iPhones are pro-life

Indignant complaints about Siri, the virtual personal assistant on the new iPhones, which will give you information about just about everything, but not where you can get an abortion:

If you ask Siri for an abortion clinic in New York City, it will tell you “Sorry, I couldn’t find any abortion clinics.” A simple Google web search—which Siri itself uses to find results—gives you seven to start with, some within walking distance of where I’m located.

• If you ask the same question in the city of Washington DC, Siri won’t direct you to a nearby clinic, but to one 26 miles away.

• A reader reported that when he asked “find a pregnancy termination clinic” Siri responded: “I found a number of medical centers fairly close to you.” Then “it showed me seven results and four of them were chiropractors, two were acupuncture specialists, and one was an emergency room.” Update: Indeed, after we tested this, it’s true.

Apparently, women across the country are having similar experiences.. To make matters worse, the iPhone 4S’ smart assistant will not direct you to a place where you can obtain emergency contraception if you ask for it. Instead, it gives you a definition.

via Is Siri Pro Life? Apparently Yes (Updated).

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Booklover

    :-)

    Three generations from now, a young woman who is alive because her great-grandmama’s Siri failed, will program her Siri Flight System to whisk her to the nearest abortion center. Her Siri Flight System will go putt putt, ppbblppbbl.

    Three generations from then, *her* great granddaughter will. . . and the life goes on. . . :-)

  • Booklover

    :-)

    Three generations from now, a young woman who is alive because her great-grandmama’s Siri failed, will program her Siri Flight System to whisk her to the nearest abortion center. Her Siri Flight System will go putt putt, ppbblppbbl.

    Three generations from then, *her* great granddaughter will. . . and the life goes on. . . :-)

  • http://farnham.tumblr.com Will

    This story is little more than sensationalism. You can ask Siri to find the nearest Planned Parenthood, and it has no trouble. It’s all about which kind of search Siri runs on the backend depending on your query.

  • http://farnham.tumblr.com Will

    This story is little more than sensationalism. You can ask Siri to find the nearest Planned Parenthood, and it has no trouble. It’s all about which kind of search Siri runs on the backend depending on your query.

  • Michael B.

    Booklover +1

  • Michael B.

    Booklover +1

  • Michael B.

    I have the perfect idea for a pro-life iphone app. The user could put in an estimated age of the fetus and from there the app would show a picture of the fetus at its current stage of development. And each day, it would show new messages (displayed as red numeric number at the top right of application’s icon), and it would say something like “today your baby now has a heart beat”.

    In version 2.0, we could make it GPS enabled, and have it such that if the iphone came near an abortion clinic, the iphone would play a sound like that sounded like a child’s voice saying “mama, don’t go in there!”. And maybe it would secretly send text messages to specially trained pro-life people to meet her there and try to talk her out of getting an abortion.

  • Michael B.

    I have the perfect idea for a pro-life iphone app. The user could put in an estimated age of the fetus and from there the app would show a picture of the fetus at its current stage of development. And each day, it would show new messages (displayed as red numeric number at the top right of application’s icon), and it would say something like “today your baby now has a heart beat”.

    In version 2.0, we could make it GPS enabled, and have it such that if the iphone came near an abortion clinic, the iphone would play a sound like that sounded like a child’s voice saying “mama, don’t go in there!”. And maybe it would secretly send text messages to specially trained pro-life people to meet her there and try to talk her out of getting an abortion.

  • DonS

    “To make matters worse…” — hmm, I guess that depends on your point of view.

  • Cincinnatus

    Non-story. Abortion clinics aren’t actually called “abortion clinics.” They’re called “Planned Parenthoods,” “women’s health centers,” or “reproductive health clinics” and the like.

    And Steve Jobs was emphatically pro-abortion. So there’s no secret Apple conspiracy here to foist a pro-life agenda upon the world through his technology.

    Also, first world problems: “My iPhone won’t give me immediate verbal directions to the nearest abortion clinic.”

  • DonS

    “To make matters worse…” — hmm, I guess that depends on your point of view.

  • Cincinnatus

    Non-story. Abortion clinics aren’t actually called “abortion clinics.” They’re called “Planned Parenthoods,” “women’s health centers,” or “reproductive health clinics” and the like.

    And Steve Jobs was emphatically pro-abortion. So there’s no secret Apple conspiracy here to foist a pro-life agenda upon the world through his technology.

    Also, first world problems: “My iPhone won’t give me immediate verbal directions to the nearest abortion clinic.”

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Good points, Cincinnatus (@6).

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Good points, Cincinnatus (@6).

  • J Voss

    I understand that Steve Jobs was thankful he was not aborted.

  • J Voss

    I understand that Steve Jobs was thankful he was not aborted.

  • http://deaconschroeder.blogspot.com/ Josh Schroeder

    The First Law of Robitics: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Laws_of_Robotics

    See also p. 254 of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (but don’t ignore p.89, either).

    Just sayin’.

    And Cincinnatus is right – just change your search parameters a little bit and Siri doesn’t have any problems locating abortionists and providing directions.

  • http://deaconschroeder.blogspot.com/ Josh Schroeder

    The First Law of Robitics: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Laws_of_Robotics

    See also p. 254 of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (but don’t ignore p.89, either).

    Just sayin’.

    And Cincinnatus is right – just change your search parameters a little bit and Siri doesn’t have any problems locating abortionists and providing directions.

  • http://carolmsblog.blogspot.com/ C-Christian Soldier

    # 8
    that is my understanding as well–
    Carol-CS
    LA Lutherans for Life

  • http://carolmsblog.blogspot.com/ C-Christian Soldier

    # 8
    that is my understanding as well–
    Carol-CS
    LA Lutherans for Life

  • http://carolmsblog.blogspot.com/ C-Christian Soldier

    # 9
    thank you for the information-
    C-CS

  • http://carolmsblog.blogspot.com/ C-Christian Soldier

    # 9
    thank you for the information-
    C-CS

  • Cincinnatus

    @8: Indeed. But he also strenuously encouraged his girlfriend to abort his child (she didn’t) and insisted that, whatever she did, that she not put him up for adoption. He also held pro-abortion fundraisers at his residence, etc.

    Like I said, there’s no secret message here.

  • Cincinnatus

    @8: Indeed. But he also strenuously encouraged his girlfriend to abort his child (she didn’t) and insisted that, whatever she did, that she not put him up for adoption. He also held pro-abortion fundraisers at his residence, etc.

    Like I said, there’s no secret message here.


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