Apple's Latest iPhone Has No Problem Pointing Users to Viagra, But Comes Up Blank on Birth Control, Abortion

This year’s latest iPhone features Siri — which Apple bills as “the intelligent personal assistant that helps you get things done just by asking.” Siri can help you secure movie tickets, plan your schedule, and order Chinese food, but when it comes to reproductive health care and services, Siri is clueless.

According to numerous news sources, when asked to find an abortion clinic Siri either draws a blank, or worse refers women to pregnancy crisis centers. As we’ve blogged about in the past, pregnancy crisis centers, which often bill themselves as resources for abortion care, do not provide or refer for abortion and are notorious for providing false and misleading information about abortion. Further, if you’d like to avoid getting pregnant, Siri isn’t much use either. When asked where one can find birth control, apparently Siri comes up blank.

The ACLU put Siri to the test in our Washington D.C. office. When a staffer told Siri she needed an abortion, the iPhone assistant referred her to First Choice Women’s Abortion Info and Pregnancy Center and Human Life Pregnancy-Abortion Information Center. Both are pregnancy crisis centers that do not provide abortion services, and the second center is located miles and miles away in Pennsylvania.

It’s not just that Siri is squeamish about sex. The National Post reports that if you ask Siri where you can have sex, or where to get a blow job, “she” can refer you to a local escort service.

Although it isn’t clear that Apple is intentionally trying to promote an anti-choice agenda, it is distressing that Siri can point you to Viagra, but not the Pill, or help you find an escort, but not an abortion clinic.

We’re confident that the developers at Apple want to provide iPhone users with accurate information. Stand with us and ask Apple to set Siri straight and fix this problem.

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Mikey P

Or you can ask Siri's provider Yelp why they're censoring this and thus crippling Siri downstream....

Anonymous

The problem isnt the phone it is the ACLU. Please pull your lips over your head and swallow!!!

Anonymous

Wow, the ACLU is more of an attention whore than even PETA. Go play with a drum circle you small minded morons.

Big D

Or you can ask why the ACLU is censoring the comments to this pathetic blog.

mr124

Try asking "how do I murder an unborn child"

Zach in Med School

Or, since Apple is a private company, we can leave it alone and allow it to display the information that it wants. How about that?

Anonymous

My God, how can people in the ACLU live with themselves? They have no moral compass whatsoever.

Anonymous

you people are now jumping the shark.

Abortionist

Believe it or not, abortion clinics don't advertise themselves as "abortion clinics."

Sean Winter

I just asked Siri and she found me one 11 miles away...

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