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Siri Now REALLY Wants You To Have An Abortion [PARODY]

Robin Marty

Looks like she's finally been reprogrammed...

In light of the public relations disaster for Apple after the news broke that Siri, the “helper” ap on the iPhone, had a serious blind spot when it comes to women’s health, Apple promised the problem was just a bug and would soon be fixed.

Well, maybe they went just a little overboard in the fixing. Meet the new Siri.  She really wants you to be able to access abortion services.  Badly.

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Be sure to read all of Siri’s helpful suggestions here.  Just avoid asking her questions about baking.

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What Siri’s Blind Spot on Women’s Health Really Means

Cecile Richards

This week, blogs erupted with news that Siri had a "blind spot" when it comes to women's health. Apple should fix this immediately.

This week, blogs erupted with news that Siri had a “blind spot” when it comes to women’s health. Ask Siri, Apple’s latest app, a voice-activated personal assistant, where to get an abortion or where to find emergency contraception, and it typically replies, “Sorry, I don’t see any places matching [your query].” Or worse, as some media outlets reported, Siri only provided locations for “crisis pregnancy centers,” unlicensed clinics that don’t actually provide health care. Instead, they target women with misinformation and propaganda.

No one owns the Internet, and we tend to assume that no one can control it. But this issue with Siri does show how easily a piece of code can shape our choices by limiting or controlling our options. Siri is amazingly adept at finding what you’re looking for. Ask it for the nearest hardware store, reservations for two at your favorite Italian restaurant, where to buy Viagra, and presto — you’ve got names, maps and phone numbers. Yet the trusty little wizard suddenly gets amnesia when asked about birth control or abortion care.

While this may be nothing more than a programming glitch, it is a modern-day example of the historic struggle women have always faced in getting access to health care and health information. The episode underscores the importance of being vigilant about the availability of information and services, especially critical health information, as new technologies emerge.

Apple’s oversight, however innocent, highlights a threat that none of us should take lightly. The Internet can be a liberating force — it has largely eradicated the kind of censorship that once choked people’s reproductive rights.

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But even as the old barriers fall, technology is erecting new ones that are less visible and more insidious. When search engines shape our knowledge of the world, their blind spots become our blind spots. And when they anticipate our needs — by automatically narrowing search results to reflect our past preferences and interests — they can replace open access with the illusion of open access. Tools that could lead us to new information and insight serve mainly to reinforce our biases.

Apple should fix this immediately. And digital developers need to adopt a new ethic, and a new set of rules, to address this emerging hazard. Meanwhile, the Siri episode should remind us that search engines can hide the truth and propagate misinformation. Abortion care is still safe, legal and accessible. So is birth control, and so is emergency contraception.

So if the wizard on your smart phone is puzzled by questions about women’s health, use the phone’s browser to visit plannedparenthood.org. It’s fully accessible on mobile devices, and it won’t mislead you about where to find the health services you need. The humans who manage it make sure of that.

News Abortion

Apple’s Siri Won’t Tell You Where To Find Emergency Contraception, But Will Find Viagra

Robin Marty

“Sorry, [my name], I can’t look for places in Tanzania.”

Want to use Apple’s new interactive “Siri” on your iPhone?  “She” has tons of information — just as long as you don’t ask about birth control, abortion, emergency contraception, or even mammograms. 

After experimenting with a few easy reproductive health questions, it was discovered that Siri appears to have a blind spot when it comes to women’s health.

Via the Abortioneers:

Q: I am pregnant and do not want to be. Where can I go to get an abortion?

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“I’m really sorry about this, but I can’t take any requests right now. Please try again in a little while.”

“Sorry, [my name], I can’t look for places in Tanzania.”

“I don’t see any abortion clinics. Sorry about that.”

Q: I had unprotected sex. Where can I go for emergency contraception?

“Sorry, I couldn’t find any adult retail stores.” This was repeated every time.

Q: I need birth control. Where can I go for birth control?

“I didn’t find any birth control clinics.” [This was repeated every time I asked about birth control, all three times. This is also the answer given when I asked, “What is birth control?”]

But she does have some sage advice.  Ask for a CPC, and she can find them.  And in some cases, asking for an abortion clinic will get you a CPC instead, too.  Oh, and don’t worry about finding viagra — Siri’s got that covered.

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