screaming woman exposing her private parts. It’s only natural, and Islamic jurisprudence must guard against it.
Male guardians can only be the next of kin in Islam. They are sons, grandsons, husbands, brothers, fathers or uncles.
Al-Mubarak said male doctors could conduct medical examinations on female patients only if female physicians are unavailable and only if male guardians accompany them.
“Unaccompanied visits to male doctors can have negative implications,” he said.
I wonder if Saudi medical school textbooks censor gynecological diagrams. Maybe the students practice delivering babies with camels.
Other Saudi Vice news:
Of course, the annual Saudi war against Valentine’s Day.
Also, if you are a woman in Saudi Arabia, don’t try to go to the main library in the Grand Mosque in Mecca.
The good news? The Saudi king overturned a death penalty for an Indonesian housemaid who has been in jail for a while awaiting her execution. Her crime? Sorcery.