UPDATE: Apple says that this phenomenon is a glitch and naturally, they aren’t trying to pass a pro-life agenda through a phone. See original article below.
If you’re an iPhone 4S user, you know that the digital assistant Siri can find you just about anything. Mention that you want a burrito and Siri will find any eatery in a 20 mile radius with a burrito on the menu. Ask where to buy a gun and Siri’s got options. Some HuffPo writer even got Siri to answer the questions from Jadakiss’ 2004 song “Why”. Siri will do a lot of things – offer driving directions, give you choices for dinner, make you a father, find local shopping help…wait, what’d I just say?!
Some clever argumentative folk, or some women down on their uterine luck (we don’t know which), tested Siri’s knowledge about local abortion clinics. Siri, in its infinite wisdom, drew a blank. Siri also couldn’t figure out where to find emergency contraception.
I thought I’d put Siri to the task of finding me an abortion clinic (note to wife: not because I need one, because I’m an investigative journalist), and a pot dispensary, just for good measure:
So seems that you shouldn’t try to ask Siri for an abortion, but it’s still effective enough to ask for “Planned Parenthood.” Or, in this case, unplanned-unparenthood. And I also can’t get any weed for my glaucoma.
Our suggestion: If you’re not ready to be a daddy and you’re finding yourself in need of a little next-day-medical-oops-attention, go “old school” and Google what you need.