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! 

Commentarium (13 Comments)

Nov 29 11 - 8:07pm
Wouldn't it

be a shame if all the knocked-up libs had to live with the results of their actions? What if everyone wanted to say "do over" whenever the outcome wasn't what they like? Better question: why weren't the pro-choicer's mothers more pro-choice? At least then we wouldn't have any OWS.

Nov 29 11 - 8:31pm
Gazbo

Interestingly, the rate of unplanned pregnancies among conservatives is slightly higher ('cause, you know, if you forget to abstain even once - you're fucked) and the rate of abortions about the same.
Legal or not.

Nov 30 11 - 3:39am
Wouldn't it

be amazing if "Wouldn't it" used his brain before typing?

Nov 30 11 - 4:07am
Dee

A pro-choicers mother can absolutely be pro-choice, man. She made the choice to have her baby, she respects the right of other mothers to do the same or to have an abortion. You see. Pro-choice =/= pro-abortion.

Nov 30 11 - 3:32pm
yep

@Gazbo, conservatives like sex too so of course there will be unplanned pregnancies. At least we don't kill the "inconveniences." What do you pro-choicers do to support post-abortive women who are suffering? That's right, NOTHING!!

Nov 29 11 - 9:41pm
nope

Even suggesting that this could be due to Siri being a "stupid program" is laughably naive. Yes, I'm sure this identical, very specific problem keeps popping up for completely apolitical, coincidental reasons.

Nov 29 11 - 11:33pm
MBR

"She'll tell you where to dump a body in the Tri-State area." Dumping a body sounds like an abortion. Good for Apple if they intentionally made Siri pro-life.

Nov 30 11 - 4:06am
Dee

You're totally right MBR, this http://www.abortionaccess.info/abortionpictures.htm
is equivalent to murder. Absolutely right.

Nov 30 11 - 7:33am
ridic

I kind of feel bad for tech companies that get caught up in these political side battles. It seems a bit crazy to omit the information, but it's also only a matter of time before some Mom complains that Siri helped her son figure out where to buy a gun/alcohol/etc.

Nov 30 11 - 10:46am
Doofus

Anyone relying solely on their iphone 4 for contaceptive advice shouldn't be having sex.

Nov 30 11 - 3:32pm
@doofus

thank you for the sanity check. i couldn't agree more.

Nov 30 11 - 10:57am
MSM

I guess I would ask, if the search is skewed on this one item, what other things haven't been noticed yet. By the postings here this is a hot button topic. But what if Siri started replying with Rick Perry type of answers, wrong legal voting age and wrong general election dates. Is Siri providing only answers limited to a very narrow view.