In a YouTube video by Islam On Demand, Are Women Deficient? - Hamza Yusuf, we have the following quote:
There's some aspect of the group, or of the, uh, individual, or in this case of the gender, that does not enable them to fully participate in something. So there's a type of [nux?] there, and that's how it's defined, but it's actually related to the fact that pregnancy is seen, you know, in sharia, for instance, as actually like an illness. And later, late-term pregnancy is considered a, uh, an actual possible terminal illness. Right? I mean it's literally seen as an illness in which the person could very well die from. Now that's been less then certainly in this culture where you have a technological means for, uh, for that, but still it's a very serious problem around the world. -- Hamza Yusuf
Needless to say, this is quite a perplexing thing to hear someone say. This was said during a question and answer session, and it may be that the scope of this sentence was meant in terms of life-threatening cases (e.g. ectopic pregnancy), or perhaps "illness" should have instead been "medical condition", but the wording does not seem to imply this.
Question: Is it true that "pregnancy is seen in sharia as like an illness"?