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Siri will tell you your dad’s birthday, but not where to get an abortion

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Much like her ostensible namesake Suri Cruise, Siri, the new iPhone 4S assistant, is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. She'll tell you where to find an Italian restaurant in North Beach, where to get breast implants in Queens, or even where to dump a body in the Tri-State area (she helpfully recommends a smelting plant in New Jersey). What Siri won't tell you, however, is where to procure an abortion in New York City or Washington, D.C., because Siri is either a devious instrument of the anti-choice contingent, or kind of a stupid computer program.

According to Raw Story's Megan Carpentier, if you're in Washington, D.C. and you ask Siri to find an abortion clinic, she'll direct you to a pro-life crisis pregnancy center (CPC) twenty-six miles away or to another CPC in York, Pennsylvania, instead of to the Planned Parenthood in the metro D.C. area. If you pose the same question to Siri in New York City, she will tell you that she can't find an abortion clinic. A quick Google search, however, will yield an extensive list of results.

Evidently, women all over the country are encountering similar difficulties with Siri; there are even accounts of users asking Siri where to find Plan B, only to be given a definition of emergency contraception. Apple has yet to comment on how exactly Siri's search engine works, so it's unclear if this is intentional or just a program glitch — but hey, if you live in Forest Hills and you happen to be in the market for some new sweater cows, Siri's still your gal!