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Unholy Mother: The Face of Reform in Saudi Arabia

If you are about to give birth in Saudi Arabia, you better head to the hospital with the responsible male. The Saudis have announced that women entering a hospital to give birth will be held prisoner until a man arrives on the scene.

From the Arab News:

In the event that a woman is admitted to a hospital’s emergency room and is not accompanied by a man, she is to be held at the hospital in specially designated rooms to prevent her escape.

The mother is to be placed under surveillance in the hospital until a man comes forward and takes responsibility for the well-being of mother and child.

If no one comes to claim responsibility for the woman, she is to be transferred to one of the Kingdom’s social service providers after the local police have been notified.

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