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Siri, The Pro-Lifer: iPhone Won’t Help Find NYC Abortion Clinic, But Will Get You Guns!

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Meet Siri, Apple's Pro-Life data assistant.

Megan Carpentier of Raw Story recently noted that Siri is having trouble telling users where to find abortion clinics, and not about abortion clinics in the middle of the Bible Belt, or in the frozen tundra of Alaska. We’re talking about places like New York City and Washington D.C. which, as you can imagine, might have a few of these places. We wanted to test this theory out. Maybe Siri just isn’t a fan of Megan’s? Or maybe Siri is being moody.

Know what we found?

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What you’re looking at is a totally real, not-at-all-doctored screengrab we just took moments ago off of Ben’s* iPhone.

This is despite the simple facts that:

(A) New York City is “The Abortion Capital of America

and

(B) There are no shortages of abortion clinics in New York City.

You know what Siri could tell us?

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This is despite the simple facts that:

(A) New York City has some of the most strict gun laws and gun control policy in America

and

(B) Back to back, these two queries are—when not being exploited for editorial purposes—likely those of a psychopath possibly hellbent on inflicting violence, which—you may have heard—is a problem in America with a deep history. Not that Siri can pair queries…just like Siri can’t find an abortion clinic in a city full of them.

But maybe this is just a tech flub, one could reasonably suggest. Or maybe it has less to do with Apple and more with the original creators of Siri’s technology—named, of course, Siri—whom Apple acquired in April, 2010.

Why would anyone be conspiratorial of Apple?

(A) “Freedom from porn. Yep, freedom.” – Steve Jobs

(B) “It’s not about freedom, it’s about Apple trying to do the right thing for their users.” – Steve Jobs.

(C) “He even swore in court documents that he could not be Lisa’s father because he was ‘sterile and infertile, and as a result thereof, did not have the physical capacity to procreate a child.'” – Steve Jobs, father of Lisa Brennan-Jobs, a title he denied as they lived on welfare payments for part of the eight years the Apple chairman denied paternity until finally giving in.

It’s not that Steve Jobs—who Siri was acquired under while he was still CEO, not on medical leave, and very much in charge of Apple—had any kind of hellbent anti-abortion agenda. But it’s clear—by his own words, and actions, without much interpretation—that the man was never comfortable with frank discussions about things like, say, sex and paternity.

So, yeah: We’d say it’s okay to have a slightly conspiratorial bent, here. And we’re not the only ones concerned, here, either. From the personal Tumblr of Jenna Wortham, New York Times technology reporter:

If true, this is extremely important. Not just because of the subject matter but because its important to understand that our access to news and INFORMATION may increasingly be funneled through large companies like Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon, who may have hidden agendas, policies or biases we don’t know about.

Betabeat wrote in to Apple’s media contacts:

Hey There –

We’re doing a story regarding Megan Carpentier’s recent Raw Story posting on the fact that Siri won’t locate abortion clinics in New York City, once referred to as “The Abortion Capital of America.” We tested it out, and it’s true: Siri won’t find any. But she will help you find a gun store in New York City—in Little Italy, no less!— a municipality with some of the strictest gun control laws in America.

Why is this?

Thanks!

- Foster.

Apple has yet to respond to the aforementioned request for comment.

[*....Which he can now write off.]

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Comments

  1. Stephen says:

    Well, Steve Jobs was quoted as saying he was glad he didn’t “end up as an abortion” …

    1. anon says:

      Aren’t you glad you didn’t end up as an abortion?

  2. Anon says:

    How many abortion clinics list themselves as “abortion clinics”? What happens when you ask Siri about “Planned Parenthood,” “women’s health,” “reproductive health” or something like that? The “gun shop” search returns two items that have those words in their name, and one wrong result.

    1. Foster Kamer says:

      Google it. Seriously. We found plenty of them. Android users don’t have problems with that specific query at all. So why do Apple users?

    2. Foster Kamer says:

      Google it. Seriously. We found plenty of them. Android users don’t have problems with that specific query at all. So why do Apple users?

  3. Hyperiongate says:

    Hope they fix this fast.  We need to make sure iPhone users have easy access to abortions!  The less offspring they birth the better!

    1. Anonymous says:

      In particular, Megan Carpentier should never reproduce in any form (budding, hermaphroditic self-insemination, cloning, etc.).

  4. Paul says:

    What’s the matter betabeat, not enough murder of the unborn going on for your taste?

  5. Knitting Crazy says:

    It will answer where to hide a dead body, though. Abortion clinics don’t call themselves “abortion clinics.” Look for Planned Parenthood or “women’s services.”

  6. Jwsmith says:

    Perhaps searching on “abortion clinic” isn’t the best search?  Family planning….women’s clinic…planned parenthood…those would be more appropriate searches.  What abortion clinic calls themselves an abortion clinic?  

  7. Anonymous says:

    The iphone has more sense than most liberals, then, if it is pro-life!

  8. Joshua Wyner says:

    I asked Siri to find me the closest Planned Parenthood and received multiple results. Although I’m glad you were able to find a specific query that didn’t give you the answers you desired, thus allowing you to whine on your blog, that doesn’t make the software “pro life.”

    Actually, you’re right. Via your logic, Siri “hates” my mother-in-law. Although it already knows which contact is my mother-in-law, yesterday when I asked Siri to “Send a text to my mother-in-law” it replied “Ready to send a text to your mother. It says “in law.””

    QED, apparently.

  9. Desertgas says:

    I have Vlingo on my Droid.  It can find you an ‘abortion clinic’ in Phoenix.  

  10. Anonymous says:

    It doesn’t get more silly than a bunch of nasally libs freaking out that siri wont point them to the nearest birth control butcher. So is calling siri pro-life an admission that pro-choice = pro-death? Isn’t this really more about progressives loosing influence in American society at large? Yes, I think so.

  11. Eric Olsen says:

    “But she will help you find a gun store in New York City—in Little Italy, no less!”

    My Italian mother said you bigoted, whiny crybabies can go f*ck yourselves.

  12. TallDave says:

    Well, obviously you buy a gun and use it to perform your abortion.  This problem solves itself.

    Seriously, the ratio of gun shops to abortion clinics is probably most of the issue here.

  13. Good.  Apple actually did something right for a change.  However, as others have noted, I would suspect that if you use slightly different search terms, you’re more likely to get the results you want.

    Of course, if you type in ‘reproductive health’ or ‘women’s health’, you’re also likely to get pro-life crisis pregnancy centers, which is a very good thing, instead of finding a place to legally murder an unborn human being.

    1. Daized79 says:

      It’s not murder if it’s legal.  It’s immoral killing.  Or some such.  Murder is by definition unlawful.

    2. Daized79 says:

      It’s not murder if it’s legal.  It’s immoral killing.  Or some such.  Murder is by definition unlawful.

    3. Anonymous says:

      Crisis Pregnancy Centers are deceptive and should be illegal.  Rather than Planned Parenthood, which tells you all of your options, CPCs rely on lies to force you to stay pregnant.  Revolting and if this country was half as liberal as you thought it was, they’d have been shut down a long, long time ago.

    4. Anonymous says:

      Crisis Pregnancy Centers are deceptive and should be illegal.  Rather than Planned Parenthood, which tells you all of your options, CPCs rely on lies to force you to stay pregnant.  Revolting and if this country was half as liberal as you thought it was, they’d have been shut down a long, long time ago.

  14. Judimc6 says:

    I love Siri!! And Siri loves babies!!!

  15. ninjaandy1975 says:

    This, more than anything else, makes me want to buy an iphone.

  16. Brendan says:

    Betabeat, upset that even more minority children might not be aborted?

    I love how you point to the NYT being concerned about who controls information; they just want a return to the good old days when they spoon fed the public what they deemed appropriate.

  17. KILL THEM BABIES says:

    No wounder the stock prices on rubbers are down…if you make a baby just have it killed……no problem, they really need to get this bug fixed, thousands of kids are living that could be killed today.

  18. JMZ says:

    Conservatives love Apple because Stevie had billions of dollars and theres no record of him ever donating to any charity.  He also ran his company like a fascist, and controls users experience the same way….

    1. Anonymous says:

      Conservatives donate far more to charities than leftists or big government Democrats.  Your rant is a farce.

  19. Gonarrheaburns says:

    I checked this out and for those slow enough to have conspiracy theories about Steve Jobs, why don’t you try looking up planned parenthood centers. I found one and I live in one of the most conservitve areas around Houston.

    1. MR says:

      I don’t think it’s the issue of the centers not being there, rather, the fact that Siri won’t find it for you.

  20. Kaj772388 says:

    Notice all the gun stores have the word ‘gun’ in them? Whereas, most abortion rarely have the word ‘abortion’ in the name of the clinic.

  21. Daized79 says:

    I imagine it’s in order to protect the abortion clinics from the people who just searched for gun stores.   hamevin yavin.

  22. Mark Prior says:

    so the phone doesn’t believe in killing innocent future people… good

  23. Ross Arkin says:

    I tried “family planning clinic” and it returns with “cant find any abortion clinics” but “planned parenthood” returns 3 results near my location.

  24. Flitespeed says:

    Thanks BetaBeat!  After seeing on the news that Siri couldn’t find an abortion clinic when  the reporter was standing in front of one while holding the iPhone, I was wondering if it would do the same for a law abiding gun owner trying to find a gun shop.  Happily, that’s not the case although as a previous poster noted, it got one of the results wrong.
    BTW one of the reasons that New York has one of the highest crime rates in the country is BECAUSE of the “most strict gun laws and gun policy in America”.